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close up above view shot of baked chicken breasts in a white baking dish sprinkled with parsley and garnished with lemons

Baked Lemon Chicken

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WW Freestyle: 9
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
To Marinate30 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
This tender Baked Lemon Chicken is full of amazing flavors and browned to your liking. It's an easy, tangy baked chicken recipe that's perfect for summer!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 387


  • Oven


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 large lemon, thinly sliced

For the Spice Rub

  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder


  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, thyme, oregano and black pepper.
    Remove 3 tablespoons of the marinade and set aside in a small cup; cover and refrigerate.
  • Pour the remaining marinade into a large resealable bag; add chicken breasts to the bag.
  • Seal the bag; turn to coat and set aside for 30 minutes, or refrigerate for up to 8 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350˚F. Remove bag with chicken breasts from the fridge and let stand on kitchen counter for 12 to 15 minutes, while the oven preheats.
  • Lightly grease a baking dish with cooking spray. Arrange lemon slices on the bottom of the baking dish. Set aside.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine paprika, garlic powder and onion powder.
  • Remove chicken breasts from the bag and lightly pat dry with paper towels. Discard marinade that's in the bag.
  • Sprinkle chicken breasts with prepared spice rub and set chicken breasts over lemon slices inside the baking dish.
  • Drizzle reserved marinade over the chicken breasts.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 165˚F.
  • Optionally, remove the cover several minutes before the chicken is cooked through and set it under the broiler to get a bit of browning on top.
  • Remove from oven; remove cover and let stand 5 to 8 minutes before cutting.


Nutrition Facts
Baked Lemon Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 387 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 425mg18%
Potassium 493mg14%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 280IU6%
Vitamin C 22mg27%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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