Herbed Chicken Thighs

Whether it's fried, boiled, roasted, baked or sautéed, chicken is eaten throughout Africa and the diaspora. In this recipe, chicken thighs are marinated in lemon juice and olive oil before being coated in herbs and broiled. The herbs will take on a slightly blackened color, so don't fret about the appearance. This recipe is perfect for a Kwanzaa celebration; read more in "Why the Karamu Feast Is My Favorite Part of Kwanzaa—and a Simple Menu to Celebrate".

Herbed Chicken Thighs
Photo: Andrea Mathis
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins


  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons dried thyme, divided

  • 1 tablespoon herbes de Provence, divided

  • 12 medium bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper


  1. Combine lemon juice, oil, 1 tablespoon thyme and ½ tablespoon herbes de Provence in a medium bowl. Add chicken and toss to coat with marinade. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.

  2. Position rack in middle of oven; preheat broiler to high. Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon thyme and ½ tablespoon herbes de Provence on a shallow plate. Remove the chicken from the marinade (discard the marinade). Roll the chicken in the herbs and season with salt and pepper. Place the chicken on a rack in a broiler-safe pan; broil, flipping several times, until well browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the chicken without touching bone registers 165℉, 25 to 30 minutes.

To make ahead:

Marinate chicken (Step 1) for up to 24 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

242 Calories
13g Fat
1g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 242
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Protein 29g 58%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 154mg 51%
Vitamin A 51IU 1%
Sodium 172mg 7%
Potassium 322mg 7%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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