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Baked Lemon CHicken Recipe
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Baked Lemon Chicken

This baked lemon chicken breast recipe is easy and healthy.  It's a chicken marinade that works great for baked chicken breast or baked chicken thighs and is perfect for meal prep, in tacos, on a salad or with your favorite side dish. Your family is going to love this easy baked chicken recipe. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
marinating time1 d
Total Time1 d 45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 261kcal
Author: The Carefree Kitchen


Lemon Chicken Marinade Recipe

  • 4 tablespoon Avocado Oil
  • ¾ Cup Lemon Juice
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 Pinch Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Pinch Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Rosemary (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon Thyme (chopped)
  • 4 Chicken Breasts Boneless & Skinless


How to Tenderize Chicken

  • Place the chicken in a gallon Ziplock bag, use a rolling pin, mason jar, or the flat side of a meat tenderizer to pound the thickest part of the chicken breast. Pound until it about ¾" thick, similar to the rest of the chicken breast. (This should only take a few good whacks.)

How to Make Lemon Chicken Marinade

  • In the gallon Ziplock bag, add the avocado oil, lemon juice, salt, cayenne pepper, cumin, rosemary, and thyme.
  • Roll the chicken breasts around in the ziplock bag to get the marinade all over the chicken. Let the chicken marinate for 2-24 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Place the chicken breasts in the baking dish.
  • Bake the chicken in the oven for 20-35 minutes, depending on how thick the chicken breasts are.  When the chicken is done the internal temperature of the chicken should be 165 degrees Fahrenheit.   It is the safe internal temperature for both the white meat and dark chicken meat. 
  • Remove from the oven and spoon the juices over the chicken breasts. (If desired) Place under the broiler for 3-5 minutes or until the chicken is golden brown. Let rest 5 minutes before serving.


Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 369mg | Potassium: 589mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 61IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg