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Honey Lemon Chicken in a cast iron pan.

Honey Lemon Chicken


Honey Lemon Chicken – so easy to make with just honey, fresh lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and chicken. Perfect for easy entertaining!


  • 1 lb. chicken thighs (4 pieces)
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (2 lemons)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon honey


  1. Turn the oven to the broil setting (about 450-500 degrees Fahrenheit). Place the chicken skin-side down in a well seasoned cast iron skillet (we use LODGE all the way baby!). Broil for 15 minutes. Flip the chicken over so the skin is facing up – broil for another 15 minutes.
  2. Make the sauce by whisking the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, sea salt, and oregano together.
  3. Dip each chicken piece in the sauce (lazy girl pro-tip – you can also just pour or brush a little bit of the sauce over the chicken) and return to the hot oven for a few minutes. The exterior of the chicken should get crispy and golden brown.
  4. When the chicken is done, set aside. Pour out the drippings from the pan (reserve them!), wipe out any large residual chicken bits, and put the cast iron back on a warm burner. Add a few tablespoons of the reserved chicken drippings and the remaining sauce + honey. Simmer for just a few minutes until the sauce is bubbly and hot. Pour the remaining sauce over the chicken and sprinkle with fresh parsley. Serve with a green salad and crusty bread for soaking up the very lemony sauce!


If you have a convection oven, the convection broil setting will bake the chicken much faster – more like 15-20 minutes total. The lemon sauce can start to get a little weird (like overly browned) if you cook it for too long, so just be gentle with it.

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American

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