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If you are looking for an easy but impressive chicken thigh recipe, look no further. This is one of my favorite recipes because it is unfussy, full of brightness from the capers and lemon but also rich and comforting.

Chicken Tip

  • Salting the skin will help it crisp up more.
  • I always serve the chicken over the sauce, so the skin doesn’t get soggy.
  • You can marinate for 1-4 hours but if you have time, I recommend doing a full 12 hrs.

Lemon Caper Chicken Thighs

By Nadia Aidi
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 45 minutes
Marinating time 12 hours
Servings: 4
If you are looking for the easiest and most delicious chicken thigh recipe, give this one a go. It is bright, rich and delicious.


  • 8 bone-in & skin on chicken thighs
  • 1 1/4 cup plain or greek yogurt
  • 1/4 c caper brine
  • 3 tbsp za’atar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 large garlic clove, grated
  • 1 meyer lemon, zest & juice
  • 1/4 c capers
  • 3 tbsp olive oil + more for cooking
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 4-5 tbsp cold unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp honey


  • Mix yogurt, caper brine, olive oil, lemon zest, grated garlic, 1 tsp salt and za’atar
  • Add in chicken and let sit for 4-12 hours
  • Place chicken in a cookie sheet, sprinkle some salt on the top and roast at 425 for 35-45 min and broil 1-2 min to get extra crispy skin. Basting once or twice
  • Sautee the shallots and capers for 2 min on medium with a bit of olive oil
  • Add in wine and reduce by 3/4. Squeeze lemon, add honey, a bit of salt and cook 1-2 min. Turn heat off and add butter, emulsify until you get a creamy sauce
  • Serve sauce on the bottom to keep your chicken skin crispy

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course

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Why a yogurt marinade?

Yogurt tenderizes the chicken, well any meat really in a very gentle and effective way without altering the flavor.

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