Crispy chicken thighs with lemon butter caper sauce

Crispy chicken thighs with lemon butter caper sauce

This quick and easy chicken thigh recipe has all the delicious flavors of a traditional chicken piccata, but instead of dredging thinly pounded chicken breasts in flour and sautéing them, we used chicken thighs and made them with a perfectly crispy skin.

Crispy chicken thighs with lemon butter caper sauce

This quick and easy chicken thigh recipe has all the delicious flavors of a traditional chicken piccata, but instead of dredging thinly pounded chicken breasts in flour and sautéing them, we used chicken thighs and made them with a perfectly crispy skin.
USMetric
4 servingservings

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs 900 g chicken thighs (bone-in with skin)
  • 2 tsp 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp 3 tbsp capers
  • 1 1 lemon, sliced into wheelslemons, sliced into wheels
Serving
  • 2 oz. 50 g leafy greens

Instructions

Instructions are for 4 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Season the chicken thighs on both sides with salt, pepper, garlic powder and Italian seasoning.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large oven-proof skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken to the skillet, skin side down. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes until the skin is nice and crispy.
  4. Flip the chicken thighs over to the other side and transfer the skillet to the oven. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the chicken is cooked all the way through.
  5. Transfer the skillet back to the stovetop. Remove the chicken from the pan, set aside, and cover to keep warm.
  6. To the same skillet, over medium high heat, add the butter, lemon juice, lemon slices and capers. Stir until sauce thickens, scraping up any bits stuck to the bottom of the pan with a spatula.
  7. Plate the chicken and pour the sauce over top. Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired and serve with leafy greens.

Kyndra's tip

This is a great recipe for weekly meal prep as it requires minimal ingredients and reheats very well.

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5 comments

  1. Julie
    Super big secret: Did you know you can buy boneless chicken thighs at Sprouts for $1.55/lb? What a deal!!! And ground beef for $3,99/lb. Another bargain.
  2. Brenda
    This is one of our favorites. We make it at least once a week.
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  4. Cassieoz
    When recipes use a pre- made seasoning mix (like 'italian seasoning') can you link to a recipe for making it please. There's no such thing here and I'd like to reproduce the flavour that you intend. Thank you
    Reply: #6
  5. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    When recipes use a pre- made seasoning mix (like 'italian seasoning') can you link to a recipe for making it please. There's no such thing here and I'd like to reproduce the flavour that you intend. Thank you

    Thank you for your feedback, I will pass it on to the recipe team. In the meantime, here is the direct link to our Italian seasoning recipe.
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/italian-seasoning

  6. Andrea
    Great recipe. A couple of observations. There seems to be a lot of oil left over in the pan when making the sauce. Thus, the sauce is more of an oily condiment to the dish. I recommend disposing of the majority of the oil in the pan, leaving the drippings, THEN adding the butter, lemon, capers, lemon slices, to create the sauce. I tried this recipe several times and this fares best. The thighs are delicious!

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