Easy baked lemon chicken

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Baked lemon chicken is a delicious, easy dinner recipe that happens to be gluten- and dairy free and low carb. Perfect served with a side salad for dinner.

Easy baked lemon chicken

Weeknight dinners need to tick a few boxes. Tasty? Of course. Quick and easy? I mean, duh! Healthy-ish? Preferred. This here baked lemon chicken ticks all of those boxes and then some. The chicken only takes 5 minutes to prep before it goes into a hot oven to bake until golden brown and juicy.

The wine/stock, lemon, garlic and herbs make a delicious sauce, perfect served with mashed potatoes or rice. And if you want to keep it low carb, serve the chicken with a simple side salad or steamed greens. Now that’s weeknight dinner perfection!

Chicken pieces in pan with fresh lemon.

How to make baked lemon chicken

Chicken leg portions are ideal for baking as they don’t dry out easily, however feel free to use any chicken portions you have/like. Place chicken in an oven-proof dish and season generously with salt and pepper on both sides. Add chopped garlic, fresh thyme and lemon slices to the chicken. Mix together lemon juice, wine/stock and season the liquid with salt and pepper then pour into the pan. Bake the chicken in a hot oven until golden brown and juicy with the sauce reduced.

What do you eat lemon chicken with?

The chicken is full of flavor and a real showstopper so serve with simple side dishes like:

  1. Easy side salad with lemon dressing

  2. Crispy salt and pepper smashed potatoes
  3. Easy marinated cucumber salad
  4. Garlic Parmesan mashed potatoes

Easy baked lemon chicken

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5 from 4 votes
Easy baked lemon chicken
Easy baked lemon chicken
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Baked lemon chicken is a delicious, easy dinner recipe that happens to be gluten- and dairy free and low carb. Perfect served with a side salad for dinner. 

Course: Easy Dinner, Gluten free
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked lemon chicken, easy chicken recipe, lemon chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 318 kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Ingredients
  • 1 kg chicken leg portions (approximately 200-250g (7oz) each)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed
  • fresh thyme
  • ½ lemon sliced
  • 2 cups white wine/chicken stock
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 220ºC/430ºF. 

  2. Place the chicken in an oven-proof dish and season generously with salt and pepper on both sides. 

  3. Add the garlic, thyme and lemon slices. 

  4. Mix the lemon juice and wine/stock and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Pour into the dish with the chicken. 

  5. Transfer the chicken to the oven and allow to bake for 30-35 minutes or until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through. The sauce will also have reduced slightly. 

  6. Remove from the oven and serve with side dishes of your choice. 

Nutrition Facts
Easy baked lemon chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 318 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 160mg 53%
Sodium 326mg 14%
Potassium 1088mg 31%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Sugars 1g
Protein 55g 110%
Vitamin A 1.5%
Vitamin C 27.8%
Calcium 2.6%
Iron 7.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Gabi
    Reply

    Easy and delicious, I served it with polenta and steamed beans and my family loved it.

  • Reply

    How easy is this dinner?! So nice and light and fresh. I think even my boys could manage this recipe Alida! Forwarding them the recipe!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      It honestly couldn’t be any easier. 🙂 Hope they love it.

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