Creamy Lemon and Herb Chicken Thighs

January 3, 2017 By Cathy — 16 Comments
Crispy-skinned chicken thighs slathered in a rich, creamy sauce make a deceptively easy weeknight meal.

Creamy Lemon and Herb Chicken Thighs

Back to reality.

I can’t tell you how many times I heard that phrase growing up. Anytime a vacation was winding down or we were heading to bed on Sunday night, my dad would utter his favorite (and my least favorite) phrase. And wouldn’t you know, just as we hauled out the boxes and bins to pack up all the Christmas decorations…I heard myself say it. Ugh.

Creamy Lemon and Herb Chicken Thighs

But in some ways I’m ready for a good dose of reality. Certainly my body is ready for oatmeal instead of cookies for breakfast and my liver ready for seltzer instead of champagne. I think I’m actually craving a bit of normal, a little routine…going to bed at a reasonable hour, salads, a little exercise.

But never fear. This blog isn’t about to change over to all smoothie bowls and green juice. Nope. One thing I’ve learned about myself over the years is I don’t do well with cold turkey. As soon as I withhold, I want.

Creamy Lemon and Herb Chicken Thighs

That’s not to say there’s not the room or desire for a little green juice in my life. Just not all green juice. It’s back to balance instead of excess. It’s also back to well-rounded¬†dinners around the table. Big salads, some protein and yep, even carbs.

And when the weather is cold I also crave comfort. Stews, hearty soups and braises. Big, rich flavors, creamy sauces. Today’s recipe has it all. It’s tasty, quick, family-friendly and as cozy as a fuzzy pair of slippers. The sauce is creamy and lemony and herby and the chicken is succulent with a crispy skin. It pairs beautifully with mashed potatoes or a big green salad if you’re feeling a little less indulgent. And it’s on the table in under an hour, perfect as we get back into our routines.

Hmmmm, maybe this back to reality thing isn’t so bad after all.

Creamy Lemon and Herb Chicken Thighs

5 from 3 votes
Creamy Lemon and Herb Chicken Thighs
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
Crispy-skinned chicken thighs slathered in a rich, creamy sauce make a deceptively easy weeknight meal.
Course: Main Dish
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Cathy Roma |
  • 1 Tbsp canola or vegetable oil
  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs with skins
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 large garlic cloves peeled and smashed
  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  • 6 sprigs thyme
  • 1 lemon thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Heat a medium cast iron or oven-safe pan over med/high heat.
  3. Add the oil and place the chicken thighs in the pan, skin-side down. Cook for 6-8 minutes until skin is golden brown and crispy. Flip over and cook another 5 mins.
  4. Remove the chicken and place on a plate and pour off the oil.
  5. Add the garlic, herbs, lemon slices, white wine and chicken stock. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer.
  6. Arrange the chicken in the pan, skin side up and place the pan in the oven.
  7. Roast the chicken until cooked through, about 20 mins.
  8. Take the pan out of the oven, remove the chicken to a plate and tent with foil.
  9. Place the pan on the stove over medium/high heat and add the cream to the sauce. Bring the sauce to a boil and stir until it thickens slightly. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Serve the chicken with the sauce spooned over the top and garnish with the lemon slices and herbs.
Creamy Lemon and Herb Chicken Thighs

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16 responses to “Creamy Lemon and Herb Chicken Thighs”

  1. Loving the crispy skin on that chicken. I know my kids would go for this and I need meals they will eat! Happy New Year!

  2. Loving this Cathy! That sauce sounds so delicious. I love the touch of some cream to make it just a bit decadent!

  3. I don’t do well without as well…it makes me want to then eat everything!!! This chicken looks absolutely mouthwatering. So good!! Happy New Year to you and your family!! xoxo

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Rebecca! Happy new year to you and yours. And I resolve to not restrict…but maybe be a hair more reasonable in 2017.

  4. Lemon and chicken is just one of my all time favourite combinations, so I can’t wait to try this. Beautiful photos!

  5. Back to reality does stink.. BUT I am with you, I’m ready for a reset, or at least my body is! ūüėČ These chicken thighs look absolutely delicious!! I want to take a bite out of my screen! Love that crispy skin and that creamy-dreamy sauce!!!! I hope you had a wonderful holiday, friend!! Cheers! <3

  6. Cindy says:

    Wow you are so right… cozy cold and delicious all while in slippers. Love citrus chicken. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Betty says:

    Perfect, simple indulgence! Delish! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Michelle says:

    This recipe was delicious… my family couldn’t get enough of it. I just made it more saucy because my kids love saucy food. I foresee this becoming a staple in our home. Thank you!

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