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Easy Lemon Chicken

Easy Lemon Chicken is a quick throw together recipe in one pan with the most stunning 5-ingredient Lemon Chicken Sauce.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: lemon chicken
Servings: 6
Author: Cindy


  • 6 chicken thighs bone in or out, with or without skin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Lemon slices and zest to garnish, optional
  • Parsley chopped to garnish, optional


  • In a large bowl, season chicken with salt and pepper. Then set aside.
  • In a small-medium bowl, mix together lemon juice, garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar and oregano. Pour ¼ cup the mixture over chicken.
  • (optional) Marinate chicken for 30 minutes or up to 8 hours in the refrigerator.
  • Heat oil in a large pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Remove chicken from the marinade and place into the hot pan. Sear it on both sides until golden brown.
  • Reduce heat and cover the pan with a lid. Turn the chicken every 5 minutes until it’s cooked through (about 15 minutes in total, cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of your chicken). The internal temperature should reach 165 degrees F.
  • Remove chicken from the pan. Add the sauce mixture and increase heat to medium-high. Cook for about 5 minutes and your sauce should have thickened slightly. (The sauce will thicken more when it cools down)
  • Add chicken back to the pan and coat it evenly with the sauce.
  • Garnish with finely chopped parsley, lemon wedges and lemon zest if desired.
  • Serve over rice, pasta, or potatoes with vegetables.


• If you use chicken breasts instead of chicken thighs, you will need 3 breasts and cut each in half horizontally. Place breasts between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and use a rolling pin to flatten them.
• If you’d like to bake the chicken, it’s best to sear the chicken on both sides first until golden brown. Then bake in the oven at 400°F for about 25 minutes until cooked through. Thicken the sauce the same way as the instructions.
• If you’d like to add the vegetables such as Broccoli, you can add them during the last few minutes in your skillet while you are cooking the chicken to save time.