A number of years ago, in a pinch, I bought Trader Joe's Spatchcocked Lemon Rosemary Chicken. It's a bit pricey, but we needed dinner and somehow had no food in the house. I wanted something effortless and flavorful. And that spatchcock chicken more than delivered. I loved the flavor, and it seemed like something I simply had to play with a bit. My experiments took the form of these rosemary lemon garlic chicken thighs and came pretty damn close to that Trader Joe's spatchcocked version. Before you get started, be sure to check out my video on how to trim the fat from chicken thighs too.
The Key to Rosemary Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs is the Marinade
I love chicken. Love it. It's the most predominant food in my diet. It's what I eat most days of the week. And in particular: chicken thighs. I almost can't even understand white meat chicken. Dark meat is juicy, tender, more flavorful. I mean, I eat white meat chicken too, of course. But dark meat has a special place in my heart. And these rosemary lemon garlic chicken thighs are really fantastic.
It's a recipe that evolved over time, but I've got it perfected now. The key is marinating it overnight. Whether you use the chicken-in-a-bag method like me or wrap it in a glass bowl - the chicken must be marinated. First, I mix the marinade in a bowl, then I add the chicken, fork the chicken, and transfer to a Ziplock bag. Again, I like to marinate for a full 24 hours. If I can't manage that because of my schedule, I will at least try to marinate the chicken in the morning and cook it in the evening.
For this recipe, I show you a quick veggie side as well. A simple mixture of carrots and zucchini with feta sprinkled on top - my favorite. But you can make this side your own too. You could have broccoli, a side salad, roasted potatoes or whatever tickles your fancy.
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I highly encourage all of you to get to know your kitchens and make homemade food for your loved ones. Eating out is becoming a very expensive luxury these days so there has never been a better time to cook from home. Preparing meals for our families and friends is a wonderful tradition to keep up with. It gives us a chance to slow down for a moment, put down our devices and connect with the people we care about.Print