This Tuscan lemon chicken recipe is easy and tasty. It doesn't have many ingredients and is a great dish for whenever you need an easy chicken recipe. It's perfect as an everyday meal but delicious enough to serve to guests too.
The recipe for this gorgeous Tuscan lemon chicken is all thanks to Kate at A Spoonful of Thyme as my Secret Recipe Club assignment for March. Kate has been cooking for many years, inspired by her family and friends and loves cooking for and entertaining them. Like the chicken recipe I chose, many of her recipes are simple but still really delicious. There was Five Spiced Glazed Salmon,Spicy Chipotle Turkey Chilli and many more recipes. She has such a range of recipes on her blog and as I love spicy food, there was certainly no shortage of recipes to inspire me.
I am currently training for a half marathon so finding time to go running as well as cook, eat, blog and all the other things I want to do in the evenings is hard work. I really appreciate simple recipes that don't need too much attention as they are cooking. This Tuscan lemon chicken is exactly that. As long as you make a really tasty lemony garlic marinade and give the chicken enough time to marinate then you can't go wrong. By the way, you might also like this baked Italian chicken recipe.
Make the Tuscan Chicken Marinade in Advance
If you are really organised you can make the marinade the day before and then the flavours have even more time to sink into the meat. I was not that organised but I did make it a few hours in advance and I couldn't complain.
I used chicken thighs with the skin on. The skin keeps the meat underneath really moist and I've recently discovered I do actually like crispy chicken skin. In the original recipe the chicken was cooked outside on the barbecue. However, there was no chance of that here in February so I baked the thighs in the oven instead. The chicken skin still went delightfully crispy and the meat underneath the skin was really tender and moist. I'd definitely cook the chicken like that again. Although I'd omitted the lemon zest from the original recipe, the chicken was still deliciously lemony and with the lemon squeezed over the top there was plenty of lemon for me.
Can you adapt this Tuscan Lemon chicken?
As this is such a simple chicken recipe you can't adapt it much before it becomes something else completely. You can vary the cooking method though. If it's barbecue weather then feel free to cook it outside on the bbq. If I do that I normally start it off in the oven for half an hour then just finish it off outside.
For an even more lemony chicken recipe then do add the lemon zest to the marinade as well.
Don't be tempted to remove the skin of the chicken before cooking or to buy skinless chicken thighs. They will dry out and won't be nearly as tasty. If you don't want to eat the skin then just remove it after the chicken thighs have cooked.
Tuscan Lemon Chicken
- 4 Chicken thighs or a mixture of legs and thighs
- 1 lemon quartered
For the Marinade
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 1 lemon juiced
- 2 garlic cloves crushed
- ½ tsp dried rosemary or use about 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
- ⅛ tsp black pepper
- Mix together all the ingredients for the marinade. Coat the chicken in the marinade and leave in the fridge for at least 4 hours.
- Spray a little oil on a baking tray and place the chicken and the lemon quarters on the tray.
- Bake in the oven at 200C for 30-40 minutes. The chicken should be cooked through and the skin crisp. If you think your oven will burn the outside of the chicken then cover it in some foil and take it off halfway through the cooking time.
- Let the chicken rest for five minutes after taking it out of the oven.
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More Easy Chicken Recipes
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Places I'm sharing this Tuscan Lemon Chicken
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