This lemon butter chicken is an easy, delicious recipe with a butter sauce flavored with garlic, thyme, lemon, and smoked paprika.
I've been poking around this whole 'keto diet' thing.
A diet where it's mostly fats and protein? Sounds like a dream!
Until I saw I can't have bread...
Well. Baby steps. No diets for me...but keto-friendly recipes are still calling my name. Especially since I eat recipes like this all the time!
Who knew that keto could be so easy to follow?
You'll love this lemon butter chicken recipe whether you're on a diet or not. It's simple, no nonsense, one pan, and just so tasty.
Season the chicken thighs, smoked paprika is one of my all time favorite spices with such good flavor. Then place them skin side down in a very hot pan with oil to get that crispy, well seared skin. Flip em, add butter, whole garlic cloves, thyme leaves, and lemon juice. Throw 'em in the oven.
Boom, dinner. Serve with some veggies (sauteed asparagus goes great with this.) and you have a great keto meal.
But...I served it with veggies and rice because baby steps. Rice is a staple in this household.
...As is crispy, well seasoned chicken. That should be a staple in everyone's house.
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- 8 bone in, skin on chicken thighs
- 2-3 tbsp grapeseed oil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 4 tbsp butter
- 6 garlic cloves
- Juice of 1 Lemon
- ½ cup chicken broth
- 3 fresh thyme sprigs
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Heat grapeseed oil in a 12 inch saute pan on stove top over medium-high heat until oil is shimmering hot.
Generously season chicken with kosher salt, pepper, garlic powder, and smoked paprika. Sear chicken skin side down in hot oil until browned, about 3-4 minutes, then flip to sear the other side for two minutes.
Reduce heat to medium and add butter, garlic cloves, thyme, lemon juice, and chicken broth then place in preheated oven.
Roast for 30-40 minutes, until chicken until fully cooked.
Remove from oven, serve hot.
You can substitute grapeseed with canola oil, vegetable oil, or any oil with a higher smoke point. Do not use butter or extra virgin olive oil in lieu of grapeseed oil.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 139Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 170mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 4g
Eden Westbrook is the recipe developer, writer, and photographer behind Sweet Tea and Thyme. A classically trained chef, Eden has inspired home cooks into the kitchen with cultural comfort foods, easy family-friendly eats and sweets, and glorious spreads for date night and entertaining since 2015.