Lemon Rosemary Chicken Recipe

This lemon rosemary chicken recipe can be prepared for two people. It's perfect for date night!


  • 4 large chicken thighs, bone-in, skin-on
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary, dried
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Place the chicken thighs in a dish.  Drizzle over the olive oil, rosemary, lemon slices, salt and pepper.  Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.  This can be done up to 4 hours in advance.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F and have a small 8î x 8î baking dish ready.  Preheat a cast-iron pan over medium high heat.  When hot, drain each chicken breast of excess oil, and place in chicken thigh in the pan, skin side down.  It's fine to sear the lemon slices with the chicken. 
  3. Once the chicken is golden brown (4-5 minutes), flip it and sear it on the other side.  Once both sides are brown, move the chicken thighs to the baking dish. 
  4. Bake for 20 minutes.  Test the temperature in the deepest part of the thigh with a food thermometer - it should be 165°F.  If it isn't, return it to the oven for 3 minutes intervals, and re-test.
  5. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.  


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 2

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 348
Calories 607

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 44g
  Saturated Fat 8g
Sodium 1847mg
Total Carbohydrate 4g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 1g
Protein 40g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.

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    If you have high cholesterol, do not make this. Look at the sodium on it. Ridiculous. How was this even cited on a website for being healthy.


    Sorry, but the recipe makes no sense. See the 2nd step where the instructions say "When hot, drain each chicken breast of excess oil, and place in chicken thigh in the pan, skin side down. It's fine to sear the lemon slices with the chicken. " What is this all about?

    @ Lowrain

    I think it means when the pan is hot, drain the chicken of excess oil and put in in the pan.


    Thank you for the recipe, Christina. I love cooking chicken and love eating it with my family :) I was looking for this recipe. I'm sure it's not too hard to make it happen. Thank you. Barbara


    I tried this recipe last night and it was absolutely DELICIOUS! I used fresh rosemary instead of dried. I cut the back of the thigh open and stuck a stem of fresh rosemary inside before baking. #Perfection


    Looks delicious and very easy to prepare!