Baked Garlic Chicken Thighs With Lemon

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For garlic lovers, these baked garlic chicken thighs are a dream come true.

The meat becomes soft and juicy as it cooks, and the garlic roasts to creamy perfection. It’s sure to be on your table over and over again. The best part? The house smells heavenly.

Chicken thighs topped with lemon slices, sit in a bed of mince, roasted garlic in a cast iron skillet.

One Pan Baked Garlic Chicken Thighs

This easy recipe is made in a single skillet, so you won’t have a ton of dishes to do. Just make sure your skillet is oven-proof (it doesn’t have to be cast iron as long as it can safely be in the oven), and you’re good to go!

In the absence of a good pan, you can also use a rimmed baking sheet. Just be aware that you may not need to cook them for the full amount of time called for in the recipe.

Bone-In, With Skin Vs. Boneless Skinless

This recipe uses boneless, skinless, chicken thighs. You can certainly use the bone-in variety if you wish. You can also use the type with the skin still on. And yes, you can even substitute completely with chicken breasts. The choice is yours. use your favorite.

How Long To Bake Chicken Thighs?

How long you cook chicken thighs, will depend on your oven and the thickness of the chicken pieces. The thicker the pieces, the longer they cook.

Also, know that the thickness of your pan matters as well. You’ll cook longer in a cast iron pan than you will in a stainless steel pan.

An up close shot of baked chicken thighs topped with lemon slices and minced garlic.

Optional Garnish Ideas

Try garnishing this with:

  • Fresh parsley
  • Any fresh herbs you prefer
  • Fresh oregano
  • A cream-based sauce of your choosing.
  • A drizzle of olive oil at serving
  • An extra squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • A drizzle of honey

About The Ingredients

1 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs – Trimmed to your liking

1 medium head of garlic – Minced. This is approximately 15-20 garlic cloves.

1 medium lemon – Sliced. These should be approximately a 1/4 inch thick

½ tsp. salt – I used pink Himalayan salt, but you can use whatever type of salt you normally season your food with.

½ tsp. ground black pepper

How To Make Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs

Lemon slices and minced garlic lay on a cutting board. A knife rests to the side.

Preheat oven to 375 F. Slice a lemon and mince a full head of peeled garlic.

Oil spraying on a cast iron skillet.

Oil a cast-iron skillet (or another type of oven-safe skillet).

Four raw chicken thighs sitting in an oiled cast iron skillet.

Place the raw chicken thighs into the oiled skillet.

Seasonings being sprinkled over chicken thighs as they brown in a skillet.

Brown the chicken thighs, seasoning them on both sides with salt and pepper as you do.

Garlic added to a skillet of chicken thighs.

Add the minced garlic to the pan, between the chicken thighs.

Lemon slices laid over chicken thighs just before going into the oven.

Place the lemon slices over the chicken thighs.

An overhead view of a black skillet filled with just baked garlic chicken thighs. Lemon slices lay on top of each chicken thigh.

Bake for approximately one hour, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 F. on a meat thermometer at the thickest parts of the thighs. Remove the lemon slices and scoop some of the garlic over each breast. Serve while still hot with a lemon slice on the side for squeezing the juice out if desired.

Storage, Freezing, And Reheating

How To Store Baked Garlic Chicken Thighs

These should be stored in an airtight container. Keep them in the fridge for up to three days.

Can I Freeze Baked Garlic Chicken Thighs? 

You can! If packed well, these will freeze for up to 4 months.

How To Reheat Baked Garlic Chicken Thighs

From Fridge – You can reheat these briefly in a microwave, or simply place them back into the oven at 350F. for approximately 15-20 minutes, or until warmed through. You can also heat these in an air fryer at 390F. for about 3-5 minutes. Lastly, you can reheat these in an oiled skillet on the stovetop.

From Freezer – Thaw these in the fridge overnight. Once fully thawed, reheat using any method mentioned above.

What To Serve With Baked Garlic Chicken Thighs

The flavors of this dish will pair well with many, many side dishes. Here are some suggestions.

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Baked Garlic Chicken thighs

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An up close shot of baked chicken thighs topped with lemon slices and minced garlic.

Baked Garlic Chicken Thighs With Lemon

Delicious, lemony garlic chicken thighs that are super easy to make and pair well with many different sides.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 151kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

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Equipment

  • 1 large oven-safe skillet

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs (trimmed to your liking)
  • 1 medium head of garlic (minced)
  • 1 medium lemon (sliced)
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 F. Slice a lemon and mince a full head of peeled garlic.
    Lemon slices and minced garlic lay on a cutting board. A knife rests to the side.
  • Oil a cast-iron skillet (or another type of oven-safe skillet).
    Oil spraying on a cast iron skillet.
  • Place the raw chicken thighs into the oiled skillet.
    Four raw chicken thighs sitting in an oiled cast iron skillet.
  • Brown the chicken thighs, seasoning them on both sides with salt and pepper as you do.
    Seasonings being sprinkled over chicken thighs as they brown in a skillet.
  • Add the minced garlic to the pan, between the chicken thighs.
    Garlic added to a skillet of chicken thighs.
  • Place the lemon slices over the chicken thighs.
    Lemon slices laid over chicken thighs just before going into the oven.
  • Bake for approximately one hour, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 F. at the thickest parts of the thighs. Remove the lemon slices and scoop some of the garlic over each breast. Serve while still hot with a lemon slice on the side for squeezing the juice out if desired.
    An overhead view of a black skillet filled with just baked garlic chicken thighs. Lemon slices lay on top of each chicken thigh.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 393mg | Potassium: 325mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg
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2 Comments

  1. Can this be prepared in the instant pot after browning?

    1. Jennifer – I don’t see why not! The only difference may be less of a garlic flavor because the chicken won’t *roast* in the garlic. But in theory, it should work.

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