4-Ingredient Crispy Lemon Pepper Baked Chicken Recipe With Charred Lemons by Donna John

Poultry Dinner
3 months ago

4-Ingredient Crispy Lemon Pepper Baked Chicken Recipe With Charred Lemons

Quick baked chicken recipes with minimal ingredients are a favorite at my house – and at 30Seconds. From French chicken (fan favorite) to ranch chicken to orange chicken to garlic chicken to German chicken to harissa chicken, we've got a flavor profile to please pretty much anyone. While we have lots of lemon chicken recipes, we didn't have a crispy baked lemon pepper chicken recipe with just four simple ingredients, until now. This easy baked chicken is the perfect weeknight dinner.

This savory chicken dinner recipe is so easy. Simply sprinkle chicken drumsticks or thighs (or your favorite chicken pieces) liberally with lemon-pepper seasoning and put them into a baking dish. Add some thick slices of lemon, drizzle with oil oil and bake for about 45 minutes or until the chicken is cooked completely through and crispy. To get the crispiest skin, turn the oven temperature up to about 450 degrees F for the the last few minutes of cooking. You could also broil it for a couple minutes, but don't walk away! You do not want to burn the skin.

Serve this easy lemon pepper baked chicken with your favorite side dishes. I served it with roasted brussels sprouts and a quinoa mix. Squeeze the pulp and juice out of the charred lemons onto the chicken. It adds so much freshness and flavor!

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes (ovens vary)
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 6 chicken legs or thighs (or a combination)
  • lemon pepper seasoning (I used Kinder's Lemon Pepper Seasong)
  • 1 - 2 lemons, cut into thick slices
  • olive oil

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Drizzle a baking dish with a little olive oil. Season the chicken on both sides with lemon pepper seasoning. Put the seasoned chicken and lemon slices into the baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil.
  2. Bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for about 45 minutes or until chicken is crispy and cooked through (165 degrees F internal temperature). To crisp up the skin more, turn the oven up to 450 degrees for the last few minutes of cooking.

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I just love your easy chicken dinner recipes and this looks like another winner.
Elisa Schmitz
Your chicken recipes are legendary, Donna John ! Seriously delicious (and so easy to make)!

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