This baked garlic chicken thighs recipe is amazing with this lemon sauce. It’s all about the sauce! Baked Garlic Chicken Thighs Recipe in Creamy Garlic Lemon Sauce in a cast iron skillet

Creamy Garlic Lemon Sauce in a cast iron skillet Creamy Garlic Lemon Sauce Chicken Thighs

We love posting and sharing our easy chicken recipes. That’s why the original idea for this website was for chicken. But we didn’t want to inundate you all with back-to-back chicken recipes because we figured you all would need a break and want some sweets and other recipes thrown in from time to time. Now today is another chicken recipe but it’s a baked garlic chicken thighs recipe in lemon sauce that is outstanding and has been a reader favorite! Today it’s all about baked chicken thighs cause quite frankly, it’s one of our favorite and easy weeknight dinners. Within 30 minutes, we have a quick version of a roast chicken dinner with our favorite cut of chicken, the juicy thighs.

Video: Baked Garlic Chicken Thighs with Lemon Sauce:

How to Serve

It’s so delicious and easy to make, it’s hard not to eat more than our reasonable sized portion, which is one and a half thighs each? Or maybe two? When we’re hungry, we’ll each eat two. And we don’t ever feel guilty about it!

  • This chicken is great with pasta. Adding it with your favorite pasta will be a family favorite meal.
  • Brown rice, white rice or wild rice.
  • Couscous or quinoa.
  • On a bed of lettuce for a healthy low carb salad.
  •  It’s a great complete meal for the family for any type of pasta that the kids love. Hope you enjoy our baked garlic chicken thighs!

Easy chicken recipe on a plate

add some pasta to make it a perfect complete meal! 

Baked Garlic Chicken Thighs in a cast iron with skillet


Creamy Garlic Sauce Lemon Chicken Thighs

Season the chicken thighs liberally with salt and pepper. The flavor really comes through when you season the chicken well and with the sauce added on top, it's divine!
5 from 1 vote


For the chicken thighs:

  • 2 pounds (907 g) bone-in chicken thighs
  • kosher salt , to taste
  • black pepper , to taste
  • (optional) ((optional)) little bit of paprika and ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) butter
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) Worcestershire sauce

For the lemon sauce:

  • zest of 1 medium lemon
  • 3 Tablespoons (45 ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) salt , or to taste
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 3 Tablespoons (45 ml) minced parsley (optional garnish)
  • optional: serve with cooked pasta , noodles, rice, steamed veggies or side of bread.


  • Preheat oven to 400° F.
  • Trim excess fat and/or skin around the chicken thighs. Pat dry the chicken thighs. Season all sides of chicken with salt and pepper. (optional) Season with sprinkle of paprika and ground cumin.
  • Heat a large oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Add butter to skillet and melt. When the butter completely melts add the chicken skin side down and sear the chicken. Cook until the chicken skin is brown and crisp, about 3 minutes.
  • Flip the chicken and cook the other side for about 2 minutes. Turn off heat and remove the chicken from the pan, then add garlic and Worcestershire to the skillet. Return the chicken to the pan, skin side up.
    Place the skillet in the oven and bake the chicken for about 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken thighs are cooked through.
  • After chicken is cooked, remove it from the skillet.  Heat the skillet over medium heat, and then whisk in all of the ingredients for the lemon sauce (lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar, dijon mustard, salt, and cream). Add additional salt/pepper to taste.
  • Simmer the sauce for about 2 minutes, or until heated through. Return the chicken to the pan and let it soak up the sauce for about 2 minutes. Garnish with parsley, optional. Serve the chicken with the lemon sauce over rice, pasta or noodles.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 611kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 32g, Fat: 51g, Saturated Fat: 20g, Cholesterol: 257mg, Sodium: 526mg, Potassium: 481mg, Vitamin A: 1145IU, Vitamin C: 5.6mg, Calcium: 57mg, Iron: 1.7mg


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This Baked Garlic Lemon Chicken Recipe was originally published in 2014 and re-published in 2018 with updated photos and video. And here’s more great chicken recipes for ya!