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Oregano-Lemon Chicken Recipe

I've been known to make this recipe twice a week—it's so delicious. I like to call it "sticky chicken" since the slightly sweet sauce of honey, lemon juice and hers nicely coats the chicken thighs.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Bake: 45 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 6 bone-in chicken thighs (3 pounds)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano


  • 1. Place the chicken in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Combine the lemon juice, honey, oil, garlic and oregano; pour over chicken.
  • 2. Bake, uncovered at 375° for 45 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 180°, basting occasionally with pan juices. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 147 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 39mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 13g protein.

Reviews for Oregano-Lemon Chicken

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acooley1 User ID: 62623 131366
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2014

"Maybe it was just me, but I thought this was rather bland... It just tasted like plain baked chicken."

inlight77 User ID: 1550804 207095
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2013

"I made this with boneless chicken thighs. Delicious and not too sweet."

christel2go User ID: 7058934 58561
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2013

"Totally love it! Even my 7yr old! Make it tonight! Easy peasy!!"

JennTats User ID: 7007311 133128
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2013

"The only 3 things I did different was I added the lemon rinds to the cooking process and the smell was very refreshing. I also used the juices to baste the chicken but it seemed to was the spices off so I added a dash of honey & oregano during the last 5 min of cooking time. It made the chicken look more flavorful and the taste was very good. How can you go wrong with garlic, honey lemon and oregano! Very good!"

dkhoch User ID: 3241082 146186
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2013

"This was super easy and flavorful! I have 4 kids between 10 and 3 and they devoured it. My 6 year old had 2. Anything that's this good and takes 5 minutes to put together is a winner for me!"

demommyof5 User ID: 7095060 80249
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2013

"I thought ths was Great! Next time I may put a little more honey. The drippings on the bottom I just pured on top of everyones plate, to give it extra flavor. Even my little ones ate it all"

vewebber58 User ID: 998755 67444
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2011

"I hate to be a negative amid so many positives, but I made this dish last night...followed the recipe exactly except I took off the skin plus all visible fat....and it was disappointing. There was a lot of juice in the bottom of the pan that tasted okay, but the thighs themselves weren't sticky with sauce....just a few oregano leaves dotted their surface. They were well cooked and tender, but just not anything special taste-wise."

Lisa94 User ID: 5737026 80248
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2011

"This recipe is amazing. Have made it a few times. Last night, my 6 year old daughter's friend was over for dinner. She is horrendously picky and yet she devoured this!!! Awesome recipe!"

agnes24 User ID: 4430156 153575
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2011

"We were not impressed by this recipe. It does have a lot of oregano and lemon flavor but it's nothing spectacular. I may make it again but maybe using some seasoned salt or another spice or ingredient to make it suit our tastes more."

sreneeces User ID: 2618167 156976
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2010

"With 7 people, it's rare to find something they all will eat. This dish is a true winner!!!"

divaliciousdeb User ID: 5428825 64662
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2010

"My family thinks that I am a gourmet cook thanks to this recipe!"

DKM2 User ID: 5049165 151899
Reviewed May. 10, 2010

"My family requests this at least once a month. The only thing we change is that we double the recipe. :)"

MelissaV81 User ID: 1221953 153574
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2010

"Recipe was delicious. I substituted boneless-skinless breasts instead of thighs and pan fried. Lots of flavor. I will be making this often."

Raeburby User ID: 3794493 67524
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2010

"I always use TOH recipes and rarely leave reviews. I made this last night for two people. Everyone kept licking their fingers and moaniing and saying "yum" and also complimenting me as a cook. DOROTHY -- you did a great thing inventing this recipe. The only thing I did different was added a dollop of habernaro sauce."

Joscy User ID: 2694585 67443
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2009

"I've made this dish several times now, and it's delicious!! Have used chicken drumsticks in place of thighs (just because I didn't have them at the time). I'm so lucky my husband eats everything I cook for him. He especially likes this chicken.

Thank you for sharing.
Sincerely, Joscy from Upstate New York."

Alliea User ID: 1420698 99437
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2008

"This sounds easy and delicious. Has a Greek "feel" to it.

Thankyou for posting.

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.