Because it’s so easy and so darn delicious, this is a dinner that makes an appearance at our house rather frequently. The flavor of the lemon, garlic, and thyme with the moist and flavorful chicken is just superb. It all bakes up in one pan, and it’s hard to believe that a dish with that many layers of flavor took little more effort than tossing some stuff in a baking dish and sliding it in the oven.
Olive oil and white vinegar form the base of the sauce and as it all bakes, the juice from the chicken comingles with those two to create something that tastes like a carefully concocted pan sauce. Lemon keeps things bright, while the garlic takes on a sweet and mellow flavor in the oven and the thyme lends a floral-piney quality. It all works together so well.
We like to use bone-in, skin-on chicken because it’s more flavorful and we never have to worry that it will dry out. To crisp up the skin a bit more, you can leave the pan under the broiler for a couple of minutes at the end of the cooking time. It’s great served with some quick polenta or mashed potatoes on the side; they soak up all that wonderful sauce!
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