Lemon Garlic Chicken with Pasta and Herbs on a brown oval serving dish, garnished with basil.
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Lemon Garlic Chicken with Pasta

This Lemon Garlic Chicken with Pasta is an easy weeknight meal using ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
Course Entrée/Main Dish
Cuisine Italian, Canadian, American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Calories 590kcal
Author Flavour & Savour

Ingredients

  • 8 chicken thighs bone-in, skin on
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 medium onions, red or white
  • 6 - 8 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp dried chili flakes
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 400 grams dried pasta, gluten-free if necessary
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup fresh basil, parsley or herbs of your choice

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Heat an ovenproof skillet on stove top. When hot, add a high-heat tolerant oil like grapeseed to the skillet.
  • Rinse chicken thighs and pat dry. Mix flour, salt and pepper in a bowl and dredge chicken pieces.
  • When the oil in the pan is rippling, carefully add the chicken, skin side down. Shake the pan gently to prevent sticking.
  • Brown on one side for 5-6 minutes, turn and brown on the other. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, slice onions very thinly and mince garlic. Slice lemon and measure lemon juice and chicken stock.
  • Add onions to hot skillet and cook until limp and transparent but not browned. Add minced garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add the crushed red pepper, lemon juice and chicken stock. Bring to a simmer, put chicken thighs back in on top of the onions and garlic, cover the skillet tightly (use foil if you don't have a lid) and place it in the oven.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 minutes more.
  • Meanwhile, heat water for pasta. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, toss with butter and fresh herbs. Mound in center of plate, place 2 thighs on top and spoon the lemon garlic sauce over all. Garnish with more fresh herbs and serve.

Notes

To make this a freezer meal, prepare the chicken and sauce, cool and pack in a tightly sealed freezer container. When ready to serve, defrost, reheat, and serve with freshly cooked pasta.

Nutrition

Calories: 590kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 498mg | Potassium: 537mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Vitamin C: 15.1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2.2mg