This Baked Greek Chicken Thighs recipe is a simple baked chicken entree for casual cooks who love zesty flavors. Olive oil, oregano, garlic, and charred lemon are how to make simple chicken thighs an exciting weekday staple or date-night dinner.
Weeknights and date nights just got easier with Greek roasted chicken thighs paired with baked lemon asparagus, sauteed asparagus baked feta pasta, or tomato cucumber salad. These thighs are seasoned and roasted on lemon beds because it adds zesty flavor and prevents the chicken from getting soggy. When served, seasoned charred lemons are also squeezed over the chicken for a zesty flavor explosion.
This Greek chicken recipe is so easy and elegant, it's truly perfect for date night, dinner parties, or any weeknight dinner.
- chicken thighs - I used bone-in skin-on thighs (cut cooking time in half for boneless thighs).
- extra virgin olive oil - or preferred cooking oil
- dried oregano - if using fresh oregano, make sure it is well-oiled
- garlic powder - or minced fresh garlic
- sea salt - or Kosher salt
- black pepper
- lemons - fresh lemons are what make lemon chicken amazing (avoid using packaged lemon juice)
- fresh parsley - optional but recommended for color and flavor
How to make Greek lemon chicken
Here's how you make this Greek lemon roast chicken (get the full printable recipe below)
- Coat chicken thighs with oil and seasonings.
- Place each thigh on sliced lemon beds.
- Bake 35 minutes until chicken reaches 165°F internal temperature.
- Broil chicken for crispier skin.
- Season and broil the lemon halves.
- Serve and devour!
How long does it take for bone-in chicken to cook?
On average, it takes 30-40 minutes to cook bone-in skin-on chicken thighs at 400°F. The chicken must reach a 165°F minimum internal temperature to be considered safe to eat. If said baking time doesn't get chicken to that temperature, continue baking in 5 minute intervals until it does.
Recipe tips for Greek roasted chicken
- You don't have to marinate the chicken for this recipe. It's totally optional.
- No need to rinse chicken. Doing so only makes more work because it contaminates your surface areas.
- Always thaw frozen chicken completely before baking to prevent under-cooking.
- Always use a meat thermometer to confirm a minimum internal temperature of 165°F for all chicken, no matter what part of the chicken you're cooking.
- If possible, take the chill out of cold chicken by resting 20 minutes at room temperature because it helps meat cook more efficiently and evenly.
- No need to cover bone-in skin-on chicken thighs when baking because covering prevents the skin from getting crispy.
- Chicken thighs are very forgiving are naturally delicious even with only a few seasonings.
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Greek Lemon Chicken Thighs
- 6 Chicken Thighs, Bone-In Skin-on, patted dry
- 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 tablespoon Dried Oregano
- ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
- ½ teaspoon Sea Salt
- ¼ teaspoon Pepper
- 2 lemons, cut in half crosswise
- 2 lemons, sliced into 12 slices total
- ¼ cup Fresh Parsley, chopped
Prep chicken and lemons
- Toss CHICKEN THIGHS in a mixing bowl with OLIVE OIL, OREGANO, GARLIC POWDER, SALT, and PEPPER. If time permits, allow chicken to rest 20 minutes at room temperature.
- Place LEMON HALVES on a small baking sheet with drizzle of OLIVE OIL and sprinkle of OREGANO. Set aside.
To bake, preheat oven to 400°F.
- Lay LEMON SLICES on a baking sheet in 6 beds (2 slices each).
- Place seasoned CHICKEN THIGHS on lemon beds and brush excess seasoned oil over the skin.
- Bake 35 minutes, or until a meat thermometer registers 165° F next to the bone.
- (optional) Switch oven to HIGH broil and place thighs 8" under broiler until skin is crispy. Remove and set aside to rest.
- Place seasoned lemon halves 4" under broiler until charred and tender (about 3 minutes).
- Serve chicken thighs warm with charred lemons and PARSLEY garnish.
- To store, allow chicken to cool completely. Refrigerate up to 5 days in an airtight container.
Traci's Recipe Notes
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