This dish is so simple to make and always turns out moist and delicious. This is one of those no-fuss dishes that are great when cooking for large groups. I love the lemon-butter-thyme combination of flavors with the chicken. Of course, the entire house smells wonderful as it roasts in the oven!
Lemon Buttered Chicken with Thyme
About 8 chicken thighs (organic, free-range, if possible)
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons butter, melted
juice of 2 lemons
8-12 sprigs fresh thyme, stems removed (must be fresh, dried will not do)
1 teaspoon paprika
salt and pepper
Using your hands, rub oil all over each chicken thigh and place in an oven-proof baking dish. Generously grind salt and pepper and then sprinkle the paprika over the chicken. Spoon a bit of melted butter over each piece of chicken, then follow with the lemon juice. Liberally sprinkle the thyme over the chicken. Roast in a 425 degree (F) oven for 35 minutes. During this time, spoon more melted butter and lemon juice over the chicken twice. Serve immediately with rice or pasta and vegetables. Enjoy!