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Lemon Pepper Chicken Thighs
If you are looking for a good recipe for chicken thighs, try this Lemon Pepper Chicken Thighs recipe.
It's oven-baked, made of simple ingredients, easy and inexpensive to make but loaded with lemon pepper flavors.
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In this recipe, I will show you how to make your own lemon pepper seasoning. It's cheaper and tastes better than any store-bought lemon pepper mix.
Serve this with roasted baby potatoes with rosemary and garlic!
Now let's talk about the ingredients, cooking process, and everything else that you need to know about lemon pepper chicken.
Preparation for Oven-Baked Chicken Thighs:
The preparation is very simple. It involves chopping the garlic, mixing the spice rub, and drying the chicken with paper towels.
To make this recipe, you will need about 1-¾ pounds of chicken thighs, which is around 4 pieces.
Skin-on thighs would be perfect for this recipe so you can get that nice brown and crispy skin.
The skin also helps retain more fat and moisture that results in juicier meat.
The Perfect Seasoning for Oven-Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken Thighs:
The lemon pepper seasoning blend consists of basic pantry ingredients: olive oil, dried oregano, black pepper, onion powder, brown sugar, kosher salt, as well as the fresh produce: fresh garlic, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
You can use dried/fresh thyme or Italian seasoning as a substitute item for oregano or use a combination of both.
Kosher salt is an absolute must-have ingredient on so many chicken recipes! Kosher salt has larger grains than table salt that makes it easier to distribute evenly on meat.
I usually use about ¾ - 1 teaspoon of kosher salt per pound of chicken.
However, the lemon juice and lemon zest act as flavor enhancers and brighten up the taste of food. Both are often used as a salt replacement for those who are trying to reduce sodium intake. For that reason, I only used 1 teaspoon of kosher salt per recipe (4 pieces of chicken, 1-¾ pounds total).
How to Marinate Lemon Pepper Chicken Thighs:
Marinating is optional, but if you could marinate the chicken in the seasoning for 15-30 minutes it will help absorb the flavors.
The Perfect Temperature to Cook Chicken Thighs in the Oven:
Roast the chicken thighs at 400°F for about 35-45 minutes. The cooking time will be shorter if you are using boneless chicken thighs.
The best way to make sure your chicken is safe to eat is to check the internal temperature.
The USDA recommends cooking whole poultry (including breasts, legs, thighs, wings, and giblets) to a safe minimum internal temperature of 165°F as measured using a food.
The Cooking Process:
This lemon pepper chicken thighs recipe can be done in 3 easy steps.
Step 1. Prepare the Chicken Thighs
Pat the chicken thighs dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture before cooking.
Step 2. Season the Chicken Thighs
- In a small bowl, combine all the seasoning ingredients.
- Rub the seasoning all over the chicken thighs.
- If possible, marinate the chicken for 30 minutes.
Step 3. Roast the Chicken Thighs
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Place the chicken, skin side up on a prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 35-45 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through, is no longer pink, and until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
What to Serve With Baked Chicken Thighs:
- Baked Mac and Cheese
- Roasted Yellow Squash with Parmesan Cheese and Herbs
- Summer Squash Casserole
- Korean Spinach Salad
- Skillet Fried Corn
- Caprese Salad
- Elotes Mexicanos
FAQ and Cooking Tips
Like salt, sugar is a flavor enhancer. However, if you prefer not to have sugar, feel free to skip it.
Yes, you can. Simply preheat the air fryer to 400°F and air fry the chicken thighs for 18-25 minutes or until the internal temperature registered at 165°F, rotate the chicken halfway through. Here's a great recipe for air fryer chicken thighs.
You can store the leftover in an airtight container. Properly stored, the leftover cooked chicken can last 3-4 days in the fridge or up to 6 months. Be sure to keep the refrigerator temperature at or below 40° F (4° C). The freezer temperature should be 0° F (-18° C).
Brush your chicken lightly with olive oil and wrap it tightly with the foil. Place the chicken on a prepared baking sheet. Bake at 325°F until the internal temperature of the meat registers at least 165° F on a meat thermometer.
Check Out More Chicken Recipes:
- Oven-Baked Rosemary Chicken Thighs
- Easy Chicken Picatta
- Baked Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs
- Roasted Cornish Hen
- Chicken and Chorizo Rice
- Roasted Half Chicken
- Slow Cooker Lime Chicken with Couscous
- Healthy Baked Chicken Tenders
- Chicken Shawarma
- Juicy Oven-Baked Chicken Breast
- Harissa Chicken
- Creamy Chicken Marsala
- Crock Pot Slow Chicken Stew
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Lemon Pepper Chicken Thighs
- 4 chicken thighs , (bone-in and skin-on) - about 1¾ pounds total
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- lemon zest, (from 1 lemon)
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- ¾ tsp dried oregano, (or use Italian seasoning or thyme)
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- ½ tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp kosher salt, (use ¾ tsp if you are salt-sensitive)
- ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- Pat the chicken thighs dry with paper towels.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine all of the spice blend ingredients and mix well. Season the chicken thighs with the spice blend. Marinate the chicken in the fridge for 30 minutes if possible.
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Place the chicken, skin side up on a prepared baking sheet. Cook for about 35-45 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through, is no longer pink, and until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.