Braised Lemon Chicken Recipe

Braised Lemon Chicken

Serves 4

Savory, satisfying, and simple—this one-pan recipe is a weeknight winner! Braising in lemon juice and fresh thyme makes for incredibly tender, flavorful chicken.


  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • Zest of one large lemon
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • GARNISHES (optional):
  • Lemon slices
  • Thyme sprigs


  1. Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat; add oil. Once oil is hot, lay chicken in pan, presentation (smooth) side down. Work in batches so as not to crowd the pan.
  3. Sear chicken until golden brown and easily released from pan. Flip and sear the other side. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  4. Turn heat to medium-low, add garlic, and stir. Deglaze pan by adding chicken broth and scraping up browned bits stuck to bottom. Stir in lemon juice, lemon zest, and thyme.
  5. Return chicken to pan, presentation-side up. Cover and cook on low 25 to 30 minutes, or until chicken is very tender and a thermometer in the thickest part of the meat reads 165°F.
  6. Transfer chicken to a serving platter; tent with foil to keep warm. Increase heat to medium-high and reduce sauce until slightly thickened. Pour sauce over chicken and garnish with lemon and thyme.


Amount Per Serving (based on 4 servings)
Calories: 280
Total Fat: 14 g
Saturated Fat: 1 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 140 mg
Sodium: 190 mg
Carbohydrates: 2 g
Fiber: 0 g
Total Sugar: 0 g
Added Sugars: 0 g
Protein: 34 g
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