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Rosemary Lemon Chicken Thighs

Rosemary lemon chicken thighs are ready in about 30 minutes, like my bourbon jalapeno chicken thighs, making it a great choice for a weeknight dinner. Full of flavor, light on effort and super easy, this is a recipe you’ll come back to again and again.

ROSEMARY LEMON CHICKEN THIGHS ON WHITE PLATTER WITH LEMON WEDGESI don’t often think of blogging about food that I cook for clients because the truth of the matter is that I didn’t think people would be interested. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Every pic I’ve posted lately about “client food” has been met with a one-word response: recipe?

Rosemary Lemon Chicken Thighs

Add to that the request from several friends asking for healthy, real food that gets on the table in roughly 30 minutes and here you have it. Dinner in about the time it takes to watch a sitcom. This recipe is hardly a “recipe” in that it has a handful of ingredients and it is minimal effort.

overhead shot of chicken thighs with lemon and rosemary
rosemary lemon chicken thighs are a 30 minute dinner

The most laborious part of it is taking the chicken from the sauté pan and putting it on a sheet pan. Actual hands-on time is roughly 10 minutes, so you can grab a glass of wine and chill out while the oven does all the work.

30 minute chicken dinner

crispy chicken thighs on platter with lemon and rosemary
just look at that crispy skin!

Weeknights can get a little crazy and while it is easier to order a pizza, making this chicken dinner requires very little effort. The best thing about this recipe, besides how damn good it is, is that it is done in about half an hour.

We can’t just serve chicken for dinner, though, so here are a few sides that you can make in the time this chicken is roasting:  white beans with arugula and sun dried tomato / mediterranean quinoa salad / sautéed broccolini with citrus / tomato cucumber salad / simple carrot salad from 3 boys and a dog

Roasted rosemary lemon chicken

chicken thighs on sheet pan with lemon, garlic and rosemary
chicken thighs right out of the oven

The oven does most of the heavy lifting in this recipe. After you’ve browned the skin, the chicken thighs will roast while you are doing something else.

If thighs aren’t your favorite, you can make rosemary lemon chicken breasts instead. You will follow the recipe exactly as you would with thighs, with one change: reduce the cooking time by 5 minutes.

crispy roasted chicken thighs on baking sheet
crispy, juicy chicken thighs

The garlic will get really soft and caramelized in the oven. You can see from the photo above how it is browned and delicious. If you are a fan of garlic, you can smash a few cloves and slather it on the chicken (or a piece of bread!).

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How to cook rosemary lemon chicken thighs

The key to getting these chicken thighs nice and crispy is a hot oven. I roast them at 375°F with a convection oven. If your oven is not convection, you could crank it up to 400°F.

crispy rosemary lemon chicken thighs on platter with sprigs of rosemary and lemon

Make a “bed” of rosemary, garlic and lemon for the chicken thighs. Set the chicken on top of this while it roasts, this will perfume your chicken thighs with all that delicious flavor. If you have time, you can also make a marinade of these ingredients and leave the chicken overnight in the refrigerator to marinate.

Easy entertaining

rosemary lemon garlic chicken thighs on platter

chicken dinner!
This is a great recipe to make if you are having guests over for dinner. It is easy, delicious and always a crowd-pleaser. You can easily double it or triple it to feed as many people as necessary. Lately, this Strawberry Arnold Palmer has been the thing that we’re drinking around here.

The dessert of choice the past two summers has been No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Bars – it is one of the most popular recipes here for a reason.

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Yield: 4

Rosemary Lemon Chicken Thighs


An easy weeknight dinner, rosemary lemon chicken thighs are ready in 30 minutes.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 8 chicken thighs, bone-in, with skin
  • 1 large lemon, or 2 small, cut into small wedges
  • 4-5 sprigs of rosemary
  • 1/4 cup garlic cloves, or a big handful
  • 3 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C)
  2. Toss chicken thighs with salt, pepper and oil. Sear in a med-hot pan, skin side down until browned, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Toss garlic cloves, rosemary and lemon, onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Transfer chicken to sheet pan, skin side up, placing it on top of the aromatics (herbs/lemon/garlic) and roast for about 30-35 minutes (depending on the size of the thighs)
  4. Sprinkle with chopped rosemary, if desired.


Cook time will vary slightly depending on the size of the chicken thighs. If they are on the small side, cook 2 minutes less. If they are large, add a few extra minutes to ensure they are done or use a meat thermometer - it should register 160-165, and allow chicken to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 674Total Fat: 47gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 35gCholesterol: 333mgSodium: 1036mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 62g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 7/10/2019

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Recently updated: 7/10/19


  1. Cheryl – can chicken breasts be substituted for the thighs? If so, what changes to the recipe will I need to do. This sounds easy enough that I think even I could make it!!!

    1. Jenny- you can absolutely use chicken breasts! Reduce the cooking time to about 25 minutes (unless the chicken breasts are huge, then don’t) and you should be good to go! 🙂

  2. This is gorgeous and reminds me of the lemon chicken dish I made for my wedding lunch (and many times since). Yours looks so delicious and whoa a whole hell of a lot better than a bucket!

    1. Hooray!!! I love it when a recipe is a hot with anyone, but ESPECIALLY with picky eaters 😉

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