[Baked] Lemon & Thyme Chicken Print Recipe Print Recipe


Lemon love continues!

You know what I really love. Is that so many of you have already made my lemon pasta and loved it! It makes me smile, truly.

I’ve got lots more lemon goodness coming your way, including this lemon chicken and then a little bit of sweetness coming this Friday. It’s a good week over here.



This is our favorite chicken recipe.  I like to make a big batch on Sunday so that we have good protein for the week. We’ll usually cut it up and throw it on saladspasta,beans salads, sweet potatoes, and even in chili’s. There isn’t much that we won’t add chicken to, especially my husband [mr. protein obsessed].



I usually start marinating the chicken in the morning or early afternoon, that way it’s ready for cookin’ in the evening.

I typically bake chicken since it’s easy and because grilling isn’t an option. A little difficult when you don’t have one. Just a little.

One little tip – if the chicken is thick, I usually cut in half, horizontal. That way it cooks more evenly. It makes cooking chicken much easier.


Baked Lemon Chicken Recipe

[Adapted from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook]

PRINT Recipe


  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice [about 6 lemons]
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme [or 1 tablespoon fresh]
  • 2 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts


Prepare marinade – whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and thyme.

In a large ziplock or bowl, add chicken breasts and pour marinade over. Seal and marinate in the refrigerator for 4-8 hours.

Before you’re ready to bake, remove chicken 1 hour before and let sit at room temperature. This will help to bake evenly.

Preheat 350 degrees. Spray baking sheet with non-stick.

Bake chicken for 25-30 minutes until cooked through.

Serve warm and enjoy!


*gluten-free *dairy-free

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  • http://www.heathersdish.com/ Heather

    YUM!  i’ve done the lemon-thyme thing with whole chickens, but i love the idea of just using chicken breasts.  sounds like dinner to me 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I love making lemon thyme chicken, but I’ve never actually baked it that way, I usually pan fry it.  I think I might try this tonight!

  • http://www.lifeunsweetened.com/ Rachel

    Bookmarking this recipe for later- thanks!

  • Nealey @ Dixie Caviar

    This chicken recipe looks so simple and refreshing. Sometimes the internet bombards us with so much “decadence” that we forget to stop and remember that less if often best. Thanks for reminding me!

  • http://inbliss01.blogspot.com/ Delia

    this is definitely my favorite week! I love lemons….I just can’t get enough!!:)
    Like, I mentioned before, my family and I loved the lemon pasta….thank you so much! It’s not as easy for us (budget wise) to even eat a little more healthy,food that is good for you is always a bit more expensive, but that recipe was very easy for us to prepare and it was something we really felt good about!
    I wish you a very healthy pregnancy and many more blessings for you and your little family!:)

  • http://twitter.com/BakeJenny Jenny

    I love lemon and thyme chicken, but I’d completely forgotten about it till  this! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  • http://www.fullspot.me/ Kelli Preston

    I was just going to go sleuthing for a new chicken recipe.  This looks awesome.  Hope you are doing well!

  • http://www.makeitnaked.com/ Krissy @ Make it Naked

    You even make raw chicken look pretty! I’m making 50 lemon cupcakes tomorrow for my sister’s baby shower. I’m down with the lemon love. 

  • Studs.N.Roses

    Delish! I recently went gluten free and have never felt better! Your blog is a daily read (and inspiration) for me. 


    xo K

  • http://twitter.com/amandaformaro Amanda Formaro

    There is something magical about lemon and chicken, love it!

  • Chef

    Does it Freeze well?

  • WithStyleGrace

    we’ve never had leftovers to freeze, but I imagine they would!

  • Kriya

    Do you bake the chicken in the marinade or discard? Thanks! I have a bunch of lemons I need to use!

  • WithStyleGrace

    good question! I drizzle a little of the marinade on top and then discard the rest. Enjoy!

  • Kriya

    Great. Thanks!