Simple Baked Lemon Chicken Thighs


Here’s a super simple recipe for chicken thighs perfect for a busy weeknight. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice and seasoned with a little oregano, paprika, salt and pepper and baked until done.

I like to keep things simple in the kitchen, so when I saw this recipe for Chicken with Greek herb sauce in Nigella Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home, I decided to make it for supper Sunday.

Simple Baked Lemon Chicken

Simple Baked Lemon Chicken

I think the reason it caught my eye was that the chicken thighs are cooked in the oven rather than on the stove. I much prefer cooking most anything in the oven rather than on the stove. It’s easier and a lot less messy.

The recipe calls for bone-in chicken thighs, but I used what I had – the boneless, skinless variety – with good results. And she suggests putting some potatoes in to bake about 30 to 45 minutes ahead of the chicken to keep things easy, which I did.

As I was making the Greek herb sauce, Greek yogurt doctored with scallions, garlic, cucumber and fresh herbs, I decided this was more of a “dip” than a sauce, so we enjoyed some if it as part of a healthy afternoon snack with red pepper strips and cucumber slices.

During dinner everyone seemed to enjoy the “sauce” more as a topping for their baked potatoes than for the chicken so I renamed it “Skinny Greek Herb Dip” with a page of it’s own.


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Simple Baked Lemon Chicken Thighs
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Chicken thighs, seasoned simply with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, oregano and paprika and baked in the oven
Recipe type: Main, Entree
Serves: 6
  • 6 chicken thighs (4 ounces each) (I used boneless, skinless)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Dried oregano
  • Sweet paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease a roasting pan or ovenproof baking dish with cooking spray. Add the chicken thighs to the prepared pan.
  3. Drizzle over the lemon juice and olive oil and sprinkle with a little dried oregano, sweet paprika, salt and pepper.
  4. Roast in the preheated oven until done, 35 to 45 minutes.
Martha’s Notes
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (1 piece): 142 calories, 8.4 g fat, 0 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 19.2 g protein and 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus



Nigella Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home

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