Easy Lemon Chicken Recipe

Posted: January 9, 2013 in Dinner
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Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
 Total time: 45 mins
Serves: 4
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken thighs, skin-on, bone-in, trimmed of excess fat
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (1 teaspoon for rub and 2 teaspoons for sauce)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (1 tablespoon for rub, 1 tablespoon for cooking)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Stir mustard, 1 teaspoon of the lemon zest, oregano, thyme, salt and 1 teaspoon of the olive oil in a small bowl.
  3. Stir remaining lemon zest (2 teaspoons), lemon juice and the chicken stock in another bowl or jug.
  4. Use your fingers or a brush to coat chicken on both sides with the rub.
  5. Heat remaining tablespoon of oil in a large oven-safe skillet or frying pan over medium heat. Add smashed garlic then cook about 1 minute until you can smell toasted garlic and the garlic has browned around the edges. Remove and discard the garlic, but leave the oil.
  6. Now, add chicken, skin-side down into the hot oil and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until the skin has turned golden brown.Easy Lemon Chicken Recipe Step 1
  7. Flip the chicken then add the lemon juice mixture. Then, slide pan into the oven then bake 25 to 35 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken reads 175 degrees F.Easy Lemon Chicken Recipe Step 2
  8. Remove pan from oven then transfer the chicken to a plate and cover with aluminum foil.
  9. There should still be liquid in the pan. Place pan over medium heat and bring the liquid to a simmer.
  10. In a small bowl, use your fingers to mix butter and flour together into a dry paste. Then, whisk it into the sauce. The sauce should thicken slightly and becomes glossy.Easy Lemon Chicken Recipe Step 3
  11. Place chicken back into the pan and serve.

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