Lemon & Thyme Chicken with Glaze (Keto)

Chicken with Lemon
Chicken with Lemon

Deliciously zingy and packed with flavour, this is a very simple recipe that requires minimum effort and minimal cleaning up. I fried chicken thighs skin-side down to render and crisp the skin, then cooked them in a lemon, garlic and thyme chicken stock (skin-side up). I then took it one step further, and reduced the strained cooking stock and juices to a thick, full-flavoured glaze which I simply brushed over before serving. Be sure to serve it along some lovely high-fibre vegetables – see the SIDE DISHES on this site for some inspiration…

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Carbs 1.5g | Fat 18g | Protein 25g
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Lemon & Thyme Chicken with Glaze (Keto)

A deliciously zingy chicken dish, where the thighs are fried skin side down to crisp, then gently cooked with lemon slices and stock. Serve with your favourite high-fibre side vegetables.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine General
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4

Per serving

Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.5g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 18g


  • 2 tsp lard
  • 4 large chicken thighs, skin on
  • salt
  • 1 lemon, sliced (pips removed)
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely sliced
  • fresh thyme, leaved picked
  • 250 g (8.8 oz) warm chicken stock
  • fresh thyme, to garnish


  • Have all your ingredients prepped and ready.
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  • Heat the lard in a large, deep-sided non-stick pan. Season both sides of the chicken with salt.
  • Fry the chicken skin-side down until they are golden and crispy.
  • Flip each one over and cook the underside for only about 30 seconds, then remove and set the chicken aside skin-side up.
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  • At this point, your pan with all rendered fat will be very hot. Turn the heat off and add the garlic. (We do this because the garlic burns very quickly.) Fry the garlic in the pan until softened.
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  • Add the lemons and picked thyme leaves to the pan. Return the chicken to the pan nestling in among the lemon slices, then pour the warm chicken stock into the pan - being careful not to pour over the crispy skins.
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  • Turn the heat on again and gently simmer the dish over moderate heat for about 20-25 minutes to cook the chicken through sufficiently.
  • A meat thermometer probe is useful here, the internal temperature should read 72°C / 163°F in the thickest part of the chicken. Once this temperature has been reached, remove the chicken and the lemon slices from the pan and set aside to keep warm.
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  • Strain the stock using a sieve/strainer. Pour the strained mixture into a clean pan, discarding the garlic and other bits.
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  • Reduce this liquid until it is thick and glossy, then use a silicon pastry brush to brush the crispy skin of the chicken pieces. Garnish the dish with more fresh thyme. (If you are using store-bought chicken stock, you may find that it reduces to a very salty glaze, so its unlikely you will need to season the dish further before serving. But, that is always a personal preference... ENJOY!)

A new-and-improved version of this delicious recipe features in my cookbook KETO KITCHEN.

Chicken with Lemon and Glaze
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Nutritional Information per serving
Calories                         273Kcal / 1142kJ
Fat                                 18g
Carbohydrates               1.5g
Protein                           25g

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  1. thank you, ended up inventing a completely different dish altogether!
    I have been on the Keto diet… lifestyle (don’t like the word diet) for 5 weeks now, lost 1.5 stone and your site has been an utter inspiration, most of the meals I’ve made are from here, I have been singing your praises and passing your website on to all my keto friends at work (we are NHS) and my mother in law who is celiac.
    you have helped make my transition into the world of keto so easy and so much fun.
    Thank you

    1. That is so wonderful to hear – and congrats on the weight loss – that is incredible! If you love this site, you will love my book(s) too, the photography is simply stunning (compared to my amateur pics on this site LOL!) XXXXXXX

  2. Hi, could this be made with an orange instead of a lemon?… i have an orange… no lemon and i’m shielding lol

    1. Hmmmm, not sure for several reasons. An orange won’t give it the necessary ‘zing’ like a lemon would, in fact it may make the dish quite bitter. Plus, lemon and thyme flavour pair sl well. (There are also the higher sugars in oranges than lemon so I steer clear of them on keto.) HOWEVER, having said all that, cooking should be about experimenting, so why don’t you give it a try anyway! You may be creating something new? xxxx

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