Oregano-Lemon Chicken  Recipe
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Oregano-Lemon Chicken Recipe

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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.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 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

Nutritional Facts

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


  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.
Originally published as Oregano-Lemon Chicken Thighs in Country Extra November 2004, p49

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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joflitton User ID: 8098872 264182
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2017

"easy and moist. I used boneless thighs and it worked fine."

tamarapearson User ID: 3272516 259650
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2017

"Very light and tasty dish. I added some of the pan drippings to flavor the buttered egg noodles I served on the side. I will probably add a little pepper next time, but will definitely make this again."

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!"

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