Summer Meal Idea ~ Lemon and Herb Baked Chicken


I love these few weeks before summer really begins. It’s warm but not sweltering, and the days are nice and long. As soon as the weather starts to warm up, I find myself putting food with light, bright flavors on my menu. This easy baked lemon chicken is a huge hit with my family, and pairs beautifully with some of the sweet yellow corn that’s cheap and in season.

It requires very little hands-on time, and since I make the marinade in the afternoon it takes a lot of the work off my hands when it’s time to actually make dinner (which always seems to be a hectic time, during which my kids suddenly need all my attention). It’s become an absolute staple meal at our house and makes an appearance on my menus at least twice a month.

Lemon and Herb Baked Chicken

Serves 4

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Prep Time
2 hr

Cook Time
55 min

Prep Time
2 hr

Cook Time
55 min

  1. 2-4 lbs. bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs or drumsticks
  2. 1/4 cup lemon juice
  3. 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  4. 2 teaspoons fresh thyme (or 1 tsp. dried)
  5. 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely minced (or 1/2 tsp. dried)
  6. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  7. 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  8. 3-4 Tablespoons melted butter
  1. 1. Rinse chicken and pat until thoroughly dry. In a large ziploc bag, combine lemon juice, zest, and herbs. Place chicken in the bag and coat thoroughly with the marinade. Let marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  2. 2. Preheat oven to 425F. Spray a large casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray and arrange chicken skin-side up, reserving leftover marinade in the bag. Brush chicken with butter.
  3. 3. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Pour reserved marinade over chicken and continue to bake until skin is crisp and lightly browned and chicken is cooked through 20-25 minutes longer.
  4. 4. Cover with aluminum foil and allow to rest 10 minutes before serving.
Adapted from Annies Eats
Adapted from Annies Eats
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Gemma Hartley

Gemma Hartley is a freelance writer and founder of Journey of Love, a personal blog where she shares her journey as a mother, wife, writer, young woman and more. She is also a regular contributor to Reno Moms Blog and Early Mama. She lives in Reno, NV with her husband, two kids, an awesome dog and a terrible cat.

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