Easy Lemon Chicken

So here’s the real deal.

After you try this easy lemon chicken, it will have a permanent spot on your weeknight meal rotation!  Quick, easy, and flavorful!  #recipe #chicken

I don’t usually prepare chicken with skin-on. Or with bone-in.

I have this thing about raw meat as it is, but when you add in the fact that I have to deal with skin and bones, there’s sort of a double (triple?) ewww factor involved.  If I’m being totally honest, my husband often handles the raw meat since it ooogs me out.

This recipe is one of my all-time favorite ways to prepare chicken.  Every time I make it, the Tall Boy says it’s “restaurant-quality;” although now that I type that out, I’m not sure he means that as a compliment or not.  I’m going with the former.

The best thing about this chicken is that it is packed full of flavor.  Even better?  The actual prep time is nearly non-existent–you’ll spend the most time in prepping this recipe mincing your garlic.  Quickly infuse some olive oil with the garlic; add in some white wine, lemon juice and zest, and a few spices.  Pour the mixture into a pan, top with chicken, and bake.

Easy, right?

Now, I have to admit that the first dozen or so times I’ve made this dish, I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts.  And the recipe worked just fine.  However, I decided to give it a go with the bone-in, skin-on kind…and yeah.  Definitely do that.

After you try this easy lemon chicken, it will have a permanent spot on your weeknight meal rotation!  Quick, easy, and flavorful!  #recipe #chicken

What’s your favorite easy chicken recipe?

Easy Lemon Chicken
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic (about 9 cloves)
  • ⅓ cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 4 chicken breasts, bone-in and skin on (6 to 8 ounces each)
  • 1 lemon
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Warm the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, add the garlic, and cook for just 1 minute. Don't allow the garlic to turn brown or it will taste bitter. Remove the pan from the heat, and add the white wine, lemon zest, lemon juice, oregano, thyme, and salt. Pour mixture into a 9x12 baking dish.
  3. Pat the chicken breasts dry and place them skin side up over the sauce. Brush the chicken breasts with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Cut the lemon in 8 wedges and tuck it among the pieces of chicken.
  4. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until the chicken is done and the skin is lightly browned. If needed, place chicken under the broiler for an additional 2 minutes to finish browning. Remove pan from oven and cover with aluminum foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Serve hot with the pan juices.

XO, Ashley

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  1. Oh my this picture is gorgeous. Now I want lemon chicken for breakfast!
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  2. I agree- beautiful picture! Love the simplicity of this recipe; it sounds so fresh and delicious! Will try it out soon 🙂

  3. This looks really good. And easy is perfection for me. I’m thinking perfection for game night.

  4. Yummy! Easy recipes are my fave. And I’m glad I’m not the only one ooged out by chicken. Adding bones and skin–eek! But I would face my fear in the name of this “restaurant-quality” chicken. BTW, that’s SOOO a compliment!!
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    • Haha, I made my husband deal with the skin and bones! 🙂 And you can easily make this dish with boneless breasts–but I have to admit, skin-on, bone-in is way better!

  5. Remember everyone – once cooked, no one has to eat the skin (Eww from here too). A slice of lemon under the skin makes it nice too.
    Everything cooked on the bone, whether it is chicken, beef, pork etc, etc gains alot of flavor from the bone.

  6. Yeah, I have issues with raw chicken too. Beef is fine. Just chicken. This is SO going into my rotation!
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  7. This is basically how I roast my chicken. So good. It would be extra nice not to have to hack up a whole chicken just to feed my boys, though. I might work this out with legs! Thanks, Ashley!
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  8. i always make the boyfriend de-bone and de-skin the chicken! lol! But I agree, baking it with skin and bone – SO much flavor! this a fantastic dish, Ashley. I need more ideas for chicken meals. 🙂
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    • Good thing we have those guys around to do our dirty work, haha! I do love a good chicken recipe; we eat chicken and fish mostly, and very little beef–so I am always looking for new ways to prepare it.

  9. Wow, that chicken is GORGEOUS! It just pops right off the screen!

    Thanks for linking up to What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!
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  10. That is one of the most beautiful photos of chicken I have ever seen. This looks mouth watering.
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  11. I used to hate any sort of meat with bones, but I have really learned that there is so much flavor when the bone is still in! This sounds sooo good! I’d love to have you come and link up at Taste and Tell Thursdays!
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  12. What a wonderful chicken recipe! And beautiful presentation 🙂
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  13. “If needed, place chicken under for an additional 2 minutes to finish browning.” -Under?? Under what? I’m using this recipe for Quorn brand fake vegetarian “chick’n.” Yum! Thanks!

  14. Hi! I’m visiting from the Back for Seconds linky party. This is a beautiful dish–both to the eye and to my taste buds!
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  15. Oh If only my crazy finicky hubby would let me do skin on bone in! You get so much more flavor this way! Wonderful recipe and fabulous photos as always! Thanks for linking at Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!
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  16. Sonita Hennig says:

    I made this last night and although it smelled delicious, the taste was a bit of a disaster… I got annoyed looks from the family because it was bitter! It was definitely not the garlic, I am an experienced cook and know about garlic going bitter if you fry it too much. It was the lemon zest and I didn’t even put in as much as the recipe says. I might have gotten some of the pith in when zesting the lemon, I suppose. I will try this again, because the flavors work wonderful together and we love lemon chicken, but this time without the zest.

  17. Mary Rawlings says:

    I’ve started using chicken breasts with bone in/skin on too. So tender! This sounds good. I mainly wanted to comment about your ewwws and oog’s though. Ha ha. I used to watch my aunt and uncle “dressing” chickens on the farm. You don’t EVEN want to know what’s involved there. 🙂

  18. This looks so simple and yummy. And I wanted to add… I love that you used the lemon chicken font to spell Lemon Chicken! Genius! 😉

  19. Gee whiz, and I thgouht this would be hard to find out.

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