Chicken is a really versatile meat; from wings to breast to thighs, it’s pretty much impossible to go wrong when serving up this poultry staple. While breast is often the go-to, we love to change up the usual chicken serving by using thigh meat; it’s often less expensive and the darker meat naturally supplies great flavor. A simple marinade is a easy way to make boring chicken a little more exciting. We like to whip up a lemony, slightly spicy marinade that is great for summer grilling and for roasting in the oven. When we’re in a pinch, the marinade can be done in 30 minutes, but if time allows, we like to let the chicken sit in the marinade a little longer, increasing tenderness and flavor. We love a recipe that is short on time but long on deliciousness!
Simple Roasted Chicken
Serves 4-6; 90 minutes
- 1 1/2 to 2 pounds boneless chicken thighs, with skin
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 whole lemon, juiced and grated for zest
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons thyme
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic salt, pepper, thyme and red pepper flakes in a large bowl. Pour marinade into large plastic food storage bag.
- Add chicken thighs to plastic bag, and mix thoroughly with marinade. Set in refrigerator to marinate for 1 hour, or longer if possible.
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with tin foil and coat with cooking spray.
- Place chicken thighs on baking sheet, skin side up. Roast in oven for 25 minutes, flip and roast for additional 10 minutes.
- Chicken is ready when meat reaches 160°F. Serve with a side of delicious greens.
Recipe adapted from Girl And The Kitchen