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Italian baked chicken thighs in a skillet with basil

Italian Baked Chicken Thighs with Garlic and Lemon

  • Author: Miss AK
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes + 4 hour marinade time
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes + 4 hour marinade time
  • Yield: 4-6 1x


This Italian baked chicken thighs recipe with garlic and lemon packs a flavorful punch, but it’s easy to make. Marinate and bake for an easy meal.



For the marinade:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed and roughly minced
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper

For the chicken:

  • 2 lb. chicken thighs – bone in or boneless, I like the skin removed for this recipe
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder


  1. To make the marinade, whisk together the olive oil, viengar, lemon juice, garlic cloves, honey, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. 
  2. Add the chicken thighs to a zip-top bag or bowl with a lid and pour the marinade over all of the thighs, making sure each one is coated well. 
  3. Let the chicken marinate for at least one hour, or up to 4 hours. Let the chicken thighs come to room temperature in the marinade for 30 minutes before cooking. This ensures even cooking and crispiness. 
  4. When you’re ready to cook, preheat the oven to 400F.
  5. Arrange the chicken in the bottom of a skillet or baking dish. Do NOT rinse the mariande off. Sprinkle on the Italian seasoning, and garlic powder.
  6. Place the baking dish or skillet in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes until juices run clear, or until a digital read thermometer reads 165F. 
  7. Rest the chicken for 7-10 minutes before serving. This ensures juicy chicken! 
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian American


  • Serving Size: 1 thigh
  • Calories: 202
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 522 mg
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 30 g
  • Cholesterol: 140 mg

Keywords: chicken thigh, baked chicken, Italian

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