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Marinated chicken in lemon thyme, lemon, lemon zest, garlic & honey

An alternative chicken dish: so easy to make too! 🙂
I was experimenting in making the perfect marinade for chicken. Finaly, I came up with this!
Chicken pieces, without skin, are marinated for about 3 to 4 hours in a combination of fresh lemon thyme, zest of 1/2 Sicilian lemon, juice of the same lemon, garlic cloves, a fruity EVOO & honey. It is healthy too. This must be tasty, right?? ooh,…yes!

Recipe: For 2 persons
2 chicken fillets, about 300 gr for 2 persons, cleaned, no skin, cut into smaller pieces, (the pieces cut in a bit so that the marinade can penetrate into the flesh )
1 full handful of fresh lemon thyme, washed & pad dry on kitchen paper/ You can eat the small stalks because they are tender/ remove tougher stalks
juice of 1 Sicilian lemon ( they smell amazingly fresh & sweet ) The skin isn’t treatened with chemicals!!
half of the zest of the same lemon ( 1/2 )
3 fat garlic cloves, peeled & finely diced
5 tablespoons of a fruity EVOO
1 heaped tablespoon of a good honey
grinds of black pepper
some sea salt flakes
** To serve: steamed green beans & red onion slices fried & some new boiled potatoes or a mixed salad.
1. Take a large Ziplock bag & place all the ingredients for the marinade in it, except the chicken. Mix carefully in the bag with a spoon because you don’t want to damage the plastic bag. Add a few grinds of black pepper & some sea salt flakes.
2. Add the chicken pieces. Close the bag and with the help of your hands, massage the bag on the outside. Then, place the closed bag in a fitting bowl for when there is leakage. Place in the fridge for about 3 to 4 hours. I marinated my chicken for 4 hours. From time to time, take the bag out of the fridge to massage the bag from the outside. Just before making dinner, take the bag out of the fridge.
3. When the rest of your dinner is prepared & ready, you can bake the chicken. Lift & drain the chicken with a skimmer but keep the marinade!!!! Take a large non stick pan on medium high heat & heat up. Pour a thin layer of the fruity EVOO in it. When hot & sizzling, add the chicken & fry for about 3 to 5 minutes or just when they are browned. Adjust the heat if necessary. When you turn the chicken in the pan, to fry the other side, pour the remaining marinade all over the chicken,…everything! Fry for about 2 to 3 minutes & the marinade will make everything caramelized a bit. It turns golden brown in colour. It smells amazing!
4. When everything is cooked through, serve on a plate with steamed green beans & fried red onion slices in the same fruity EVOO & with new boiled potatoes.

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Freshly home-grown lemon thyme



Hello! My name is Sophie & I love to cook & bake mostly healthily but with a twist! There is a bit of gardening & travelling in here too! Enjoy! :)

116 thoughts on “Marinated chicken in lemon thyme, lemon, lemon zest, garlic & honey

  1. What a delicious and healthy sounding dish! I do love lemon thyme and it is so easy to grow. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  2. I have lemon thyme growing in my garden. Love this marinade, Sophie. I imagine the chicken was so flavorful and tender.

  3. Wow, that marinade looks amazing!! And Sophie, we made your limoncello recipe last year, and it's just LOVELY! I love limoncello. I first tried it in Italy. Yum! I like your lemon thyme plant! I have one in my garden, too!

  4. I do love thyme and lemon (and garlic – always garlic) with chicken. The honey is just brilliant. And it ties it together and makes it look so lovingly cooked.

  5. OMG! I want some! I want some now! 😉 Yes, it sounds delicious and healthy. Bisous from NY,Paz

  6. now this is a good combo of flavors sophie. honey & lemon go so well together. and I would love to try making my own lemoncello or however you spell it.

  7. I love marinating chicken lemon, it give it such a touch of tang, especially with the zest. This is a great combination of flavors — great marinade!

  8. I love the sound of this dish…thyme is one of my favorite herbs, and honey is the perfect addition to this lemon sauce. So delicious Sofie!

  9. This looks so flavourful and delicious. I am have no energy today, I think a big plate of this would really perk me up. Got any left overs?Have a wonderful weekend.*kisses* HH

  10. I have not thought of Western style Lemon chicken, your combination with Thyme is great again. BTW, I just came back from Brussels, stayed there for 2 days. Sent you a short sms, maybe it did not reach you. I think I won't be able visit Brussels for a long time.

  11. What a wonderful flavor combination for a marinade. This is quite lovely. I think I will follow your directions to make this lovely recipe.

  12. That's one beautiful, lush thyme plant. I love growing my own herbs, too. It's one of the few things that doesn't die on me. LOL

  13. This chicken dish with its hint of lemon (:-) sounds incredible. Lemon + honey is one of my favorite combinations. Cannot wait to give it a try.

  14. Oh Sophie…this looks perfect for me..i always cook chicken without skin. im going to try this…it looks absolutely YUMMSomething is wrong with ur link on my blogroll…ur new posts doesnt show up n I just dont know why…ive missed so many of your wonderful posts!:(((I have to get someone to help me with it. but have a good day while i catch up with ur other posts!

  15. dear Sophie, I clicked on ur RSS. the one that says "subscribe in a reader" next to teh orange RSS symbol…that's the one isn't it? I clicked once. Is that all I shd do? Nothing happened on my blogroll I'm afraid. maybe I shd wait? perhaps it will be ok later?

  16. Sophie…this chicken sounds and looks so yummie, love the combination of thyme and lots of lemon…very tasty and somehow refreshing 🙂

  17. The marinade sounds so appetizing. And this chicken looks so tempting. I must cook this for tomorrow2s dinner.

  18. Hi Sophie- Love the addition of citrus. And your own limoncello…that's impressive!!

  19. Sophie,I am always afraid to comment on a fellow bloggers blog especially when there are so many comments there. Its a great compliment for you, forsure, but I worry if my comment will ever get read 😦 I have no doubt it will. But I just wanted to say, I like the idea of the limoncello! I have never had it.

  20. what a beautiful thyme plant! love chicken with lemons and also olives or capers.last night at my spinning class i learned that lemon also decreases hunger! a winner all around.

  21. Oh Sophie !I have never even tried Limoncello, let alone MAKE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YOU ARE AMAZING. Your marinade sounds DIVINE.I will need to make it all summer long…perfect for lazy days after the beach :)xo

  22. Mmm love these flavors which go so well with chicken. And it will be perfect for my husband's diet! I love finding really flavorful dinner recipes that are healthy and low fat too.

  23. Lots of lemony goodness. I have lemon thyme growing in my herb beds too, and it always smells so good, just waving your hand over it.

  24. I am growing some lemon thyme but it doesn't look as healthy as your plant. Delish sounding recipe.

  25. @ everyone of you: thanks for the compliments, my friends!Enjoy & try making your own limoncello: I asure you: You will love it!

  26. How perfect! I am growing herbs in my flower beds this year and have been looking for recipes with fresh herbs. This looks so good I can't wait to try it. Thanks Sophie!

  27. Avec tout ce que tu as mis dans la marinade, le goût de ce poulet doit être des plus extras.
    J’aime beaucoup.
    A très bientôt.

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