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Oven-baked lemon butter chicken thighs recipe

This oven-baked lemon butter chicken thighs recipe is juicy. With tons of flavors and crispy skin, it will win your heart forever. It’s a delicious and healthy keto lunch idea that’s ready in 25 minutes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked chicken thighs, Chicken thighs, Keto chicken recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 486kcal


  • Baking tray


  • 8 skin-on boneless chicken thighs (1.7lb/800g), or 4 skin-on boneless chicken quarters
  • 3 large cloves of garlic, pressed
  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted (use olive oil to make this dish Paleo)
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Freshly-ground black pepper
  • Thinly sliced lemon
  • Cilantro for garnishing, chopped


  •  Preheat oven to 390F (200C).
  • Season the chicken with salt and freshly-ground black pepper on both sides and place it, skin up, on a baking tray lined with foil or parchment paper. Let the meat marinate like this for 15-30 minutes at room temperature.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine together the melted butter, lemon juice, and pressed garlic.
  • When the oven is hot cover the chicken’s skin with the lemon garlic mixture, top it off with thinly sliced fresh lemon, and bake for 20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165F (74C) and the skin turns golden brown. Broil for 1-2 minutes for extra crispiness if desired.
  • When done, take out from the oven and let the chicken rest for around 3 minutes before slicing it.
  • Serve warm, topped with freshly-chopped cilantro.




Serving: 1serving | Calories: 486kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 37g | Potassium: 20mg | Vitamin A: 622IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Iron: 2mg