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Crispy Honey Lemon Chicken Thighs

Posted: May 3

Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

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Crispy Honey Lemon Chicken Thighs—ah, the name itself makes your mouth start to water. Juicy chicken thighs are browned on a beloved cast-iron skillet to create a crispy crunch. Salty butter, tart lemon, and sweet honey are mixed together and spooned over the thighs to heighten the wonderfully savory flavor. Perfect for a simple weeknight dinner or a special celebratory meal, Crispy Honey Lemon Chicken Thighs are sure to satisfy.


4 chicken thighs, bone-in and skin-on
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
5 cloves garlic, peeled
1 tablespoon butter
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
parsley, optional, for garnish, stems removed and chopped


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Step 2

Pat the chicken thighs dry.

Step 3

Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper.

Step 4

Drizzle the olive oil over the skin sides of the chicken.

Step 5

Set a cast-iron skillet or oven-safe pan over medium heat on the stove-top.

Step 6

Cook the chicken thighs, skin-side down, until very browned and crispy, about 5-7 minutes.

Step 7

Readjust the chicken thighs about 5 minutes through cooking, so the fat touches the skillet and coats it with liquid.

Step 8

Take the skillet off of the heat.

Step 9

Scatter the garlic cloves next to the chicken.

Step 10

Place the skillet in the oven until the chicken is cooked through at 165 degrees F, about 15 minutes.

Step 11

When the chicken is cooked through, set it on a separate plate, leaving the garlic and juices in the skillet.

Step 12

Add the butter, lemon, and honey to the skillet.

Step 13

Over low heat on the stove-top, stir the butter mixture, scraping off the browned bits from the bottom of the skillet.

Step 14

When the butter mixture is combined, put the chicken back in the skillet and spoon the sauce onto it.

Step 15

Garnish with parsley.

Step 16

Plate and serve.

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