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Mediterranean Garlic Rosemary Boneless Chicken Thighs

(Easy 30 Min Recipe, Prepared and Baked in One-pan)

Written By: Byron | August 30, 2023
A pan of Mediterranean garlic rosemary chicken thighs.

Flavor-packed perfection is ready and waiting with this Mediterranean Garlic Rosemary Boneless Chicken Thighs recipe. This easy recipe delivers succulent chicken infused with aromatic garlic and rosemary, seared to golden-brown perfection, and cooked in under 30 minutes. A quick, easy, and healthy meal for busy weeknight dinners that transports your tastebuds straight to the Mediterranean. 

Easy no-fuss recipe that’s ready in 30 minutes or less. The quantities we used serves 2 as a main or double the recipe as needed, etc. Pair it with some healthy greens, some Mediterranean Yellow Rice, or some roast veg. 

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Serving:

Mains for 2

Ready in:

30 Minutes

Skill level:

Easy

Serve with:

Rice, veg, or mash potatoes

How To Make Garlic Rosemary Boneless Chicken Thighs

  • Prep time: 3 minutes
  • Cook time: 22-28 mins
  • Total time: Around 30 minutes

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 17oz (500g) boneless chicken pieces (thighs or breast meat both work fine)
  • 4-8 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 1 medium-sized onion
  • 4 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 rosemary sprigs (or around 2 tablespoons of dried rosemary)
  • Pink Himalayan Salt and pepper for seasoning (to taste)

Equipment needed

  • 1 deep sided baking tray or oven-safe dish
  • Sharp knife and cutting board

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F/200°C
  2. Loosely chop the garlic and slice the onion. Add them to the pan.
  3. Trim off any fat from the chicken pieces and add to the pan. 
  4. Season chicken with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. 
  5. Drizzle pan ingredients with olive oil and sprinkle the leaves of two small sprigs of rosemary. 
  6. Mix all ingredients by hand. 
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes on the middle shelf, then on the top shelf for the last 2-3 minutes for a crispy top. 

 

Cooking note: If you want to know if your chicken pieces are properly cooked, they will have reached 165°F/74°C internally.

If using skin-on chicken thighs, you can lightly brown them in a pan with some oil for 5 minutes before roasting to give them a tasty crispy skin.

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About This Easy Chicken Recipe With Garlic and Rosemary

This recipe is great for when you’re short on time and want something that’s quick and easy to prepare. With just 8 ingredients (most of which are pantry staples) you’ve got a tasty meal that takes around 2 minutes worth of prep and then around 25 minutes in the oven and you’re done. A garlicky rosemary-infused chicken dinner is ready. 

What chicken pieces to use?

We opted for boneless chicken pieces as they tend to cook a little faster. Boneless chicken thighs or chicken breasts work great. Some chicken breasts can be very thick so it may be worth cutting them into smaller pieces so they will cook faster. Smaller chicken pieces will also absorb more of the flavor which is a must for this delicious recipe! 

If you’re planning to use bone-in chicken pieces, be sure to cook them a little longer so they cook through (the internal temperature of the chicken reaches at least 165°F/74°C)

Is This Recipe Healthy?

Yes, this recipe is all about a few fresh nutrient-rich ingredients. Pair it with a salad, whole grains, and other nutrient-rich sides for a well-rounded meal.

Here are some other factors to consider:

Lean Protein: 

Chicken thighs are a good source of lean protein, which is essential for muscle growth and repair. Opting for boneless and skinless chicken thighs reduces the overall fat content.

Herbs and Spices: 

Garlic and rosemary are not only flavorful but also offer health benefits. Garlic has been linked to immune system support and heart health, while rosemary contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

Cooking Method: 

Baking helps to keep this dish healthier. 

Olive oil: 

We always recommend using good quality extra virgin olive oil when cooking. EVOO is a healthy choice compared to other oils and fats. Check this guide on Olive Oil Nutrition Facts.

For more specific nutritional information, check the “Nutrition Facts” section below.

A pan of Mediterranean garlic rosemary chicken thighs.

Serving suggestions

For a balanced meal, serve this tasty chicken recipe with your favorite leafy greens, veg, and some streamed rice. Alternatively, if you are looking to keep the Mediterranean vibe, our Mediterranean yellow rice is ideal with this chicken recipe. 

Here are a few recipe suggestions to go with garlic and rosemary chicken pieces:

FAQs and Cooking Tips

Can I use bone-in chicken thighs instead of boneless? 

Absolutely! While the cooking time might be slightly longer, bone-in thighs work well with this recipe. Adjust cooking time accordingly.

What’s the best way to ensure the chicken stays moist? 

To keep the chicken thighs moist, avoid overcooking them. Use a meat thermometer to check for an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) in the thickest part of the meat.

Can I marinate the chicken beforehand? 

Sure, marinating the chicken with garlic and rosemary-infused marinade for a couple of hours can enhance the flavor even more. We suggest using some fresh lemon juice, olive oil, and white wine vinegar as a marinade base.

Is it necessary to use fresh rosemary, or can dried rosemary be substituted? 

Fresh rosemary adds a more intense flavor, but dried rosemary can be used in a pinch. Reduce the quantity as dried herbs are more potent.

What sides pair best with garlic rosemary chicken thighs? 

These thighs complement a variety of sides, such as roasted vegetables, rice, mashed potatoes, or a crisp salad.

Can I use this recipe for grilling? 

Certainly! Grill the chicken thighs over medium-high heat, following similar seasoning and timing instructions.

What’s the best way to store leftovers? 

Store leftover chicken thighs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days (or use by the expiry date on the packet, if it’s sooner). Reheat gently to avoid drying out the meat.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 250g
Servings: 2
Amount per serving  
Calories 430
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23.5g 30%
Saturated Fat 4.2g 21%
Cholesterol 190mg 63%
Sodium 248mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 11.2g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2.5g 9%
Total Sugars 2.6g  
Protein 45.6g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 106mg 8%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 160mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

A pan of Mediterranean garlic rosemary chicken thighs.

Mediterranean Garlic Rosemary Boneless Chicken Thighs (30 Min Recipe)

Byron
Flavor-packed perfection is ready and waiting with this Mediterranean Garlic Rosemary Boneless Chicken Thighs. This easy recipe delivers succulent chicken infused with aromatic garlic and rosemary, seared to golden-brown perfection and cooked in under 30 minutes. A quick, easy, and healthy meal for busy weeknight dinners that transports your tastebuds straight to the Mediterranean.
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Course Main Course, main meal, meat
Cuisine Authentic Spanish recipe, Mediterranean, Spain
Servings 2 people
Calories 430 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 deep sided baking tray or oven-safe dish
  • Sharp knife and cutting board

Ingredients

  • 17 oz 500g boneless chicken pieces (thighs or breast meat both work fine)
  • 4-8 cloves of garlic sliced
  • 1 medium-sized onion
  • 4 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 rosemary sprigs or around 2 tablespoons of dried rosemary
  • Pink Himalayan Salt and pepper for seasoning to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F/200°C
    An oven dial turned up to 180C
  • Loosely chop the garlic and slice the onion. Add them to the pan.
    4-8 cloves of garlic, 1 medium-sized onion
    Chopped garlic and onion in a small baking pan.
  • Trim off any fat from the chicken pieces and add to the pan.
    17 oz 500g boneless chicken pieces (thighs or breast meat both work fine)
    Some boneless chicken pieces are added to a baking pan with some garlic and onion.
  • Season chicken with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Drizzle pan ingredients with olive oil and sprinkle the leaves of two small sprigs of rosemary.
    ½ teaspoon garlic powder, 4 rosemary sprigs, Pink Himalayan Salt and pepper for seasoning, 4 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
    some oil and spices cover pieces of chicken in a pan.
  • Mix all ingredients by hand. Bake for 20-25 minutes on the middle shelf, then on the top shelf for the last 2-3 minutes for a crispy top.
    A pan of Mediterranean garlic rosemary chicken thighs.

Video

Notes

Cooking notes:
If you want to know if your chicken pieces are properly cooked, they will have reached 165°F/74°C internally.
If using skin-on chicken thighs, you can lightly brown them in a pan with some oil for 5 minutes before roasting to give them a tasty crispy skin.

Nutrition

Serving: 250gCalories: 430kcalCarbohydrates: 11.2gProtein: 45.6gFat: 23.5gSaturated Fat: 4.2gCholesterol: 190mgSodium: 248mgPotassium: 160mgFiber: 2.5gSugar: 2.6gCalcium: 106mgIron: 3mg
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