Baked Lemon Chicken With Garlic

Lemon Chicken
Diana Rattray
  • 75 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 55 mins
  • Yield: 8 servings
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This lemon chicken is flavored with garlic, fresh lemon juice, zest, and a little thyme. It's an easy and rewarding dish with bright, bold flavor. A garnish of parsley and slices of fresh lemon finish the dish perfectly.

Serve this flavorful lemon chicken with a rice pilaf, baked potato, or angel hair pasta and a salad for a fabulous meal.

What You'll Need

  • 5 pounds chicken parts
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 cloves​ garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 lemons, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

How to Make It

  1. Arrange the chicken pieces in single layer in a large nonreactive dish or put them in a large food storage bag which can be sealed.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, dried thyme, salt, and pepper. Spoon the lemon mixture over chicken; cover or seal and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours, turning frequently to keep the chicken coated with the marinade.
  3. Remove the chicken from the marinade and drain well.
  1. Pour the marinade into a saucepan and set aside.
  2. Arrange the chicken in a shallow baking dish. Brush with melted butter. Bake at 425 F for 25 minutes. 
  3. Meanwhile, place the marinade over high heat and bring it to a full boil.,
  4. Brush the marinade over the chicken pieces. Continue baking for about 20 to 30 minutes longer, or until the chicken is browned and thoroughly cooked,* basting frequently. 
  5. Garnish the chicken with the lemon slices and sprinkle with chopped parsley.
  6.  Boil remaining marinade for 1 minute and spoon some over the chicken just before serving, or serve separately. 

*According to, chicken must be cooked to at least 165 F on a food thermometer inserted in a thick part of the chicken, not touching bone or fat.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 750
Total Fat 44 g
Saturated Fat 14 g
Unsaturated Fat 17 g
Cholesterol 252 mg
Sodium 667 mg
Carbohydrates 9 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 76 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)