Garlic Lemon Chicken Thighs

by Christina Cherrier – Updated May 25, 2021
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Garlic Lemon Chicken Thighs
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Garlic Lemon Chicken Thighs - #chicken #recipes #eatwell101 - Marinated and seared chicken thighs come out perfectly juicy and tender every time. These cilantro lime chicken thighs are your new dinner routine!
Garlic Lemon Chicken Thighs - #chicken #recipes #eatwell101 - Marinated and seared chicken thighs come out perfectly juicy and tender every time. These cilantro lime chicken thighs are your new dinner routine!

Garlic Lemon Chicken Thighs – Juicy on the inside with golden, crispy skin, these Garlic Lemon Chicken Thighs are your new dinner routine! Marinated and seared chicken thighs come out perfectly juicy and tender every time. You can serve them with a side of rice, cauliflower rice, tortillas, roasted veggies for a complete dinner ready in 30mn. Enjoy!

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Ingredients list for the Cilantro Lime Chicken Thighs Recipe

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1.  To make the Garlic Lemon Chicken Thighs: In a medium bowl, combine cilantro, 4 tablespoons olive oil, minced garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, chicken bouillon, chili powder, chili pepper flakes, cumin, salt, and pepper. Divide the mixture into two.

2. In a gallon size Ziploc bag or large bowl, combine chicken thighs and half the marinade mixture; marinate for at least 2 hours or overnight, turning the bag occasionally. Drain the chicken thighs from the marinade.

3. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a cast-iron grill pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken thighs to the grill pan in a single layer and cook until golden brown and cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 165ºF (74ºC), about 4-5 minutes per side.

4. Serve immediately the Garlic Lemon Chicken Thighs with the remaining lemon-garlic-cilantro mixture on the side. Enjoy!

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Tips for the Garlic Lemon Chicken Thighs recipe

  • Use a large skillet to cook the chicken thighs. Ideally, you’ll be using a skillet that can comfortably fit all of your chicken thighs in one batch. We recommend a cast-iron skillet because it better holds and diffuses the heat.
  • Give your skillet time to warm up a bit, so that when the marinated chicken thighs hit the pan you’ll get that nice sear.

What to serve with the Garlic Lemon Chicken Thighs?

Just keep things simple and serve these Garlic Lemon Chicken Thighs with a crisp salad, or serve with rice, cauliflower rice, roasted veggies – or even shredded in tacos!

Can we use another cut of chicken?

While we recommend chicken thighs because they tend to stay moist and flavorful, this recipe works also with chicken breasts. You can slice the chicken breasts horizontally before marinating them to make them thinner.

How and how long to keep the Garlic Lemon Chicken Thighs leftovers?

You can keep the Garlic Lemon Chicken Thighs for up to 2 days in an airtight container in your refrigerator. You can also freeze them and keep them for 3 months. Thaw the chicken thighs overnight in your refrigerator.

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  • Sarah

    2021-06-06 20:25:16

    I made this for my family and let me tell you, A++++ this is a MIRACLE dinner. I’m not going to lie, I’ve made the 3 men in my life recipe after recipe which resulted in fail after fail. Neither my husband nor my 6 year old nor my 2 year old would eat them. I’m not a bad cook—but I was started to think I’m the worst wife/mom ever. I found this recipe and just decided—what the heck—and surprised my family with it. My husband was skeptical but it is now HIS FAVORITE. He every left me a note the next morning saying it was the best meal he’d eaten in a long time. He also joked it could be served in a restaurant. I’m serious guys. Cool this recipe. Also, I didn’t change a thing! THANK YOU!!!

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