Lemon-Garlic Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs


This boneless, skinless chicken thigh recipe is lemony and bright with lots of savory garlic flavor. The chicken stays tender and juicy from the quick marinade. Serve this quick weeknight dinner with roasted vegetables and rice pilaf on the side.

a recipe photo of the Lemon Garlic Boneless Chicken Thighs in a skillet
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 1 small lemon, quartered

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1 tablespoon grated garlic

  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, plus more for garnish

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 4 (4.5 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and patted dry


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Juice lemon quarters into a large bowl (about 2 tablespoons juice); place the juiced lemon quarters in the bowl with the juice. Stir in 2 tablespoons oil, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper. Add chicken and toss to coat. Let stand at room temperature, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.

  2. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and swirl to coat the skillet. Remove the chicken from the marinade, reserving the marinade. Place the chicken, skinned-side down, in an even layer in the skillet. Cook, undisturbed, until browned, about 4 minutes. Flip the chicken. Pour the reserved marinade, including lemon pieces, over the chicken in the pan.

  3. Transfer to the oven and bake until a thermometer inserted into the thickest portion of chicken registers 165°F, about 10 minutes. Serve drizzled with pan sauce. Garnish with additional thyme, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

260 Calories
16g Fat
2g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 chicken thigh & about 1 1/2 Tbsp. sauce
Calories 260
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 25g 50%
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 120mg 40%
Vitamin A 51IU 1%
Vitamin C 7mg 8%
Vitamin D 1IU 0%
Vitamin E 2mg 13%
Folate 5mcg 1%
Vitamin K 10mcg 8%
Sodium 417mg 18%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 31mg 7%
Potassium 334mg 7%
Zinc 2mg 18%
Vitamin B12 1mcg 42%

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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