Lemon Garlic Chicken

5 May

Last week I didn’t post anything as I was out of town and this week has been crazy-busy, but now I’m back with a quick and delicious recipe that will knock your socks off. This is a fairly short post – I’ve made lots of things in the past weeks and am a little backed up on getting everything posted. And now, on with the show.

This chicken dish comes from Ina Garten as part of her “How Easy is That?” series – I saw it over on FoodNetwork.com and thought it would be great to make on a Saturday night awhile back.

Grazing in The Kitchen - Lemon Garlic Chicken

The thing is, this is the kind of dish that is perfect during the week. It really is super-fast and the flavor payoff is HUGE. So full of bright, lemony flavor that’s not too heavy as we approach beach season. Or jorts season – whichever you prefer.

Grazing in The Kitchen - Lemon Garlic Chicken

Would also be great as a quick throw-together meal on short notice. Enjoy —

Grazing in The Kitchen - Lemon Garlic Chicken


  • 1/4 cup good olive oil
  • 3 tbsp minced garlic (9 cloves)
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tbsp grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp minced fresh thyme leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 boneless chicken breasts, skin on
  • 1 lemon


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Warm the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, add the garlic, and cook for just 1 minute but don’t allow the garlic to turn brown. Off the heat, add the white wine, lemon zest, lemon juice, oregano, thyme, and 1 teaspoon salt and pour into a 9 by 12-inch baking dish.

Pat the chicken breasts dry and place them skin side up over the sauce. Brush the chicken breasts with olive oil and sprinkle them liberally with salt and pepper. Cut the lemon in 8 wedges and tuck it among the pieces of chicken.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken breasts, until the chicken is done and the skin is lightly browned. If the chicken isn’t browned enough, put it under the broiler for 2 minutes. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and serve hot with the pan juices.


21 Responses to “Lemon Garlic Chicken”

  1. thewhitetrashgourmet May 5, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

    I really like your plate. Tres retro. And yummy 😉

  2. sugaredpecan May 5, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    This makes my mouth water. I am cooking chicken as I read your post so it is as though I have smell-a-vision or something like it. Anyway, this looks fantastic!

  3. Arturo Féliz-Camilo May 5, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    Mom has a similar recipe and I love it!

  4. Eva Taylor May 6, 2012 at 7:22 am #

    This does look incredibly delicious Bill. Lemon and chicken always go so well together.
    PS I had to look up jorts!

  5. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide May 7, 2012 at 6:26 am #

    I love simple chicken dishes since we cook with it so often, especially on weeknights.

    • billpeeler May 7, 2012 at 10:11 am #

      Thanks – yeah, you can’t have too many chicken recipes 🙂

  6. egg me on May 8, 2012 at 7:33 am #

    You can’t go wrong with a Barefoot Contessa chicken recipe! This looks great. Lemon and chicken are such great flavors together.

    • billpeeler May 8, 2012 at 8:30 am #

      Agreed – they are great together- like 2 peas in a pod!

  7. machisan May 8, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    Another wonderfully creative recipe

  8. profiterolesandponytails May 12, 2012 at 6:05 am #

    I can certainly relate to not being able to post when life gets busy. I can also see why this dish would be perfect on a weeknight — simple but full of flavor! Thought I’d drop by and say hi as Eva recommended your site.

    • billpeeler May 12, 2012 at 11:07 am #

      Thank you so much! I’ll stop by and check out your blog as well!

  9. Karista May 20, 2012 at 11:37 am #

    Bill i can so relate. It must be the busy season as my schedule has been filled with a whole lot of hustle and very little blogging. Haha! Fantastic recipe that is fresh and flavorful! Great for a busy week indeed. 🙂

  10. giovanapc July 3, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    Yummm, will definitely try this recipe! It does seem easy!

    • billpeeler July 4, 2012 at 10:18 am #

      It really is super easy – especially considering how great the result is – it’s sooooo good!

  11. giovanapc July 3, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

    Yummy, seems really easy and delicious! Will definitely try this at home.

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