Crispy Lemon Chicken Thighs

i think i just became an adult.

this is what happens when you grow up and live alone: you call your dad to humblebrag that you fixed your freezer. and then you casually let it slide that you unclogged your drain. #missindependentmissselfsufficient

i know these things to be true because i just did them. and the worst thing is that i keep going over to the freezer that i just fixed to make sure it’s not broken again. because that would actually be crushing right now. i know you wanna hear the story about how i fixed my freezer soooo……


this is a really dumb freezer. it is narrow and just has three drawers. one day it decided to stop defrosting the right way so ice was building up so the drawers wouldn’t open/close and then the freezer wouldn’t shut properly. so i did the genius thing of maybe pouring a little water to melt down the ice so i could shove the drawers in but a funny thing happens when you put water in a freezer, it turns into ice. apparently. i think they told us that in chemistry but i stopped listening in that class after i poured hydrochloric acid on my favorite pants and was forced to strip in the hallway before it ate away at my skin.

i called to have someone come look at said broken freezer and they said it was going to be $150. my landlord would be paying for it, and totally not care, but the indiana in me just thought that was stupid. so i packed all my freezer food into a cooler and boiled water in pots and put those in there to accelerate the process and then dried it out with a fan. boomshakala. better than eva.


if you are still reading this, i love you with my whole heart because you just spent 2 minutes of your life reading about me fixing a freezer. god bless ya, every one. i kind of feel like my landlord owes me $150 now, right? only fair?

also, i just bought a coffee table. a fancy one. if that doesn’t secure my spot in adulthood, forgetaboutit.


in other news, do you like my new pan? that’s the other thing about becoming a grown up – i now get excited about coffee tables and plattters. i have been drooling over le creuset for as long as i can remember butttttttt it’s the indiana in me. so i found this cuisinart one on sale and snatched it up. i ran home about as fast as a guy does when he gets to the hotel on prom night and fired this baby up. i was going to show it a good time.

and chicken thighs are ohmagosh. look at that crispy skin! ugh. and the lemon leaves this delicious flavor on the skin that just adds a pep to the step.

in full disclosure, i wish i had added some fresh herbs. thyme would’ve been amazing, even something like fennel. but you don’t need it. throw anything at these puppies and you’ll be happy.

Crispy Lemon Chicken Thighs
  • 4 to 6 chicken thighs, bone-in
  • Olive oil
  • kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 lemon, sliced thin
  • fresh herbs (thyme or oregano) – optional
  1. preheat your oven to 400
  2. drizzle the chicken thighs with olive oil and season them with salt and pepper
  3. head your skillet over medium heat on the stove. place thighs in pan, skin side down. let them cook until the skin is nice and crispy – about 15 to 17 minutes
  4. when it’s nice and crisp, remove the chicken thighs from skillet. discard remaining grease/fat.
  5. put the thighs back in skillet and add herbs and lemon slicers.
  6. pop into oven for another 15 to 17 minutes, until cooked through.




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