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A platter of roasted chicken thighs with lemons and dates
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4.46 from 11 votes

Chicken with Dates

Roasted chicken with dates and lemons is a no-fuss recipe that's slightly sweet and tangy. Made with naturally sweet dates and caramelized lemons it's a great dish for a weeknight meal or for entertaining.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, dates, lemon
Servings: 8
Calories: 209kcal


  • 6-8 chicken thighs with bone and skin
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • 1 lemon cut into slices
  • 2 shallots halved lengthwise
  • 6 medjol dates pitted
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon urfa chili or 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • flaky sea salt


  • Preheat oven to 425º.
  • Heat about 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium high heat. Salt and pepper chicken and place skin side down in Dutch oven. Cook without moving for about 5 minutes until the skin is brown. Add lemon slices, and shallot, moving the chicken so that they come in contact with the bottom of the pot. Let it cook for about 2 minutes.
  • Add dates, thyme and water. Sprinkle the top of the chicken with Urfa chili or red pepper flakes and place the lid on the Dutch oven. Cook for about 20 minutes until almost cooked through.
  • Remove the lid and drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil over the chicken. Continue to cook uncovered until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. Let it rest in the pan for 10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt.


Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 248mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 84IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg