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Easy Lemon Thyme Chicken

When we suggested a recipe contest using lemons, our readers proved there’s a lot more than lemonade you can make with them! We received over 100 yummy recipes and we had a delicious time making and tasting them. We narrowed it down to the top three recipes.

This recipe earned 2nd place ($150 cash!), submitted by Rajane Williams of Schertz, Texas. Serve with mashed potatoes or rice pilaf for the perfect dinner the whole family will enjoy!

Easy Lemon Thyme Chicken

Juice from 3 lemons
6 sprigs fresh thyme
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes or to taste
2/3 cup olive oil
1 lb. chicken thighs and drumsticks


Preheat oven to 425˚F. In a bowl, add the juice of the lemons, leaves from thyme sprigs, minced garlic, salt, red pepper flakes, and olive oil. Meanwhile, rinse chicken and put it into a resealable bag or bowl with lid, add the juice and oil mixture, and let sit refrigerated for 15 minutes. Next, place chicken in a casserole dish, reserving the marinade for later, and let bake for 30 minutes. Pour marinade onto the chicken and bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy on top. Take out of the oven, let rest for 5 minutes, and serve!

Serves 4.

See the 1st place winning lemon recipe from our 2016 contest.

Love to cook? Enter your winning recipe in this year’s contest here!

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