Baked Lemon Butter Chicken Thighs


These delicious lemon garlic chicken thighs are low carb, keto friendly, and easy enough for a weeknight meal. Guaranteed to impress the pickiest eaters! Serve over egg noodles, mashed potatoes, rice, or alongside your favorite vegetables.

Looking down at a skillet of baked lemon butter chicken thighs.
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder

  • 4 (8 ounce) skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Place 3 tablespoons butter in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in a microwave oven until melted, 1 to 2 minutes. Smash garlic cloves with the side of a chef's knife and add garlic to the warm butter. Stir in lemon juice and onion powder; set aside.

    Melted butter, garlic, lemon juice and onion powder mixed together in a bowl.

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  3. Sprinkle both sides of chicken thighs with salt and pepper. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon butter in a medium oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Brown chicken, skin-side down, for 3 to 4 minutes. Flip chicken over and brush skin with lemon-butter mixture. Pour remaining butter mixture into skillet and remove from heat.

    Chicken thighs browning in a pan.

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  4. Bake in the preheated oven until chicken is no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 30 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Brush skin every 10 minutes with pan juices.

    Lemon butter sauce poured over, and baked in preheated oven until finished cooking.

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  5. Remove skillet from the oven and place chicken on a serving platter. Drizzle chicken with pan juices and garnish with parsley.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

510 Calories
34g Fat
7g Carbs
41g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 510
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 44%
Saturated Fat 14g 68%
Cholesterol 179mg 60%
Sodium 257mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 41g
Vitamin C 7mg 35%
Calcium 34mg 3%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 398mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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