Simple Baked Chicken
  • Leah

Simple Baked Chicken

Whenever my family discusses this dish, we just call it Mom's famous chicken because it has become a favorite dish of ours. Mostly because of how it tastes, but also because it's literally the easiest thing to make. It takes me longer to prep my morning yogurt than it does to get this chicken into the oven. And once it's in the oven there's nothing else to do other than take it out when it's done! It may seem like a lot to wait an hour for dinner, but the chicken can be prepped beforehand. That means you just pop it in the oven and voila! An amazing entree. (Thanks ma!)

What does this chicken go best with? A fork! But seriously, this can pair with almost anything. If you're low-carb, double up on veggies or a salad as sides. If not, feel free to add some veggies and a little rice. Or cauliflower rice (since anyone that knows me is aware that I use this in a LOT of recipes). My family likes to pair a starch and a veggie, so we often serve it with a baked potato or an ear of corn and some steamed green beans or whatever veggie we have on hand.

I learned my cooking style from my mom. She's the kind of person who looks at the ingredients and just throws some things together. It usually comes out good. This is one of her masterpieces. It's a really simple recipe - just chicken with lemon juice, tamari or soy (if you aren't gluten free) sauce, garlic powder, and dried oregano. That's it! And it looks (and tastes) like you spent a lot of time getting this ready.

Once you've seasoned the chicken it's ready to go!

Prep time: 2 min

Cook time: 1 hour

Ready in: 1 hour 2 min

Yields: 8 servings of chicken

In my family, we take the skin off before eating the chicken. Why not just save time and use the skinless kind? I'll tell ya!

The chicken thighs (or you can use a quartered chicken) have to have the skin on to help the chicken cook properly without it becoming dried out. If you like the skin, this is crispy and tasty, but the chicken is so good, you won't even miss the skin.


· 1 package (1 lb) chicken thighs, bone-in, skin on

· 1/3 cup tamari sauce

· 1/4 cup lemon juice

· 1 teaspoon garlic powder

· 1 teaspoon oregano


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Place the chicken in a lasagna pan (we use the disposable kind). Pour the lemon juice and tamari (or soy if you aren't gluten-free) sauce over the chicken. Sprinkle the garlic and oregano liberally over each piece.

3. Put the chicken in the oven for 1 hour. Once it's done, enjoy!

That's It!

Growing up, I always figured this dish must have taken a long time and a lot of attention to prepare. I used to come down for dinner just as my mom was pulling it out of the oven. Once I grew up and asked for the recipe, I was shocked at how easy it was. And how quickly I could throw together an amazing dinner with a minimum of effort. Throw a couple of steamer bags of veggies or rice in the microwave, and that's pretty much the easiest home cooking you can do!

I really hope you like this recipe as much as my family (and everyone I've ever cooked it for) does.

If you follow the 21 day fix, just fill your red container with chicken. If you like the thigh, like I do, make sure to add a teaspoon to account for the higher fat content of the meat. And don't forget to count whatever sides you use with this!

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