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Gluten Free Lemon Thyme Chicken with Garlic and Rosemary
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5 from 14 votes

Lemon Thyme Chicken with Garlic and Rosemary

Juicy and tender baked chicken. Fresh lemons, garlic, rosemary and thyme. Seasoned and coated with a butter-herb sauce and baked to perfection.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 375kcal
Author: Amanda Mason


  • 4-5 chicken thighs (you can use skin-on, bone-in, skinless, trimmed of excess fat, thighs and drimsticks recommended
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon zest
  • cup lemon juice, fresh squeezed
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh chopped thyme (or 2 teaspoons dried)
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2-3 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • slices Lemon/Lime for garnish


  • You have the option to cook the chicken with the skin on or off. I personally like it with the skin off, so before I started prepping, I removed the skin to the chicken thighs. I left the skin on the drumsticks.
  • Place lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • With the tip of a sharp knife, cut into each chicken piece 2 to 3 times, about ½ an inch. This helps the marinade really get in and penetrate.
  • Place the chicken pieces and the marinade in a gallon size freezer bag. Rotate bag so all chicken pieces are coated with the marinade. Seal the bag and place in a bowl in the refrigerator overnight.
  • After the chicken has marinated, preheat oven to 425 degrees. Remove the chicken from the marinade and place in a single layer in a large baking dish. Use a pastry brush to brush a small amount of melted butter on top of each piece of chicken.
  • Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Thighs need to be at 175 degrees to be considered done.
  • Once done, take remaining melted butter and brush on top of thighs and drumsticks and let rest for about 5 minutes before serving.


Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 153mg | Sodium: 741mg | Potassium: 338mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 465IU | Vitamin C: 16.6mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1.8mg