Healthy Lemon Garlic Chicken with Turmeric

This skillet chicken recipe is not only tasty, but it is packed full of healthy ingredients. Lemon Garlic Chicken is a perfect weeknight meal and the marinaded chicken is zingy and full of flavor. This family friendly dish is a great way to get some goodness in!

Lemon garlic chicken in a skillet

I (Lauren) don’t know about you, but after the holidays I feel like I’m in need of a serious detox. Don’t put chocolate, treats, or big meals in front of me for at least a month. After 5 days of constant snacking, plus overeating delicious meals over Christmas vacation, I was in desperate need of something refreshing and clean.  I have played around a bit with this recipe and feel like this is the perfect time to share it. Clean, bright and chock full of nutritious ingredients, it’s perfect for that after-holiday detox we could all use. 

Ingredients for the chicken marinade

How to make this Healthy Lemon Garlic Chicken Recipe

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a small bowl whisk together avocado oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, honey, garlic, turmeric, cumin, rosemary, salt, and pepper.  
  • Pour the turmeric marinade over the chicken and allow to sit for a minimum of 1 hour.
  • Place chicken in a cast iron skillet (or an oven safe pan) along with the wedges of onion, lemon slices, and extra rosemary sprigs.
  • Pour about half of the marinade over the chicken and onions.
  • Place chicken in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. (About halfway through the cook time, I like to spoon some of the marinade from the pan over the chicken to baste it a bit and to keep it moist.)

Notes:

I served this with roasted spicy rainbow carrots (olive oil, cumin, chili powder, cayenne and salt/pepper, roast at 375 for 20 minutes) and fresh arugula salad (so simple-just add salt, pepper and olive oil).

Ingredients to marinade the chicken; lemon, garlic and turmeric

Why is this Lemon Garlic Chicken Recipe healthy?

It starts with turmeric which, be warned, will turn everything in your kitchen bright yellow if you’re not careful. But it’s not just known for its bright color, this ingredient has been credited with fighting inflammation, is a powerful antioxidant, and may give your brain a boost. If that’s not enough, I’ve teamed it up with lemon and garlic, each known as natural immune system strengtheners and cleansing to the body. This is not a trendy “clean eating dish”, it will actually help cleanse you from the inside-out! Not to mention the flavors are so delicious and satisfying. Even my husband the sceptic (and not a fan of lemon) thought this dish was the perfect palate refresher after our vacation.

Baked Lemon Chicken Recipe

This chicken is cooked in a skillet which is placed in the oven, which makes it a great option for a weeknight meal, there’s no standing guard at the stove top! It’s a really tasty dish with very little prep time, you just have to let that tasty marinade do it’s thing!

Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs

I used chicken thighs for this recipe, I find them much more flavorful and they tend to stay nice and juicy. You can substitute them for chicken breast if you prefer, just keep an eye on them so they don’t overcook.

lemon garlic chicken served on a white plate with vegetables

Top tips for making Lemon Garlic Chicken

  • Let the chicken marinade for at least an hour, longer if you can.
  • Let the chicken come up to room temperature before you cook it and it will stay nice and tender.
  • Cook the chicken in a pre heated oven for the best results.
  • Let the chicken rest for ten minutes before serving it.

Lemon garlic chicken thigh on a white plate with roasted vegetables and greens

Be sure to check out these other delicious and easy chicken recipes

Whole30 Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs Recipe

Simple Grilled Chicken Pineapple Kabobs

Gluten Free Crispy Chicken Wings with Garlic Teriyaki and Buffalo Dipping Sauce

 Smoked Chicken and Cheddar Quesadillas with Pico de Gallo

Oven Baked Chicken and Rice by Recipe Tin Eats

Chicken in White Wine Sauce with Mushrooms by Jo Cooks

If you have tried this lemon garlic chicken recipe, be sure to leave a star and let me know what you though in the comments below!

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Lemon Turmeric Chicken

Detox Lemon Garlic Chicken with Turmeric

  • Author: Lauren Daniel
  • Cook Time: 20-30 minutes
  • Total Time: 20-30 minutes
  • Yield: 2-3 Servings 1x
  • Category: Gluten Free
  • Cuisine: Dinner

Description

This is not a trendy “clean eating dish”, it will actually help cleanse you from the inside-out! Not to mention the flavors are so delicious and satisfying.


Scale

Ingredients

1 lb organic chicken thighs (breast will work too)

2 tbsp avocado oil

4 tbsp fresh organic lemon juice

1 tsp lemon zest

2 tbsp raw honey

3 cloves organic garlic, chopped

1 tbsp dried organic turmeric

1 tsp organic rosemary

1/4 tsp cumin

1 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp. ground pepper

1 small onion cut into wedges

Lemon slices for garnish

Rosemary sprigs for baking


Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a small bowl whisk together avocado oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, honey, garlic, turmeric, cumin, rosemary, salt, and pepper.  

Pour the turmeric marinade over the chicken and allow to sit for a minimum of 1 hour.

Place chicken in a cast iron skillet (or an oven safe pan) along with the wedges of onion, lemon slices, and extra rosemary sprigs.

Pour about half of the marinade over the chicken and onions.

Place chicken in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. (About halfway through the cook time, I like to spoon some of the marinade from the pan over the chicken to baste it a bit and to keep it moist.)


Notes

I served this with roasted spicy rainbow carrots (olive oil, cumin, chili powder, cayenne and salt/pepper, roast at 375 for 20 minutes) and fresh arugula salad (so simple-just add salt, pepper and olive oil).

Baked lemon garlic chicken in a skillet on a white work surface

Photography by Chase Daniel

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  1. What I love about this recipe is I already have all of these ingredients! I am in dire need of this detox dish post holidays.

  2. This looks so good! I might have to make it for dinner tonight!

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

  3. Deborah Baggett

    01/16/2018

    It would be great if the recipe was printable.

    • Jen Pinkston

      01/24/2018

      Hi Deb! Thanks for the feedback! It’s been on our to-do-list and hopefully will come to fruition in the next month or two!