Lemon baked chicken thighs with cauliflower mash

Lemon baked chicken thighs with cauliflower mash

Tender and flavorful lemon baked chicken thighs, marinated in a delicious tangy sauce - crispy perfection! Serve with creamy cauliflower mash. Editor's note: In 2020, this recipe was one of the top 10 most popular Diet Doctor recipes. We hope you love it as well!

Lemon baked chicken thighs with cauliflower mash

Tender and flavorful lemon baked chicken thighs, marinated in a delicious tangy sauce - crispy perfection! Serve with creamy cauliflower mash. Editor's note: In 2020, this recipe was one of the top 10 most popular Diet Doctor recipes. We hope you love it as well!
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4 servingservings

Ingredients

Chicken thighs
  • 2 lbs 900 g chicken thighs (bone-in with skin)
  • ¼ cup 60 ml olive oil
  • ¼ cup 60 ml lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp 3 tbsp fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp 2 tsp fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 2 2 garlic clove, mincedgarlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp 2 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp ground black pepper
Cauliflower mash
  • 1 lb 450 g cauliflower
  • ¾ cup (2 oz.) 180 ml (60 g) shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 4 oz. 110 g unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ ½ lemon, juice and zestlemons, juice and zest
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp olive oil (optional)
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Instructions

Chicken thighs

  1. Combine the marinade ingredients in a mixing bowl or large ziplock bag. Add the chicken thighs and toss to fully coat.
  2. Cover or seal, and place in the fridge for at least 3 hours, turning every now and then if possible.
  3. Pre-heat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line one large, or two regular baking trays with parchment paper.
  4. Remove the chicken thighs from the marinade, and place them skin-side up, on the tray(s).
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until internal temperature is 165°F (74°C), and the skin is golden brown. Let rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Cauliflower mash

  1. Cut the cauliflower into florets.
  2. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil, over high heat. Add the cauliflower and boil for a couple of minutes – just enough so the florets are tender but retain a somewhat firm texture. Strain the cauliflower in a colander, and discard the water.
  3. Add the cauliflower to a food processor, along with the remaining ingredients, and pulse until a smooth and creamy consistency is reached. You can also use an immersion blender.
  4. Salt and pepper to taste. Add more olive oil or butter if you wish.

Tip

This dish is perfect to prepare in the morning, marinate all day, and then bake at night.

For extra lemon flavor, add slices of lemon to the baking tray to roast.

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2 comments

  1. charles Urbaniak
    why in recipies when cooking vegetables always say 'boiled in salted water' when steaming is much better for preserving nutirents
  2. Felicia
    Absolutely delicious!

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