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Easy Lemon Garlic Chicken

This one pan lemon garlic hen recipe is simple to make and ready very quickly! A brief and wholesome weeknight hen recipe that tastes incredible over rice or pasta.

Easy Lemon Garlic Chicken


  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs (or whatever cut of chicken you have on hand)

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced

  • 3 cloves garlic, diced

  • 3–5 sprigs fresh thyme (3 large sprigs or 5 small sprigs)

  • 1 large lemon

  • 1.5 cups chicken stock

  • 1 cup fresh spinach, roughly chopped

Easy Lemon Garlic Chicken


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Heat olive oil in a large, oven-safe pan (I like to use a wide, deep skillet) over medium heat.

  3. Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper to taste.

  4. Place chicken thighs in the hot pan and sear for 4-5 minutes on each side until golden brown.

  5. Remove chicken to a plate and set aside, then return pan to stove over medium-high heat.

  6. Add onion and garlic to pan and saute until onion is translucent and has started to caramelize, about 4 minutes. If pan is looking a little dry, add another drizzle of olive oil to help the onion cook.

  7. Pull leaves off of thyme sprigs and add leaves to the onions, then season with salt and pepper.

  8. Juice the lemon, removing any seeds, and add to the onion mixture. Stir to combine.

  9. Add chicken stock and spinach to onions and stir to combine. Bring mixture to a simmer, then return seared chicken thighs to pan and spoon some of the broth over the top of them to help them stay moist.

  10. Place pan in 400 degree oven, uncovered, and cook 15-20 minutes more until chicken is cooked through. Serve immediately.


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