Lemon Thyme Baked Chicken

This is my first post of 2015 and I am really excited about it! Like many, many people I’ve resolved to work a lot on my health this year and that means lightening up my cooking. Make no mistake though, I refuse to sacrifice flavor and satisfaction! There’s no reason to with dishes like this lemon thyme baked chicken. It’s super light with loads of flavor. Not only that, it couldn’t be easier to make!

The lemon thyme baked chicken ready to marinate.
First, I marinated the chicken tenders in a gorgeous marinade full of lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, white whine and Dijon. There was so much flavor! I let it sit in the refrigerator for 30 minutes so that the chicken could really absorb the marinade. 
The lemon thyme baked chicken ready to go in to the oven. The marinade was so fragrant already!
After it marinated, I just transferred everything to my baking dish. I made sure the chicken was in a single layer so that it all cooked evenly. Then the lemon thyme baked chicken was ready to go in to the oven. 
The lemon thyme baked chicken fresh out of the oven.
It took 30 minutes for it to bake to perfection. The lemon thyme baked chicken looked and smelled so incredible fresh out of the oven!

I just served it immediately with a slotted spatula to leave the marinade behind since it had served its purpose. It actually would probably be more proper to call this poached chicken since the chicken tenders cooked in a shallow liquid, but it was so shallow that I’m just going to call it baked chicken. More importantly, that chicken was so incredibly moist, tender and flavorful. Marc went nuts for it, and I could feel good about serving it. Here’s to starting 2015 off right! Enjoy, friends!

Lemon Thyme Baked Chicken
Lemon Thyme Baked Chicken
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Lemon Thyme Baked Chicken
Lemon Thyme Baked Chicken
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 3 whole lemons juiced
  • 1 whole lemon zested (one of the ones you juiced)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white wine
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme leaves removed from the stems
  • 1 dash balsamic vinegar
  • 1 dash olive oil
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper
  • 2 pounds chicken tenderloins skinless
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine the lemon juice, lemon zest, white wine, minced garlic, Dijon, fresh thyme, balsamic, olive oil and crushed red pepper. Stir it together thoroughly. Add the chicken to the bowl and make sure it gets well coated. Cover the bowl and refrigerate it for 30 minutes.
  2. When that is done, pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Transfer the chicken and marinade into a large baking dish and make sure it is in an even layer. Put the baking dish in the oven and let the chicken bake for 30 minutes in the amazing liquid. This could also be considered a very shallow poaching rather than baking.
  3. Once the chicken is done, take it out and let it rest for a couple of minutes. Then just serve immediately with a slotted spatula to leave the marinade behind, it's served its purpose now. Enjoy the light, fresh and easy goodness!

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1 thought on “Lemon Thyme Baked Chicken”

  1. Hi Leigh, Love lemon& Thyme combo. Ha-I just recently submitted a recipe to TK (not chicken though) using Lemon & Thyme! Good minds think alike… Cheryl
    Ps another one of my sites (I have 4) is recipes using Citrus fruits!

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