Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs

Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs

The bright flavor of citrus adds an extra “oomph” to any dish without extra calories or salt.

This recipe for lemon-garlic chicken thighs is a terrific way to eat something substantial yet light.

I love pairing citrus-focused foods with richer trimmings such as mashed potatoes with kale or a creamy risotto (if you’re having a cheat day, of course).

Round it out with a simple salad of arugula, goat cheese, and walnuts, or your favorite salad, and you’ve got yourself a dynamite dinner!

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Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs

These lemon garlic chicken thighs are a terrific way to eat protein when the weather is warm and you want something substantial yet light. Get the recipe.
Prep Time 1 hr 40 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Servings 8 servings
Calories 177 kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup raw honey (or pure maple syrup)
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 lbs. raw chicken thighs, boneless, skinless (about 8 thighs)
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • ½ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • lemon wedges (for garnish; optional)
  • fresh parsley sprigs (for garnish; optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine lemon juice, honey, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic in a nonreactive dish. Add chicken; cover and marinate, in refrigerator, for 1 hour, turning occasionally.
  2. Preheat oven to 425° F.
  3. Remove chicken from dish, reserving marinade. Arrange in a shallow baking pan lightly coated with spray.
  4. Pour reserved marinade over chicken. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Bake, basting the first 20 minutes with marinade, for 20 to 30 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle and juices run clear. Discard any leftover marinade.
  6. Garnish with lemon wedges and parsley if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 177 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 108mg 36%
Sodium 266mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Sugars 9g
Protein 22g 44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

P90X/P90X2 Portions
1 Protein
1½ Condiment

P90X3 Portions
1 Carb
1 Protein

Body Beast Portions
1 Starch
1 Protein

Portion Fix Containers
1 Red
½ Yellow

2B Mindset Plate It!
A great protein as part of lunch or dinner.

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