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Broiled Lemon Chicken Thighs Recipe

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  • Author: Maxine Dubois
  • Total Time: 1 Hour 15 minutes (or more if you do optional buttermilk marinade)
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


This Broiled Lemon Chicken Thighs Recipe is made with chicken thighs, lemons, red wine vinegar, garlic, and seasoned with oregano. 


  • 3 pounds of chicken thighs, with bone and skin
  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup light olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Preheat the broiler to high and let it warm up for 10 minutes.
  • Salt the chicken on both sides and let them sit on a baking sheet.
  • Meanwhile make the lemon juice mixture. In a bowl, add the lemon juice, olive oil, red wine vinegar, minced garlic, oregano, and salt and pepper.
  • Put the chicken on a baking sheet, drizzle olive oil, and broil the chicken thighs, turning once, for about 30-35 minutes, until the skin is golden.
  • Remove the chicken and spoon half of the lemon juice on the chicken and put it back in the oven for another 3-5 minutes. Take the chicken out and flip them to the other side. Spoon the rest of the juice on the chicken and broil for another 3-5 minutes.
  • Take the thickest piece of chicken and cut in half to check inside. Make sure juices are running when pierced.


  • Marinating Time: For maximum flavor, marinate the chicken thighs for at least 30 minutes. However, if time permits, marinating them overnight in the refrigerator will allow the flavors to penetrate the meat even more.
  • Pat Dry: Before placing the chicken thighs under the broiler, make sure to pat them dry with paper towels. Excess moisture on the surface of the chicken can hinder browning and crisping during broiling.
  • Adjust Broiler Rack Position: Adjust the oven rack to the appropriate position to ensure the chicken thighs are cooked evenly and achieve the desired level of browning. Generally, positioning the rack about 6 inches (15 cm) away from the broiler element is recommended.
  • Monitor Closely: Broiling is a high-heat cooking method, so keep a close eye on the chicken thighs to prevent them from burning. It is best to stay nearby and check their progress periodically to avoid overcooking.
  • Baste with Marinade: To intensify the flavors, consider basting the chicken thighs with the marinade during the broiling process. This helps to add moisture and enhance the tangy taste.
  • Use a Meat Thermometer: To ensure the chicken thighs are cooked through, use a meat thermometer to check their internal temperature. The safe internal temperature for poultry is 165°F (74°C). Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh without touching the bone.
  • Rest Before Serving: After removing the chicken thighs from the oven, allow them to rest for a few minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute within the meat, resulting in a more tender and juicy texture.
  • Garnish and Serve: Before serving, consider garnishing the broiled lemon chicken thighs with fresh herbs like chopped parsley or basil for an added pop of freshness. Additionally, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice over the top can enhance the citrus flavor.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 Hour
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Broiling
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 283.5
  • Sugar: 0.0 g
  • Sodium: 457.0 mg
  • Fat: 5.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.1 g
  • Fiber: 0.2 g
  • Protein: 54.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 136.9 mg