It’s so funny that I’ve waited so long to post this recipe because it’s a really, really good one. I made this in early fall when I could still put things outside on the balcony to photograph. It’s not that I forgot about this tasty chicken meal, but it’s because I took a photo of this meal in my well-worn Jadite dish. Let me explain. I love this dish. It treats me well and I think I do well by it too. But it is by no means a pretty dish – well, not after I’m through with it. Sure, it’s got a lovely vintage green hue…but it stains easily and it’s near impossible to scrub away all of splatters. No matter how hard I scrub it with my miracle baking soda-vinegar-soap concoction it won’t become pristine (however, my miracle mix does work wonders on bathtubs and cleans grimy ovens like nobody’s business). What I wouldn’t give for a dishwasher! And a window in the kitchen! And more cupboard and counter space! Actually, I’ve got a whole list of wants & you can see them all & follow me on Pinterest because I’m sort of addicted.
But I’m snapping out of my perfect dream world because I made this dish last week with every intention to take another photo. But then dinner was running late, we were starving, and when it came right down to things, we just chomped down. There was no waiting to take photos because this is a chicken dish you just want to inhale. New photos be damned! We dug in and licked our fingers. Happiness achieved.
There is a bit of prep time because the chicken should marinate for a couple hours so that the chicken gets a lemony soak, but other than a bit of advance planning, the rest is a snap. The first time I made this, I threw caution to the wind and left the skin on. But it’s January now and I’m much more sensible, so I pulled that skin right off before marinating it. Chicken skin, I understand the lure, but either way, it’s delicious. Your call.
elsewhere: Need a bowl of gluten-free comfort? Try my coconut and lime rice pudding over at Poppytalk this week. It’s a no-fuss way to near instant happiness. And it’s vegan to boot!
greek lemon chicken
4 chicken thighs (skins removed or not, your call)
2 lemons, juiced
4 cloves garlic, smashed
1/2 t dried oregano
1/4 t salt
1/4 t dried chili flakes
Rinse and dry chicken and place in a ziplock bag. Combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl and pour over chicken. Seal bag and refrigerate for 2 hours, flipping the bag once.
Preheat oven to 425F. Place chicken and marinade into a baking dish and bake for 45-55 minutes. The chicken is done when the juices run clear after being pierced with a knife.