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.
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