Balsamic Lemon Chicken - an easy and ultra flavorful chicken dish, with sweet, tart, crispy lemon sugar skin, and buttery pan juices engulfing every nook and cranny!
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Balsamic Lemon Chicken

Balsamic Lemon Chicken is easy and ultra flavorful, with sweet, tart, crispy lemon sugar skin, and buttery pan juices engulfing every nook and cranny!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Marinating20 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: balsamic lemon chicken, lemon chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 215kcal


  • 8 pieces chicken (legs and thighs, skin on, bone-in)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 lemons , zested, 1 juiced, and the other cut into wedges
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter , divided
  • roasted green vegetable , for serving


  • Prick the chicken pieces all over with a fork and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the balsamic vinegar with half of the lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Add the chicken and turn to coat. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.
  • Mix the sugar with the remaining lemon zest in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Heat the oil in a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat until very hot, about 2 minutes. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter, and place chicken skin-side-down in the pan along with the remaining marinade. Cook until the chicken is browned on one side, 3 to 4 minutes, and then flip each piece over and cook 1 minute more.
  • Sprinkle the lemon sugar over the chicken and transfer skillet to oven. Roast until chicken is completely cooked through and a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads 165 F, about 25 minutes.
  • Remove chicken from oven - careful! handle will be hot! - Cut remaining 2 tablespoons of butter into small pieces and scatter around chicken. Pour lemon juice over everything. Once butter is melted, serve with pan sauce drizzled over the chicken and lemon wedges on the side.


Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 1169mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg