Baked Lemon Chicken is a timeless recipe enjoyed by home cooks around the world. Its simple yet flavorful combination of juicy chicken, zesty lemons, and aromatic herbs makes it a favorite for family dinners and gatherings. Let's get started on this delectable dish that’s sure to impress!

Baked Lemon Chicken


Here’s everything you need to whip up a delicious batch of baked lemon chicken:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 lemons (1 for slicing, 2 for juicing)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley for garnish (optional)


Step 1: Clean and Prep the Chicken

  • Rinse the chicken breasts under cold water and pat them dry with paper towels.
  • Place the chicken breasts in a large bowl or a resealable plastic bag.

Step 2: Marinate the Chicken

  • In a small bowl, mix the juice of two lemons, minced garlic, olive oil, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  • Pour the marinade over the chicken breasts, ensuring they are well-coated.
  • Cover the bowl or seal the bag and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (or up to 4 hours for a deeper flavor).

Baking Instructions

Step 1: Preheat the Oven

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

Step 2: Arrange the Chicken

  • Remove the marinated chicken from the refrigerator.
  • Place the chicken breasts in a baking dish in a single layer.
  • Slice the remaining lemon into thin rounds and place them on top of the chicken.

Step 3: Bake the Chicken

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F (75°C).

Serving Suggestions

Once your baked lemon chicken is ready, consider these serving ideas:

  • Side Dishes: Pair with steamed vegetables, roasted potatoes, or a fresh green salad.
  • Garnishing Options: Sprinkle with fresh parsley or add a few lemon wedges for an extra burst of flavor.

Tips for Success

  • Use Fresh Lemons: Fresh lemons provide a brighter and more vibrant flavor compared to bottled lemon juice.
  • Avoid Overcooking: Keep an eye on the chicken to ensure it stays juicy and tender. Overcooking can make it dry.
  • Proper Marination: The longer you marinate the chicken, the more flavorful it will be. Aim for at least 30 minutes.


We hope you enjoy making and eating this baked lemon chicken as much as we do! Give this recipe a try and share your experiences with us. Happy cooking!


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