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Lemon garlic chicken is a stovetop recipe that can made in about half an hour with basic ingredients.

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While I like to cook, I definitely don’t like to spend my entire days in the kitchen. There’s a life to be lived, after all.

Now, with my family of six, this recipe gets doubled or tripled (or, let’s be honest, quadrupled – pre-teen boys have bottomless bellies), but it’s still easy to make. I’m going to show it to you with just two servings so that you can see how it’s done.

Lemon garlic chicken is a stovetop dish that can made in about half an hour with basic ingredients.

Sear the chicken thighs on a skillet or wok over medium high heat with a tablespoon of fat. You can omit the fat if the chicken’s skin is particularly fatty. Since I rendered a lot of very nice lard this fall, that’s what I’ve been using in almost all of my cooking. Set aside the cooked meat.

You’re not trying to cook the meat through – just brown the outside.

brown chicken pieces in skillet

In the same pan, sauté the garlic just until fragrant but not yet browned.

Mmmmm, garlic butter!

My father has often said that he’d eat a piece of cardboard if it had enough butter on it. I don’t know about that, but I know that even escargots taste good when they’re swimming in a pool of garlic butter.

saute garlic in butter

Reduce the heat to medium and add the lemon slices. Season with salt and pepper.

Try not to lick the pan, because it’s smelling amazing at this point.

add lemon

Then add the chicken stock – if you don’t have it, you can use white wine or even just plain water. Obviously, there will be a different taste depending on what you use, but it won’t be a huge difference.

Bring it just to a simmer.

Add the seared chicken thighs back and cover the pan. Let it cook for about ten minutes.

chicken pieces simmering in garlic, lemon and broth

The heat from the steam will slowly cook the chicken thighs and make them tender and delicious.

This is pretty versatile when it comes to what you can serve it with. Rice and a salad is tasty, but you could also make potatoes and vegetables. Zoodles, those simple and healthy ‘noodles’ made from squash, are also good with it.

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finished lemon garlic chicken

The chicken will be savory with a hint of creaminess from the butter and some tang from the lemon.

If you want to make it a bit less lemon-y, simply add the juice of a lemon during cooking (instead of the lemon slices) and just add some lemon slices for garnish once the dish is ready to serve. That way, you’ll get all the deliciousness without the slightly bitter taste.

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Lemon Garlic Chicken


  • Author: Marie Beausoleil
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Main dish

Description

Craving a delicious savory meal that you can make on a lazy day? This no-fuss easy chicken recipe uses just a few staple ingredients and is ready in just half an hour!


Ingredients

  • 4 chicken thighs (about 1 1/2 lbs)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced in rounds
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock, white wine, or plain water

Instructions

  1. Sear the chicken thighs on a skillet or wok over medium high heat with a tablespoon of oil. You may omit the oil if the chicken’s skin is particularly fatty. Set aside.
  2. On the same pan, sauté the garlic in the butter just until fragrant but not yet browned.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and add the lemon slices. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Then add the chicken stock. Let it come to a simmer.
  5. Add the seared chicken thighs back and cover for about 8-10 minutes. The heat from the steam will slowly cook the chicken thighs and make them tender and delicious.
  6. This can be served with almost any side dish – rice, quinoa, zoodles, or potatoes and vegetables.
  7. You can balance out the flavors by using either chicken stock or white wine and adding some freshly chopped green onions or parsley depending on your preferences. If you don’t like bitter flavors, simply add the juice of a lemon during cooking (instead of the lemon slices) and just add some lemon slices for garnish once the dish is ready to serve. That way, you’ll get all the deliciousness without the slightly bitter taste.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2

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