Cook chicken thighs with creamy lemon sauce in under an hour!

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Looking for a unique, restaurant-quality dish to make for friends or family tonight? This chicken with creamy lemon sauce will make an outstanding impression. Whole chicken thighs are left bone-in for more flavor, while the light, citrus-infused sauce ties together the tender meat and crispy chicken skin. This recipe also fits the bill for a romantic date night at home.
To make it even more appealing, the recipe can be prepared in less than an hour. Save some extra time by using boneless chicken thighs, which will cook even faster. The delicate lemon cream sauce balances out with white wine and Parmesan cheese for an extra umami flavor that people will love. The key to this recipe is to make sure frying leaves the chicken skin crispy. If that is correct, everything else will fall into place.
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Chicken Thighs with Creamy Lemon Sauce
15 minutes
50 minutes
65 minutes
6 chicken thighs, bone-in and skin on
2 tablespoons butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white cooking wine
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken stock
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Juice of 1 lemon
2 teaspoons ground paprika
4 sprigs fresh thyme
Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
Parsley, chopped, or lemon zest (optional)
Preheat the oven to 400 F.
Liberally season both sides of the chicken with salt, pepper and paprika.
Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
When the butter is melted, add the chicken to the skillet, skin-side down.
Cook until the skin is golden and crispy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Cook the chicken only on one side. This process may be done in batches. Retain the grease, and place the chicken thighs in a large baking dish.
Add the garlic and thyme to the skillet, and allow to cook until the garlic becomes fragrant and slightly browned, about 1 to 2 minutes.
Whisk in the flour to the skillet until the mixture becomes a roux, or a thick paste.
Add the wine, chicken stock, lemon juice and heavy cream, and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally to break up the roux.
Reduce the heat to medium. Do not let the sauce boil, as the cream may cause the sauce to break. Simmer about 5 minutes.
Add the grated Parmesan, and stir until melted. Carefully pour the finished sauce over the chicken in the baking dish.
Place the baking dish, uncovered, in the oven, until the chicken is fully cooked, about 30 minutes.
Remove the dish from the oven, and serve the chicken hot on individual plates, garnished with fresh chopped parsley or fresh-grated lemon zest.
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