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Chicken In Lemon Chive Sauce

The chicken combines so well with the tangy lemon sauce, it’ll be a recipe that you’ll come back to again and again.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, chicken thighs
Servings: 4
Calories: 556kcal


  • 2 tbs butter
  • 8 each bone-in chicken thighs skin removed
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large onion roughly chopped
  • 1 tbs flour
  • 10 oz hot chicken stock
  • 2 lemons, zest and juice
  • 4 tbsp full-fat sour cream OR creme fraiche
  • 3 tbsp snipped fresh chives


  • Melt the butter in a large frying pan over a high heat, add the thighs and brown all over until golden. Season with salt and pepper and then remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • Add the onion to the pan and fry for 3 minutes. Sprinkle in the flour, add the hot stock and bring to the boil, stirring all the time.
  • Add the rind and juice of the lemons, and return the thighs to the pan. Season again and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer over a low heat for about 35-45 minutes, or until the thighs are tender.
  • Stir in the sour cream and nearly all the chives.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 556kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 214mg | Sodium: 340mg | Potassium: 221mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 32.7mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 0.6mg