Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs Recipe

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Darlene Hanson Modified: March 25, 2022
Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs Recipe

How To Make Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs

These chicken thighs slathered with a delectable lemon garlic butter makes the perfect dinner meal! It’s a one pan meal that you can whip up in no time.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 40 minutes
Total: 50 minutes



  • 6chicken thighs,bone in, skin on or off
  • pinchsalt,to season
  • cracked black pepper
  • 2tspdried thyme,or herb of choice
  • 1tbspolive oil
  • 2tbspunsalted butter
  • 6garlic cloves,crushed, or 1½ tablespoons minced garlic
  • lemon juice,fresh squeezed
  • 1lemon,thinly sliced
  • 5fresh thyme sprigs
  • 3bunchesasparagus,about 24 spears, woody ends removed


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Season the chicken thighs with salt, pepper and dried thyme.

  3. Heat a large 13-inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.

  4. Add the oil when the pan is hot.

  5. Sear the thighs, skin-side down, for 4 to 5 minutes until the skin is golden and crisp.

  6. Flip the chicken, then sear on the other side for 5 minutes.

  7. Melt the butter in the pan.

  8. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant.

  9. Pour in the lemon juice, and sprinkle over fresh thyme leaves from 2 sprigs.

  10. Place another 2 sprigs around the chicken.

  11. Transfer the skillet to the oven.

  12. Cook for 25 to 30 minutes, or until completely cooked through.

  13. Add the asparagus spears to the pan during the last 12 minutes of cook time.

  14. Garnish with lemon slices and leaves from the remaining sprig of thyme.

  15. Serve, and enjoy!


  • Calories: 516.81kcal
  • Fat: 38.43g
  • Saturated Fat: 11.56g
  • Trans Fat: 0.32g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 16.04g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 7.17g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.42g
  • Fiber: 3.44g
  • Sugar: 2.48g
  • Protein: 34.99g
  • Cholesterol: 199.32mg
  • Sodium: 772.98mg
  • Calcium: 71.16mg
  • Potassium: 683.04mg
  • Iron: 4.81mg
  • Vitamin A: 126.75µg
  • Vitamin C: 17.60mg
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