- 2 tbsp. oil
- 3 tights skin on chicken thighs
For the sauce
- 3 leaves Sage
- 4 cloves Garlic
- from 1 lemon Lemon Juice
- from 1 lemon Lemon zest
- 3 tbsp. Dry white wine
- 2 tbsp. all purpose flour
- 2 cup chicken stock
- 1 tbsp. Butter
- 1 tsp. Date honeyor honey
- 1 tsp. Salt
- 1 tbsp. Black Pepper
Having chicken for dinner had always been one of the best ways for a good quick dinner without any special preparations. The Roasted Chicken in Lemon Sauce is a recipe that you don’t need to prepare in advance however it really gives the chicken the out-of-the box treatment. The chicken produces an amazing lemony smell which spreads all over the kitchen with a flavor that is a perfect combination of the grilled chicken and the sour flavor of the lemon sauce.
Getting the roasted Chicken in Lemon Sauce prepared for a casual dinner will take you about 30 minutes, the idea is to create a balance between the chicken and the lemon flavors. I used chicken thighs, skin on, we need this precious skin to keep the chicken moist inside and to get this amazing outer crisp that a good grilled chicken must have.
The lemon sauce is giving the chicken thighs it’s distinguish flavors, a fresh and tangy taste. One thing to keep in mind, is that we don’t want the sauce to be too sour so instead of squeezing a bucket of lemon juice for the sauce we use just 1 lemon and the rest of the flavor is coming from the lemon zest.
For an extra crispy skin I start by roasting the chicken on a skillet, applying some direct high heat, getting a good burn on the skin which will later on even get crispier when roasted in the oven for a few more minutes.
You can add many variations to the sauce, if you’re looking for round flavors. Cream is the best choice to add for a classic garlic, white wine sauce which will definitely compliment this recipe. I wanted to keep the chicken dish on the low-fat version, so I didn’t use any cream however I did use flour as a thickener, ending up with a thick sauce which will be the star of the meal, so make sure you have a good bread on the side, to wipe all this delicious sauce straight from the skillet!
Searing the chicken
Preheat the oven to 180c/ 350F.
making the lemon sauce
In the same skillet, don't wash it, the chicken residues add tons of flavor to the sauce, pour in the white wine and scrape the skillet with a wooden spoon extracting the flavors.
roasting the chicken
Add the chicken thighs into the lemon sauce skillet, cook on medium heat for another 5 minutes and place the skillet in the oven on the upper rack close to the grill.