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Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken

One pan Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken is moist and full of flavor! You can have this wonderful chicken dish on your table in less than 30 minutes!Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken

Let me just tell you that this is such a delicious chicken recipe. The flavors are incredible and you probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen. It’s a great one pan chicken dish that you will want to make again. My family loved it so much that they were going back for seconds! I used the skin on and bone in chicken, but you can use the skinless, boneless chicken thighs. The time to cook will be a little less than indicated here. Serve with your favorite rice and salad and you have a fantastic meal! Yummy summer flavors!Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken

Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken
Yield: 4

Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken is a fantastic one pan chicken dish. Full of fresh flavors of lemon and garlic! It will be your newest favorite chicken dish. Have this on the table in under 30 minutes!


  • 2lbs Chicken Thighs ( skin on and bone in)
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Salt/Pepper
  • 1 Cup Chicken Broth - divided
  • 1/4 Cup butter
  • 6 Garlic Cloves - halved
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2 tsp. French Thyme
  • 2 teaspoons capers


  1. Heat olive oil in large non-stick frying pan over medium/high.
  2. Sprinkle salt and pepper all over chicken thighs.
  3. Fry chicken in oil until brown. (5-6 minutes each side)
  4. Remove chicken from pan and reduce heat to medium/low.
  5. Add 1/2 cup chicken broth and scrape bottom of the pan to deglaze.
  6. Add butter and garlic. Simmer uncovered 5 minutes.
  7. Return chicken to pan and add the remaining 1/2 cup chicken broth.
  8. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Baste chicken with liquid.
  9. Remove lid. Add lemon juice and thyme and capers.
  10. Continue cooking until chicken until fully cooked and no longer pink (about 10 minutes)

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Recipe adapted from Wonky Wonderful



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Thursday 11th of January 2024

Two questions. Can I use boneless skinless chicken breast? What is French thyme?


Friday 12th of January 2024

Hi Carol,

Yes, you can use skinless chicken breasts, that will take less time to cook than chicken thighs. Insert an instant read thermometer in the thickest part of the breast — you're looking for a final temperature of 165 F. If you don't have an instant read thermometer, you can also cut into the thickest part of the chicken with a paring knife to make sure there's no visible pink meat.

French thyme is an herb that is included in the seasoning Bouquet Garni. It retains its flavor and aroma during the cooking process.


Adam J. Holland

Saturday 28th of January 2017

To see that chicken swimming in that butter... Wow!

Ann -- The Fountain Avenue Kitchen

Wednesday 25th of January 2017

Looks so flavorful!!

Lynn Elliott Vining

Wednesday 25th of January 2017

I love lemon garlic anything! This sounds and looks sooooo good!

Patty Soriano

Friday 29th of July 2016

Nettie, we eat a lot of chicken, but we're in a rut, making the same things over and over. So, I'm thankful for these recipes that you're sharing. This is another that looks good and super-easy to make. Do the capers give it a necessary taste or can I leave them out? Also, do you have the perfect rice recipe to go with it ? Thanks so much!


Friday 29th of July 2016

Hi Patty,

So happy you are enjoying my new chicken recipes.Capers are not a necessary addition. My husband loves salty food, so I added them for him. The flavor is perfect with or without. Have you seen my Cheesy Rice recipe? It is delicious! Link: Nettie

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