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Creamy Lemon Chicken Thighs This easy one pan dinner of creamy lemon chicken thighs is baked in the oven after we get the thighs nice and crispy in the skillet. The creamy lemon sauce with spinach is amazing!

creamy lemon chicken thighs in a skillet

I love making these easy one skillet meals.  This Creamy Lemon Chicken Thighs Recipe combines the juiciest chicken thighs with an amazing creamy lemon butter sauce.  The sauce also has spinach for a greens boost!

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I love to cook with chicken thighs because they are economical, and they are the most delicious part of the chicken.

Some other chicken thigh recipes you may like include my No Mess Crispy Chicken Thighs, Chicken Thighs with Creamed Spinach, and Instant Pot Chicken Thighs.

HOW TO MAKE CREAMY LEMON CHICKEN THIGHS

This recipe starts off by seasoning our chicken thighs with smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.  Smoked paprika is one of my favorite seasonings so you will find it in several of my recipes.  You can find it in most major grocery stores.

chicken thighs seasoned with smoked paprika

Now we heat avocado oil in the largest skillet you own.  If you do not have a large enough skillet for 6 chicken thighs, you can cook them in batches then transfer everything to a casserole dish before baking in the oven.

Sear both sides of the chicken for 3-5 minutes on each side.

chicken thighs being seared in a large skillet

Once they are nice and golden brown, remove the chicken thighs from the skillet onto a plate and set aside.  Drain the excess fat from the skillet as well.

Now we can make our sauce for the creamy lemon chicken thighs!

This sauce is like a flavor punch to your mouth.  It is so delicious!

Reduce the heat to medium low and melt the butter in the pan.  Add in the garlic, cream cheese, and parmesan.  Stir for a few minutes to melt the cheese.  Now add in the lemon juice, thyme, and chicken broth.  Whisk to combine all of these ingredients and let simmer for a few minutes.

Now we stir in the frozen chopped spinach.

frozen spinach in a creamy lemon butter sauce

Add the chicken thighs back to the skillet and bake in the oven until an internal meat thermometer reads 165F…about 20 minutes.

When you remove from the oven, you will see this deliciousness…

creamy lemon chicken thighs in a yellow skillet

And when you cut into one of the chicken thighs, you will be greeted with the most amazing juicy chicken

a piece of creamy lemon chicken cut open

 

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creamy lemon chicken thighs in a yellow skillet

Creamy Lemon Chicken Thighs

This easy one pan dinner of creamy lemon chicken thighs is baked in the oven after we get the thighs nice and crispy in the skillet. The creamy lemon sauce with spinach is amazing!  
2 Net Carbs 
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy chicken thigh recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 341kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 400F.  Season skin side of the chicken thighs with smoked paprika, salt and pepper.  
  • Heat the avocado oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Place each chicken thigh in the skillet skin side down.  Season the other side of the chicken with smoked paprika, salt and pepper.  Sear both sides of the chicken thighs, about 2-3 minutes per side.  Remove the chicken from the pan to a plate and set aside.  Drain excess fat from the pan.
  • Reduce the heat of the skillet to medium and add the butter.  Add in the minced garlic, cream cheese, and parmesan.  Stir until the cheeses are almost melted and add in the chicken broth, lemon juice, and thyme.  
  • Let the sauce simmer for 5 minutes to let reduce a bit.  Stir in the spinach and add the chicken back to the pan.  
  • Place the skillet in the oven and cook until the chicken is cooked through.  Use a meat thermometer to check for a temperature of 165F.  This should take about 20 minutes.  
  • Serve chicken thighs with spoonfuls of sauce.  

Notes

Nutrition for 1/6th of recipe: 341 calories / 28g fat / 9g sat fat / 2g carbs / 21g protein
 
  • If you do not have a large enough skillet for 6 chicken thighs, you can cook them in batches then transfer everything to a casserole dish before baking in the oven.  

Nutrition

Calories: 341kcal
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    • Pam McIlroy
    • May 24, 2019
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    My husband and I LOVED this recipe! I think we’ll be making this weekly it was so good! I happen to love tangy foods and with a whole lemon in this recipe it is yummy for my taste buds. Thanks Jennifer!

      • jenniferbanz
      • May 24, 2019
      Reply

      Tangy foods are my favorite too! So glad you liked the recipe!

    • Kelly S.
    • May 18, 2019
    Reply

    Wow, I can’t believe how much I loved this sauce! I used breasts because my daughter refuses to eat thighs.. And substituted basil for the thyme. Oh also added kale because I was low on spinach and it was delicious. I’ll double the sauce next time so I have extra for veggies!! This is my new fave chicken recipe. Thank you Jennifer!

    • Suzy
    • May 14, 2019
    Reply

    Can’t get enough of the lemon sauce on the chicken! Adds so much flavor!

    • Aimee Shugarman
    • May 14, 2019
    Reply

    These look amazing. Can’t wait to try them soon.

    • Julianna
    • May 2, 2019
    Reply

    What can I use in place of avocado oil?

      • jenniferbanz
      • May 3, 2019
      Reply

      You could use any oil that you prefer or just more butter

    • Eleni
    • May 2, 2019
    Reply

    This was delicious, will become a staple in my keto lifestyle rotation. I didn’t change a thing. Thank you so much!

      • jenniferbanz
      • May 3, 2019
      Reply

      So glad you liked the recipe!

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