Crispy Baked Chicken with Onions and Lemon

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The seasoning is simple and the cooking method is basically just wait time. This crispy baked chicken from food blog Ginger & Toasted Sesame is a dream come true for busy moms and dads who want to serve up a delicious family meal with minimal effort. And let’s be honest, we’re really here to learn how to get crispy chicken skin.

Serves 2

4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, trimmed of excess skin and patted dry
1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 lemon thinly sliced, seeds removed
1 teaspoon of kosher salt, divided
½ teaspoon of dried thyme
4 very small pinches of cayenne
freshly ground black pepper


1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

2. Place sliced onions at the bottom of a 9 x 9 inch square baking dish or pan. Lay lemon slices evenly over the onion. Sprinkle with half the salt.

3. Place the chicken thighs on top, making sure to leave a bit of room around each thigh. Sprinkle with other half of the salt, dried thyme, cayenne and a few grinds of black pepper.

4. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes until crispy and golden and the temperature reaches at least 165 degrees when putting a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh (not touching the bone).

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Run by Sonja Bradfield, Ginger & Toasted Sesame is an amazing food blog with recipes inspired by Sonja’s Korean heritage. Check out her stunning food photography as well. Each post will make you wish meal time came sooner. Click here to visit Ginger & Toasted Sesame.