I’ve made these Lemon Pepper Chicken Thighs three times this last week. They are amazing! In the past when I have made chicken thighs either on the barbecue or in the oven, they don’t get as tender as I want them before they start browning. So I created this slow cooker lemon pepper chicken thigh recipe.
I start with making a homemade sauce, the sauce is similar to a homemade salad dressing. I do the mixing of the sauce right in the bottom of my slow cooker. Then I place the chicken thighs into the sauce and swished them around to coat them in sauce. Cook for 4 hours on HIGH in the slow cooker and then placed on a cookie sheet and placed under the broiler in the oven for about 10 minutes or until browned. Perfectly tender and crispy! And the sauce is perfectly tangy to boot.
- ⅓ cup lemon juice (about 1 very large lemon)
- 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ½ tsp. dried oregano
- ½ tsp. sea salt
- ¼ tsp. pepper
- 2.5 lbs. chicken thighs (bone-in, skin left on)- just enough thighs to cover the bottom of the slow cooker.
- some lemon slices added on top of chicken if desired (not necessary)
- Add the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper to a 5-quart or larger slow cooker and stir. Add the chicken thighs into the sauce one at a time skin down and swish around in the sauce, then flip the thigh skin up, do this with all the thighs. (There will be just enough sauce to coat the chicken)
- Add some lemon slices if desired on top of the chicken.
- Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours.
- After cooking time is done, preheat the oven to broil (500 degrees).
- Cover a baking sheet with foil. Using tongs remove the chicken thighs from the slow cooker onto the baking sheet.
- Place the chicken into the oven on top rack (My top rack was 3 levels down). Broil the chicken thighs for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
- If you want to use the sauce from the slow cooker (it's fantastic!) Blot the sauce with a paper towel to remove the grease.
- Remove from oven. Serve with desired sides.