WW Recipe of the Day: Baked Lemon Chicken Thighs
(142 calories | 3 3 3 myWW *SmartPoints value per serving)
Here's a super easy recipe for simple baked lemon 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. When I saw this recipe for Chicken with Greek herb sauce in Nigella Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home it caught my eye.
I liked 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.
Skinny on Baked Lemon Chicken Thighs
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.
According to my calculations, each chicken thigh has 142 calories and:
3 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
3 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
3 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
4 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
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Simple Baked Lemon Chicken Thighs
- 6 chicken boneless, skinless thighs (about 4 ounces each)
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Dried oregano
- Sweet paprika
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400F degrees.
- Lightly grease a roasting pan or ovenproof baking dish with cooking spray. Add the chicken thighs to the prepared pan.
- Drizzle over the lemon juice and olive oil and sprinkle with a little dried oregano, sweet paprika, salt and pepper.
- Roast in the preheated oven until done, 35 to 45 minutes.
Source: Nigella Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home by Nigella Lawson
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
If you like baked lemon chicken thighs, you might also like:
- Weight Watchers Easy Healthy Baked Chicken Parmesan
- Slim & Saucy Healthy Chicken Marsala
- Weight Watchers Easy Arroz con Pollo
- Skinny Lemon Pepper Chicken Breasts
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