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Irresistible Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs. Quick and easy! - BoulderLocavore.com

Irresistible Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs

Searing chicken thighs leaves the skin crisp, and the meat succulent. The braising process fully develops the flavors and a lovely broth perfect to drizzle over the chicken when serving. 
TIP: Selecting uniformly sized chicken thighs will allow the most uniform cooking results.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword braised chicken thighs, lemon garlic chicken thighs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings (2 thighs per serving)
Calories 745kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 8 bone-in skin-on Chicken Thighs
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground Black Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Unsalted Butter
  • 6 Garlic Cloves , diced
  • 1 cup chopped Shallot
  • ½ cup Lemon Juice
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth/Stock


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Rinse chicken thighs and pat dry with a paper towel. Salt and Pepper on both sides.
  • In a large oven-proof skillet with high sides and a lid (or a braising pan), melt the olive oil and butter over medium-high heat. Add the chicken thighs and brown on both sides. _Note: turning the thighs helps ensure the skin will not stick to the pan and separate from the chicken._Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Add the garlic and shallots to the pan and sauté until the shallots become limp; about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the lemon juice and chicken broth/stock to the pan and stir to remove any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Bring to a simmer and add the chicken thighs back to the pan.
  • Place the lid on the pan and put the pan in the pre-heated oven for 20 minutes. Remove the lid and cook for an additional 15 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken thighs reaches 160-165 degrees (it will continue to cook when removed from the oven).
  • Remove chicken from the skillet. If desired, strain the cooking liquid through a sieve to drizzle over chicken when served.


Calories: 745kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 58g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 290mg | Sodium: 532mg | Potassium: 692mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Vitamin C: 13.2mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2.1mg