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Sticky Lemon Chicken

by Laura

This sticky lemon chicken recipe is a great one to use on bone-in, skin-on, chicken.  You can also usually get that kind of chicken on sale for a good price.  It also comes together nice and quickly.  I always love the fresh taste of lemon and it pairs well with the thyme.

It all begins with seasoning your chicken with salt and pepper. Then you brown the chicken in a skillet. Next, is adding some garlic and thyme to the skillet. You follow this with the addition of vinegar, soy sauce, and honey.

This sticky lemon chicken gets a finishing off with some water and fresh lemon. This helps make a sticky syrupy sauce. You can finish it off with a sprinkling of fresh parsley.

Here is what you need to make the

Sticky Lemon Chicken

  • CHICKEN THIGHS (OR OTHER BONE-IN, SKIN-ON, CHICKEN PIECES)
  • SEA SALT AND BLACK PEPPER
  • OLIVE OIL
  • GARLIC
  • DRIED THYME
  • RED WINE VINEGAR
  • DARK SOY SAUCE
  • HONEY
  • LEMON
  • PARSLEY
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Sticky Lemon Chicken


  • Yield: 8 1x

Ingredients

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  • 810 chicken thighs (or other bone-in, skin-on, chicken pieces)
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • 34 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • Splash of red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 1 lemon, finely sliced
  • chopped parsley to garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan. Season Chicken with salt and pepper.
  2. Brown the chicken chicken thighs (in batches if necessary) over medium high until golden brown.
  3. Add the garlic and thyme.
  4. Return all the chicken to the pan, add the vinegar and cook for a minute or two.
  5. Drizzle over the soy sauce and honey and carefully shake the pan to mix.
  6. Pour in a 1/2 cup of hot water and add the lemon slices to the pan. Let the liquid reduce down until syrupy, which will take about 10 minutes or so.
  7. Test the chicken with a thermometer to check for doneness.
  8. Transfer the chicken to a platter and sprinkle over the chopped parsley.
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Recipe adapted from Cook, Eat Love.

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4 comments

Nicola @ unhip squirrel November 9, 2011 - 9:14 am

Yummm! When I saw this recipe on your profile, I was hoping it would be of the sweet variety! Lemon chicken is a guilty pleasure of mine at Chinese restaurants, but I’ve always been certain it would be better homemade (no fluorescent yellow sauce!). Thanks for this recipe, I’d like to give it a try.

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Nicola @ unhip squirrel November 9, 2011 - 9:14 am

Yummm! When I saw this recipe on your profile, I was hoping it would be of the sweet variety! Lemon chicken is a guilty pleasure of mine at Chinese restaurants, but I’ve always been certain it would be better homemade (no fluorescent yellow sauce!). Thanks for this recipe, I’d like to give it a try.

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Annalyn November 4, 2011 - 9:07 pm

Lemon Chicken is so good! This recipe looks amazing!

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Annalyn November 4, 2011 - 9:07 pm

Lemon Chicken is so good! This recipe looks amazing!

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