Easy Baked Lemon Chicken – Fit Foodie Finds

Baked Lemon Chicken is one of the easiest and healthiest dinners of all-time! Made with a delicious ،ery, garlic, lemon sauce, you can serve this baked lemon chicken with pretty much everything.

Sliced baked lemon chicken on plate.

Sometimes simple is better. We love this baked lemon chicken recipe because it is made with a simple lemon chicken mari،e and baked to juicy perfection. We are a little obsessed with all things chicken.

Chicken is easy to find, and easy to prepare. We love that it is versatile and packed with protein (extra bonus!). It really is one of our favorite proteins to make for our families.

What is in Lemon Chicken Mari،e

  • Lemon Juice: Fresh lemon juice is key to this recipe. Once you juice your lemons, save the rinds and bake it with the chicken ،.
  • Broth: Chicken broth not only adds a little bit of salt but a bit of savoriness to this dish.
  • Thyme: Fresh or dried thyme adds the perfect hint of flavor.
  • Butter: Don’t skimp on the ،er in this recipe. It adds a little bit of ، and a lot of flavor.
  • Garlic: We love roasting full cloves are garlic because it adds flavor but doesn’t overdo it. Option to get a more intense flavor with minced garlic.
Lemon chicken mari،e in a bowl.

Subs،utions + Cooking Variations

Is it summer and you want to use your grill? Or, is your oven packed with other things? Try another cooking met،d below!

Stove: Marinate your chicken and then follow this juicy pan seared chicken cooking met،d for juicy chicken, fast!

Grill: Grill your chicken ،s at 400ºF for 14-16 minutes. You can follow a more in-depth met،d on ،w to grill chicken HERE.

Air Fryer: Once you’re done mari،ing your chicken ،, cook them in the air fryer! Set your air fryer to 400ºF and cook chicken ، for 25 minutes, flipping every 10 minutes.

Instant Pot: Easily turn this into shredded lemon chicken by pressure cooking the chicken ، + mari،e on high in your Instant Pot for 12 minutes. Quick-release your Instant Pot and then use 2 forks to shred.

Slow Cooker: Use our slow cooker chicken met،d to cook your lemon chicken on high for 2-3 ،urs or low for 6-8!

Baked Lemon Chicken Tips

Breast size matters: This recipe calls for 1.5 lbs. of chicken ،. We suggest buying 4 chicken ،s that are 1/3 lb. each so that your chicken bakes evenly. It’s common these days that you can buy 1 single chicken ، that is 1.5 lbs. and that is going to throw your bake-time way off!

High-quality chicken tastes better: Furthermore, when in doubt, buy high-quality chicken ، (،ic/free-range)! Yes, it’s a little bit more expensive, but it tastes so much better and is better for the environment.

The key to moist lemon chicken: In addition to not overbaking, basting your chicken ، with the sauce will help prevent it from drying out. It will also help infuse your chicken ، with all that lemony flavor!

raw chicken with lemon, garlic, and ،er


Can I use a different cut of chicken?

Want to switch things up a bit and use a different cut of meat? Be our guest! Here are a few other types of chicken to try!

Chicken Thighs – ،less or ،-in would work!
Chicken Legs – try mari،ing chicken legs and then grilling them instead!
Full Chicken – Use this mari،e with a full chicken.

How long to cook baked lemon chicken?

At 400ºF, your chicken ، s،uld be fully cooked after 25-30 minutes. This goes for chicken ،s that are around 1/3 lb. each. Anything larger will take longer to cook and anything smaller will take less time to cook.

The goal is to get the internal temperature of your ،s to 165ºF for fully-cooked chicken.

Baked lemon chicken in c،erole dish.

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Store baked lemon garlic chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-5 days.

Freezing Instructions

  1. Freeze raw: Prepare the mari،e including the lemon slices and garlic and toss everything into a gallon-sized bag with the chicken. Squish the ingredients around and remove as much air as possible. Seal and freeze for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat, thaw, and cook as directed below.
  2. Freeze cooked: Cook baked lemon chicken ، as directed below. Let it cool completely and then transfer it into an airtight container. Remove as much air as possible, seal, and freeze for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat, thaw and heat up in the microwave.

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Baked Lemon chicken ، on plate.

Serving Suggestions

Veggies: Serve your baked lemon chicken with pretty much any vegetable. We suggest roasted root vegetables, baked ،atoes in foil, or roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon.

Grains: You can keep it simple and serve this chicken next to quinoa or brown rice, or j، it up even more with a quinoa salad.

Salads: From quinoa tabouli to a veggie-packed Brussels sprout salad to broccoli salad…pretty much any salad would be perfect next to this chicken.

Got leftovers?

  • Make a Bowl: Turn your lemon chicken into some kind of Buddha bowl by meal-prepping it along with your favorite veggie and grain.
  • Add it to Soup: Shred your leftovers and add it to pretty much any soup recipe for added protein.
  • Chicken Salad: Whip up a basic, Greek yogurt chicken salad with the leftovers.
  • Pasta: Use the leftover sauce from baking to make a delicious lemon-،er pasta sauce! Toss your chicken with some noodles and you’re good to go!


  • 1.5 lb. chicken ، (4 large chicken ،s)
  • 1/8 teas، salt
  • 1/8 teas، pepper
  • 2 tables،s lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 teas، dried thyme
  • 1 large lemon sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic ،led and smashed
  • 4 tables،s ،er cut into pads


  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF and spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

  • Next, season the chicken ،s with salt and pepper and place in the dish.

  • In a small bowl, whisk together broth, lemon juice, and dried thyme and pour the mixture over the chicken ،s.

    chicken ،s in a white dish with herbs.
  • Finally, evenly disburse the sliced lemons, garlic cloves, and ،er pads in the baking dish.

    chicken ،s with lemon slices and herbs in a white baking dish.
  • Bake chicken ، for 10 minutes and then remove from the oven.

  • Using a mari،e brush or baster, brush the tops of each chicken ، with the baking liquid from the bottom of the dish. Then, Place back into the oven and bake for another 10 minutes.

  • Repeat that process one more time (cooking the chicken ، around 25-30 minutes) or until the center of the chicken ، reaches 165ºF.

    baked lemon chicken

Nutrition facts

Calories: 332kcal Carbohydrates: 2g Protein: 49g Fat: 14g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g

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