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These quick lemon-balsamic chicken thighs are perfect for busy weeknights. The sweet and tangy onions complement the chicken that's slathered in a buttery sauce.

EatingWell.com, July 2022


Credit: Jasmine Comer

Recipe Summary

25 mins
25 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken all over with garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Add the chicken to the pan and cook, turning once, until well browned on both sides, 6 to 8 minutes total. Transfer to a plate and keep warm.

  • Reduce heat to medium and add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and onion to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened and lightly browned, about 3 minutes.

  • Whisk broth, vinegar, lemon zest, lemon juice, brown sugar, thyme and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a small bowl. Add the broth mixture to the pan; cook for 30 seconds, stirring and scraping to loosen browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the pan. Partially cover and cook, turning occasionally, until the liquid has reduced and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part without touching bone registers 165°F, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a serving plate. Stir butter into the sauce. Serve the sauce over the chicken.

Nutrition Facts

1 thigh & 1/4 cup sauce
340 calories; protein 30g; carbohydrates 9g; dietary fiber 1g; sugars 6g; added sugar 2g; fat 20g; saturated fat 6g; mono fat 10g; poly fat 3g; cholesterol 162mg; vitamin a iu 137IU; vitamin b3 niacin 8mg; vitamin b12 1mcg; vitamin c 8mg; vitamin d iu 8IU; vitamin e iu 2IU; folate 14mg; vitamin k 5mg; sodium 429mg; calcium 29mg; iron 2mg; magnesium 35mg; phosphorus 291mg; potassium 423mg; zinc 2mg; omega 6 fatty acid 3g; niacin equivalents 13mg; selenium 32mcg.