Saturday, May 21, 2011

Quick Fix Roast Lemon Chicken Thighs with Garlic, White Wine and Fresh Herbs

This roast chicken is the first dish I taught my older children how to make.  It's delicious and it's foolproof. The chicken is succulent, the skin is golden and crispy and it's bathed in a wonderful garlicky, lemony glaze. It's perfect for a crowd as there's no fussing or last minute panic with the sauce.  It's also a VERY economical dish, I like using the dark meat thighs and legs for this as I think it has more flavor.  If you only eat white meat, just go for split breasts and cut them in half. 

Here's what you'll need for your easy crowd pleaser;

1 1/2 - 2 lbs of chicken (thighs or legs - or both) bone in and skin on.
2 onions, quartered
4 - 6 lemons zested and juiced
2 cups of white wine
1 bulb of garlic, cloves separated on skins left on
olive oil
salt and pepper
a couple of handful of fresh herbs (I used oregano here)

Heat the oven to 425F

Whisk the lemon juice, zest, chopped herbs and olive oil together.

Rub the lemon juice mixture all over the chicken pieces.  You can leave them in the fridge to marinate overnight  if you want, or just go full speed ahead and cook them immediately.

Place the chicken pieces in a roasting pan.
Cut up the onions and place in the pan.

Pour the wine into the pan.

Roughly chop more herbs and tuck them around the chicken. Do the same with the juiced and zested lemon skins.

Break the garlic bulb into cloves leaving the skin on, rub well with olive oil and place around the chicken.

Season with more salt and pepper.

Put in the oven, uncovered and roast for about an hour or until the chicken is golden and cooked through.

Remove from the oven, cover and let rest for approx 10-15 minutes.

Before serving, add more chopped herbs and a further sprinkle of salt.  Serve with a nice green, such as broccoli rabe, or green beans.  Don't forget to squeeze the garlic out of their skins and smear onto the chicken, it will be a lovely sweet flavor. 


  1. This recipe floats my boat. Excellent!

  2. Wow that looks good. Guess what my visitors will having for dinner. Diane

  3. I'm drooling over the golden brown color of your chicken. Delicious! By the way, check out my blog for some awards that I've given you. Congrats!

  4. Yup, this looks really great - seems very easy and the results are absolutely mouthwatering. Thanks: I'm saving this, for sure!

  5. Chicken thighs are my favorite. I will be adding this recipe to my menu next month. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Mary, that looks fab U lous!!! I will have to make this for sure! xxoo

  7. Due to unusual circumstances I came home yesterday with a package of boneless and skinless chicken thigh. Salt and pepper and 18 minutes under the broiler (turning a few times) gave us a swell protein for dinner.

  8. This looks most excellent and I know my family will love this. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  9. Great recipe:easy,yummy,economical!Well done,dear Mary!A big kiss from Greece:)

  10. I love the idea of rubbing the roasted garlic over the chicken. Yum! I'm going to try this soon. It looks amazing - and I love that it's easy!

  11. That chicken looks so juicy and moist and is screaming with flavor. I only wish I would have been there to try it! The flavors sound delish and I love your recreations! Love seeing what you come up with next

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  12. looks good,, and the dish is really pretty too!

  13. This post sounds incredible. I am bookmarking this and I plan to make this very soon! Thanks, Mary!

  14. I love the idea of lemon and chicken...looks delicious, and they are roasted perfectly!
    Glad to have found your blog. :-)

  15. Reading you blog make me starve.. Love the way you have done this dish


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