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Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs and Green Beans Skillet

by Christina Cherrier – Updated Sep 4, 2021
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Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs and Green Beans Skillet
Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken and Green Beans Skillet - #chicken #recipes #eatwell101 #recipes - So addicting! This #paleo #lowcarb #keto skillet chicken recipe is a snap to fix and cook.
Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken and Green Beans Skillet - #chicken #recipes #eatwell101 #recipes - So addicting! This #paleo #lowcarb #keto skillet chicken recipe is a snap to fix and cook.

Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs Recipe with Green Beans – So addicting! This paleo, low carb, keto-friendly chicken thighs recipe is a snap to fix and cook. Chicken thighs and green beans are cooked in one skillet for easy prep and the flavor combination is spot on. With only 25 minutes of total work, this nourishing chicken meal makes weeknight dinners a breeze.

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Ingredients list for the Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs and Green Beans Skillet

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1. To make the lemon garlic butter chicken thighs recipe with green beans: In a small bowl, combine onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Season chicken thighs generously with the spice mixture. Set aside while you prepare green beans.

2. Arrange green beans in a microwave-safe dish with 1/2 cup (125ml) water. Cook in the microwave for 8-10 minutes, until almost done but still crisp.

3. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Lay the seasoned chicken thighs in one layer in the skillet. Cook for 5-6 minutes then flip and cook another 5-6 minutes, until cooked through and a cooking thermometer displays 165°F (75°C). If chicken browns too quickly, lower the heat. Adjust timing depending on the thickness. Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside.

4. In the same skillet, lower the heat and melt the remaining tablespoon of butter. Add chopped parsley, garlic, hot sauce, red crushed chili pepper flakes, and pre-cooked green beans and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring regularly, until cooked to your liking. Add lemon juice and chicken stock and reduce the sauce for a couple of minutes, until slightly thickened.

5. Add cooked chicken thighs back to the pan and reheat quickly. Adjust seasoning with pepper and serve the lemon garlic butter chicken thighs immediately, garnished with more crushed chili pepper, fresh parsley, and a slice of lemon if you like. Enjoy!

Tips for the chicken thighs recipe

  • Remove chicken thighs from the refrigerator about 15 minutes before cooking to bring them close to room temperature.
  • We use boneless and skinless chicken thighs because they render less fat and cook quicker than bone-in. Plus, it is easier to rub the spice mixture deep into the chicken meat.
  • Season chicken thighs just before cooking to prevent drawing out moisture and drying out the meat. If you want to let it sit longer, omit the salt from the spice mixture, and add it 10 minutes before cooking.
  • You can add crispy bacon to the green beans for a nice flavor.
  • For a variant of this chicken thighs recipe, you can use chicken tenders instead of chicken thighs. They’re delicious and cook faster! Just keep an eye on it so they don’t overcook and dry up.

What other readers say about this chicken thighs recipe

“Turned out pretty well! So quick & easy! We enjoyed all the flavors.” – Rebekah

“The chicken turned out great! My picky husband even liked it!” – Alexandra

“On our third week of keto and I wish I would have found this chicken recipe sooner! It’s delicious!!! Will absolutely be making again even when we aren’t doing keto.” – Brittany

“Delicious!!! Next time would omit the red pepper flakes they made it extra spicy (which I usually love) but wanted to appreciate the other flavors and possibly reduce the sriracha but fantastic recipe may want to try it with shrimp!!! I also doubled the garlic and seasoning for chicken thighs.” – Melanie

“Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken with Green Beans! My husband loved and my 5yo asked for seconds!” – Amy

“I used chicken breasts instead of thighs. The flavor of this entire dish was incredible!! Absolutely loved by my entire family!” – Stefanie

“This was extremely delicious! The chicken kept in the juice and didn’t dry out. I cooked it a little longer after with the chicken stock.” – Catherine

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  • Slrichardson

    2021-09-09 18:39:01

    I made this meal today and we absolutely loved it! Instead of green beans, I used asparagus using the directions provided. This recipe will definitely be added to our family favorites! Thank you for sharing!!

  • Michelle

    2021-08-26 09:33:16

    This was very delicious. However, I decided to roast my green beans since I was also making mushrooms with this so I roasted for about 20 minutes and then put in the pan at the end as directed. The sauce was actually really delicious and I wished I had doubled it because it did simmer down a bit especially once I added the green beans. It was a pretty quick and easy recipe and I would make it again, my only complaint is that I had to keep scrolling back-and-forth between the ingredient list to the steps because of all the pictures in between.

  • Kate

    2021-08-23 19:28:44

    Awesome recipe. I made some small substitutions (scallions for parsley) and didn't precook the green beans because I used the super thin ones from Trader Joes. They were perfect after 6-8 minutes plus sauce reduction and chicken reheat. Smoked paprika is a great addition, too.

  • David Symons

    2021-08-12 09:55:17

    Delicious but 8mins far too long to microwave green beans. (4mins I did mine after ruining 1st batch).

  • Rctl

    2021-07-12 17:00:51

    Can you use chicken breasts

  • Jennifer

    2021-07-11 16:31:10

    Delicious and easy!!!

  • Pat M.

    2021-06-29 22:38:19

    The recipe is perfect as is. Quick (30 minutes) start to finish if you can multitask. Left out the pepper flakes and only used a teaspoon of hot sauce because I'm a wimp. Delish! Second time making it tonight within a week. Thank you for the recipe.

  • Peggy

    2021-06-24 19:21:11

    I fixed this tonight with a few alterations. I used French green beans + fresh mushrooms +slivered almonds with rice as a side. It was delicious!! Will definitely make this again. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Ian

    2021-06-23 16:54:13

    Recipe tastes great, looks nothing like the photos though

  • Mary Jenke

    2021-05-22 19:06:47

    Followed directions exactly. Beautiful color and just spicy enough green beans to enjoy flavors without the burn. My kids and my husband loved this as well. I steamed a bag of frozen green beans in the microwave and whipped this up in no time. Served with toasted sweet potato rounds! Thanks!

  • Nicole

    2021-05-17 19:18:35

    Tasted good but the chicken had no color to it and didn't look like the photos. Recipe said to cook chicken medium/low so I don't get how the chicken in the photos came out so crispy and dark. Maybe next time I will finish under the broiler.

  • Nat

    2021-05-11 16:18:21

    Someone complained about the chicken stock. No. It’s perfect. You have to let it simmer a while and it will thicken!!! Hello!

  • Trina

    2021-05-11 15:20:27

    I made this for the first time. It was very good and tasty.

  • Enry

    2021-05-01 16:39:58

    Was going great right up until I added the chicken stock, which completely watered down and ruined everything. What were you thinking with that? Terrible. Ther ecipe without adding the liquid at the very end when everything's already cooked, though, is good.

  • Ellen

    2021-04-30 23:15:39

    Definitely a keeper. Family loves this dish and is becoming a weekly meal!

  • Monique

    2021-04-14 05:15:27

    This was SO delicious, my husband and I loved it! Thanks for the great recipe.

  • Megan

    2021-03-20 10:56:24

    This was delicious. My family loved it.

  • CC

    2021-03-17 16:54:02

    BINGO! Looking for easy to make low carb meal recipe and this did it!!

  • CC

    2021-03-17 16:48:28

    Great recipe with easy to do instructions. Wanted a easy to make carb free meal

  • Novella

    2021-03-16 18:51:08

    So easy and absolutely delicious! Did not have green beans but used a combination of broccoli, Brussels sprout and carrots.

  • Leigh

    2021-03-12 22:29:17

    Hubby (excellent cook) loved the kick of spices. We live at high altitude so more time on the chicken thighs and we like crunchy beans, so for us, less on beans. We used olive oil instead of butter and worked wonderfully. Loved the receipt. A keeper for sure.

  • Kris

    2021-03-02 18:42:08

    This was very tasty! I used chicken tenders and they cooked pretty quickly. I would double the amount of spice to coat the chicken but other than that, I thought this was a great, weeknight recipe. My total prep+cook time was about 45 min.

  • Shelby

    2021-02-28 19:15:54

    Threw this together for lunch meal prep for the week. Subbed chicken breast for the thighs, finished the breasts in the oven while I made the sauce. Nice and quick meal.

  • Carolyn

    2021-02-20 18:53:03

    This was fantastic! The lemon on the green beans was a new flavor for my family and we couldn't get enough of the "sauce." I loved that it came together quickly in 1 pan. This is going in our regular dinner rotation.

  • Christine

    2021-02-07 16:43:57

    It was very easy and very pretty. We loved it !!!! My question is how can I make the green beans by themselves? Any suggestions?

  • Mary

    2021-02-04 21:21:30

    My family & I really like this!!! Only had frozen green beans and boneless, skinless breasts, still was soooo good!! Thanks so much!

  • Eliza

    2021-01-31 18:37:44

    My husband and all 4 kids (10 and under) LOVED this. I left out the siracha and crushed red pepper so that it wouldn’t be too spicy for my 18m old. The rest of us added crushed red pepper to our individual servings. We also used frozen green beans because this was a last minute recipe find and I didn’t have fresh ones on hand. The recipe was quick and easy but was so visually appealing and delicious that it felt gourmet! We will add this to our regular rotation. Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Austin

    2021-01-24 03:52:16

    Not really lemony, garlicky, or buttery, it’s got a nice Spicy flavor though. Good recipe

  • Sarah

    2021-01-14 11:34:44

    Great recipe with lots of flavor. Used chicken tenders instead of thighs, will make again!

  • Sabrina

    2021-01-13 13:35:17

    My family really liked this. I doubled the recipe as we have a lot of mouths to feed and only used half the Sriracha with no red pepper flakes as I and my youngest are total wimps but even we enjoyed it! I also did not precook the beans. I just sauteed them for a few minutes with the garlic then added 1/4 the chicken broth and covered them just until they started to soften. Then cooked them in the sauce like normal. My teenage boys even said they were the best green beans they had ever had!

  • Maria Nila

    2021-01-12 20:03:14

    It is delicious and easy. Thank you !!!! 😊

  • Linda

    2021-01-11 21:44:46

    Good but...First of all, the prep time is WAY off. 10 minutes to prep a pound of green beans, clean and chop 4 cloves of garlic, prepare spice mix, prepare chicken thighs, juice and slice a lemon... It took me at least 30 minutes and I am not a beginner cook. I will probably make this again but I am very happy I started the prep early so we could eat dinner on time. I used half of the sriracha and no chili flakes and the beans were pretty spicey

  • Linda

    2021-01-11 21:27:32

    Good but...


    2020-11-29 17:39:01

    this was yummy....cooked the green beans in at last minute of chicken and let it good, My husband loved it.

  • Joel

    2020-11-19 20:53:47

    Made this this evening and after 6 min on med/low with lid on in a cast iron dutch oven, the chicken was not done at all. Took about 15 min per side. I liked the concept when reading through recipe but will probably not try again (my opionion) sorry.

  • Kiana

    2020-11-15 08:49:35

    Easy recipe. I found that I had to cook the chicken a bit longer in the skillet but it was tasty and everyone loved it!

  • Kristy

    2020-11-10 09:15:22

    How spicy is this? Want to be sure kids will eat it.


    2020-11-06 14:10:37

    This is not an easy 1 skillet prep as written. It certainly could be, however. No need to micowave the beans, just put them in the skillet when the chicken is almost finished.

  • Diana

    2020-11-03 14:49:39

    I’ve tried many new recipes this year and this was by far my favorite!!! I only had the meat leftover from last night and I just finished up sautéing some zucchini’s with it and the sauce and it is delicious! My tips, be generous with the peppers, lemon and salt! I used dried parsley and it was divine.

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