Baked Lemon Butter Chicken

If you’re searching for a stress-free, flavor-packed Sunday dinner that’ll have your family singing your culinary praises, my Baked Lemon Butter Chicken is your answer.

Are you ready to elevate your Sunday dinner game? After teasing my Baked Lemon Butter Chicken on Instagram, the response was overwhelming – over 500 comments clamoring for the full recipe! Today, I’m here to spill the beans on this instant winner that promises fall-off-the-bone tenderness and a burst of delightful flavors.

The Magic of Simple Ingredients:

The beauty of my Baked Lemon Butter Chicken lies in its simplicity. I believe in the power of fresh, uncomplicated ingredients that come together to create a balance of flavors. From the zesty kick of fresh lemon to the richness of melted butter and the aromatic touch of garlic – it’s a culinary masterpiece that doesn’t require a pantry overhaul.

Set-and-Forget Oven Method:

Trust me, I get it – Sundays are for relaxing, not working away in the kitchen. That’s why my recipe boasts a set-and-forget oven method. Once your chicken is coated in the marinade, simply pop it in the oven and let the magic happen. No need to constantly check or fuss over the stove – this dish practically cooks itself, leaving you with more time to enjoy with your loved ones.

Family-Friendly Sunday Dinner:

Picture this: A warm, inviting aroma wafting through your home as the Baked Lemon Butter Chicken works its magic in the oven. This dish is not just a feast for the senses; it’s a family-friendly showstopper that turns an ordinary Sunday into a celebration. The rich, dark meat pieces, like thighs and drumsticks, ensure a meal that’s not only flavorful but also fall-off-the-bone tender – an instant crowd-pleaser!

Yield: 4-5 servings

Baked Lemon Butter Chicken

Baked Lemon Butter Chicken

If you're searching for a stress-free, flavor-packed Sunday dinner that'll have your family singing your culinary praises, my Baked Lemon Butter Chicken is your answer.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 2 hours


  • 10 dark meat chicken pieces (I used drumsticks and thighs, trimmed of any excess fat)
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp Montreal chicken seasoning blend or any chicken seasoning of choice (bullion is fine)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup red onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream


  1. In a skillet, melt butter over medium heat.
  2. Once the butter is melted, add onions and sauté until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  3. To the onions, add chopped parsley and garlic. Mix well to combine and add lemon juice, followed by red pepper flakes.
  4. Add chicken stock followed by Parmesan cheese. Mix well to combine and then add heavy cream.
  5. Bring to a simmer for a minute, then turn off the heat and allow the sauce to cool slightly.
  6. While the sauce cools, season chicken with salt, smoked paprika, and chicken seasoning. Toss well to combine and pour the sauce over the chicken in a baking dish.
  7. Bake UNCOVERED on 375 degrees for 1 hour & 45 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  8. Broil on the skin side until golden brown.
  9. Baste in sauce to finish and enjoy!


If you need to cook this dish faster, simply increase the temperature of the oven to 400 degrees and roast instead of bake for about 1 hour and 10 minutes or until juices run clear and chicken is tender!

Remember, there are different factors for how long chicken takes to cook, especially dark meat chicken. If your chicken pieces are bigger it could take longer. If the chicken pieces are smaller it might be done sooner. Ovens also vary and if you have your chicken at room temp for at least 30 minutes it will also cook faster and more evenly. My chicken took about an hour and 45 minutes because my chicken was NOT room temp and also my pieces were pretty big. Your chicken might be done sooner!

Use your eyes as the ultimate test to tell you the chicken is done. If you see the meat pulling away from the bone and meat appears fork tender and looks nice and brown on all sides then it's ready! Also, use a meat thermometer to be 100% certain 🙂

BTW, this would taste great with rice or mashed potatoes to get all that gravy!

In conclusion, if you’re searching for a stress-free, flavor-packed Sunday dinner that’ll have your family singing your culinary praises, this recipe is your answer. Get ready to make your Sunday dinner a weekly tradition filled with unforgettable flavors and quality family time. Happy cooking!



  1. Lois Morrison
    February 5, 2024 / 1:01 am

    What can I substitue for heavy cream?

    • natasha
      February 6, 2024 / 6:59 pm

      any non dairy cream would work or just leave it out entirely. coconut milk is good if you like that!

  2. Brenda Turner
    February 7, 2024 / 1:08 am

    Hi,this dish looks so delicious, I think I want to try it for super bowl Sunday. Thanks for sharing

  3. February 7, 2024 / 3:29 am

    Can you substitute Half and Half for heavy cream?

    • natasha
      February 7, 2024 / 3:30 am


  4. Matshediso Modisenyane
    February 8, 2024 / 4:04 am

    What a lovely and lovely receip fo chichen

  5. Kay
    February 9, 2024 / 7:42 pm

    Substituted the Montreal seasoning for lemon pepper seasoning (as that’s what I had in hand) and it was super good! Super tender. Any tips for making sure the Parmesan doesn’t gloop things up?

    • natasha
      February 9, 2024 / 11:05 pm

      Yes! Ensure the cheese is fully melted in the sauce & use freshly grated

  6. Shay
    February 13, 2024 / 2:22 am

    This was so easy and so delicious! Thank you đź’–

  7. Saundra
    February 14, 2024 / 3:20 pm

    I noticed the legs didn’t look like they have skin on. Are we supposed to remove all of the skin first? I was hoping to try this recipe tonight. Looks delicious and I’m not a lover of chicken, so that’s saying alot. Thank you for sharing your recipes. I’m not a great cook, don’t like to cook, and you look like a fantastic cook!

  8. Carol
    February 20, 2024 / 11:43 am


  9. Mary
    February 22, 2024 / 6:54 pm


  10. Shametria
    February 23, 2024 / 4:39 am

    Yes recipe

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