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lemon thyme chicken in a white baking dish
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Lemon-thyme chicken breast – baked in the oven

Juicy chicken breast baked in the oven, marinated in a flavorful lemon-thyme marinade.
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine international
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 409kcal
Author Aleksandra


2 small chicken breasts, about 11 oz/300g, skinless and boneless


    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • zest from ½ organic lemon
    • 1 large clove garlic pressed
    • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves or 1 ts dried thyme
    • salt and black pepper to taste


    • Pound the chicken breasts slightly, so that they are uniformly thick for even cooking (more or less, don‘t pound it too thin, like for cutlets).
    • Mix the ingredients for the marinade together (you can do that directly in your baking dish).
    • Place the meat in a small baking dish and rub on both sides with salt and black pepper, then cover with the marinade.
    • Cover the dish with plastic foil and set aside for a minimum of 15-30 minutes, but preferably overnight in the fridge to marinate.
    • Bake at 175 ° C / 345 °F / Gas Mark 3 ¾ (no fan) for about 22 minutes (baking time may vary depending on the oven and the size of the meat. If you have a convection oven reduce the temperature by about 20° or follow the manufacturer's instructions). The easiest way to check if the meat is ready, is to measure it‘s internal temperature, it should be 75 °C / 165 °F . Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the meat.
    • Leave the chicken breasts for 5 minutes to rest, then cut into slices and serve. Drizzle with the sauce from the baking dish.
    • Enjoy!


    • It’s best to get small chicken breasts because they bake more evenly, but bigger breasts can also bu used, just pound the thickest part of the breast slightly.
    • The chicken can also be pan-fried, but I prefer to bake it since the marinade splashes all over the kitchen.
    • This recipe is perfect to make ahead or prepare for a crowd - you can easily double or triple the recipe and bake in a bigger pan.


    Calories: 409kcal