Easy and delicious lemon and garlic chicken dinner

Easy and delicious lemon and garlic chicken dinner recipe coming your way today people! We all need more of these simple recipes at the moment. Life has enough challenges as…

baked lemon and garlic chicken in a grey bowl

Easy and delicious lemon and garlic chicken dinner recipe coming your way today people! We all need more of these simple recipes at the moment. Life has enough challenges as it is at the moment without unnecessary struggles at the dinner table.

baked chicken  with cucumber salad on the side

I love this recipe because it can be made ahead of time. You can marinate the chicken and put it in the fridge for a couple of days. Or you can put all the ingredients together in an air-tight bag and freeze it for up to 3 months. Take it out on the day you plan on cooking it and it will marinate as it defrosts. 30 minutes in the oven, rice, and some veggies, dinner ready. You are welcome! Don’t forget to pin it.

What do you need to make lemon garlic chicken for dinner

  • 6 organic or free-range chicken thighs, skin on, bones out. I like to take the bone out because it shortnes the cooking time significantly. If you prefer to leave the bone in, you will have to extend the cooking time to 40 minutes.
  • 4 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • Lemon zest of 1/2 lemon. Choose organic or unwaxed variety
  • 4 tbsp of lemon juice (approximately 1/2 large lemon)
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped coriander leaves (cilantro) You can use parsley insted of corinader if you don’t like the taste of it.
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp chili flakes. Leave out if cooking for kids.
  • 2 tsp of ground cumin
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder. Don’t worry if you don’t have any garlc poweder on hand. This ingredient is optional and it won’t change the delicious outcome.

Can I make this lemon and garlic chicken with chicken breast?

Yes, you most definitely can do that, but I would strongly recommend you give the thighs a go. Somehow we were made to believe that chicken breast is the healthier choice because white meat has less fat. However, this long-held assumption is now debunked. Multiple pieces of research have revealed that dark chicken meat, such as drumsticks and thighs, offers unique health benefits. Dark chicken mince contains vitamin K2. It has anti-angiogenic properties. People who eat food rich in Vitamin K2 have a 57% lower chance of dying of heart disease. But if you still want to make this recipe with chicken breast, please go ahead and just reduce cooking time by 10 minutes. 🙂

Lemon garlic chicken marinade

Not a big surprise here, of course, the deliciousness of this chicken dish is in its marinade. The mixture of garlic, lemon, cumin, and olive oil works its magic, making the chicken so deliciously crunchy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside. For the best results marinate overnight or at least for 3 hours. Soooo good!!!

chicken thighs in lemon and garlic marinade on a blue chopping board

How to make the it

  • Make the marinade. Grate the lemon zest, cut coriander (cilantro), crush the garlic. Put everything in a mixing bowl along with the olive oil, ground cumin, garlic powder, and salt and mix well to combine.
  • Add the chicken thighs and mix well so that the chicken is fully covered with the marinade. I like to “massage” the chicken to make sure every little bit got the delicious marinade.
uncooked chicken thighs in a glass bowl with the garlic chicken marinade
  • Refrigerate it in an air-tight container or a ziplock bag for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  • Meal-prep option. At this point, you can transfer everything in a lock zip bag and refrigerate it for later use. This recipe is a great make-ahead dinner
  • Preheat oven to 200’C (400’F)
  • Heat 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil in an OVEN-PROOF frying pan and fry the chicken thighs on medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes skin down, until the skin is nice and golden. Turn the thighs skin side up and fry for another minute or two to seal the other side.
6 golden fried lemon and garlic chicken thighs in a frying pan
  • Bake it. Transfer the frying pan into the oven and bake the chicken for 20 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Please be mindful that the frying pan is VERY HOT. I usually put a kitchen mitten on the frying pan handle so I don’t grab it accidentally. Yes, that happened to me before… Ouch!!

golden fried chicken thighs closed up shot

Can I make the garlic chicken ahead and freeze it?

As mentioned above you can marinate the chicken overnight for the next day. But you also can marinate the chicken and freeze it until needed. Simply take it out the day before you will cook it and leave it in the fridge to defrost naturally. The chicken will marinate while it is defrosting.

If you have any leftovers, you can refrigerate them in an airtight container for up to 3 days. This chicken is delicious cold and makes a great addition to a quick lunch salad or the feeling for a sandwich.

What should I serve this lemon garlic chicken with?

You can serve this chicken dish with some rice and veggies, or chop it up and fill corn tacos, so good! We had it with the DELICIOUS CUCUMBER AND AVOCADO SALAD WITH LIME DRESSING I posted earlier this week. What would you serve it with? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to connect with you!

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baked lemon and garlic chicken in a grey bowl

Easy and delicious lemon and garlic chicken dinner


  • Author: Elena Elliott
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 serves 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Easy and delicious dinner in 30 minutes? Of course! This garlic and lemon chicken is so nice and crispy on the outside and tender and juicy inside. Perfect meal-prep option.


Ingredients

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6 organic or free-range chicken thighs, skin on, bones out

4 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

Lemon zest of 1/2 lemon

4 tbsp of lemon juice (approximately 1/2 large lemon)

2 tbsp freshly chopped coriander leaves (cilantro)

23 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp chili flakes (leave out if cooking for kids)

2 tsp of ground cumin

2 tsp salt

1 tsp garlic powder


Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the chicken marinade in a medium-size bowl.
  2. Add the chicken thighs and mix well so that the chicken is fully covered with the marinade.
  3. Cover with an air-tight lid and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 200’C (400’F)
  5. Heat 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil in the OVEN-PROOF frying pan and fry the chicken thighs on medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Transfer the frying pan into the oven and bake the chicken for 20 minutes. Serve and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: stovetop-to-oven
  • Cuisine: Mediteranian

Keywords: lemon and garlic chicken, chicken dinner,

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5 Comments

  1. I made this tonight and it was a huge hit with my whole family! It was so easy to prepare. I served it with the Greek salad. Your recipes are always delicious! Thank you

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