4-Ingredient Crispy Lemon Thyme Chicken Recipe Cooks in 10 Minutes by 30Seconds Food

4-Ingredient Crispy Lemon Thyme Chicken Recipe Cooks in 10 Minutes

Crispy and lemony, this four-ingredient skillet chicken recipe can be a lifesaver during the week. While the chicken marinates, you can prepare the side dishes. The chicken cooks in 10 minutes (give or take) to juicy perfection.

For this simple chicken dinner you'll need boneless chicken thighs, olive oil, a lemon and fresh thyme. The chicken marinates in the olive oil, lemon zest and slices and fresh thyme until it is cooked in a skillet to golden perfection. The lemon slices are also cooked and release their juices into the chicken for more lemony flavor. So delicious! 

Serve this flavorful, aromatic one-pan chicken recipe with broccoli, zucchini, eggplant, asparagus, carrots, corn or potatoes or a grain. Chop up the leftovers for a delish chicken salad.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes plus 1 hour to marinate
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes

Servings: 4 to 6


  • 2 pounds boneless, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lemon, zested and cut into slices
  • 1/3 cup fresh thyme, finely chopped, plus more for garnish

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Coat the chicken well. Cover and marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or overnight. 
  2. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Drizzle with a little olive oil. Add the chicken in a single layer, skin side down (put the lemon slices on top), and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes or until well browned on the first side. 
  3. Flip the chicken over and cook another 3 to 5 minutes or until cooked through (165 degrees F internal temperature). Garnish with additional fresh thyme, if desired.

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Donna John
Yum! My kind of recipe.
Elisa Schmitz
Amazing how such a simple recipe can make such an incredible dinner. Delicious!
Confused? Is it Thyme that you use, or Tarragon?

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