Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs
Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs

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Summer is best served with a side of citrus; the bright, invigorating flavors add excitement to any dish without extra calories or salt.

This recipe for lemon-garlic chicken thighs is a terrific way to eat protein when the weather is warm and you’re feeling like something substantial yet light. Ideal for an al fresco dinner party on a hot summer night, I can picture the scene now: Several of my closest friends seated comfortably at a table on my back patio illuminated by bistro lights. They casually sip rosé and chat until I materialize from the kitchen carrying a piping hot pan of this aromatic chicken.

But enough about my personal aspirations that I’m sure you were dying to hear. This lemon-garlic chicken recipe is an easy-to-make recipe that goes well with virtually any side.

I love pairing citrus-focused foods with richer trimmings such as mashed potatoes with kale or a creamy risotto (if you’re having a cheat day, of course).

Round it out with a simple salad of arugula, goat cheese and walnuts, or your favorite version of roughage, and you’ve got yourself a dynamite dinner for eight.

If you end up making this, I’m definitely inviting myself over. Don’t worry, I’ll bring wine.

13 Flavorful Chicken Recipes Under 300 Calories - Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs
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Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs

These lemon garlic chicken thighs are a terrific way to eat protein when the weather is warm and you want something substantial yet light. Get the recipe.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword garlic chicken thighs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Marinate 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 177 kcal
Author Rebecca Pardess


  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup raw honey or pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 lbs. raw chicken thighs boneless, skinless (about 8 thighs)
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • ½ tsp. sea salt or Himalayan salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • Lemon wedges for garnish; optional
  • Fresh parsley sprigs for garnish; optional


  1. Combine lemon juice, honey, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic in a nonreactive dish. Add chicken; cover and marinate, in refrigerator, for 1 hour, turning occasionally.
  2. Preheat oven to 425° F.
  3. Remove chicken from dish, reserving marinade. Arrange in a shallow baking pan lightly coated with spray.
  4. Pour reserved marinade over chicken. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Bake, basting the first 20 minutes with marinade, for 20 to 30 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle and juices run clear. Discard any leftover marinade.
  6. Garnish with lemon wedges and parsley if desired.

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 177 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 108mg 36%
Sodium 266mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Sugars 9g
Protein 22g 44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.