Chicken Thighs with Lemons Olives and Capers

Chicken with Lemons Olives Capers

Chicken Thighs with Capers, Lemons, and Olives is a main course dish that is easy to prepare in a single pan. This low-carb recipe is good enough for a special dinner but easy enough for a week-night meal! 

Chicken with Lemons Olives Capers

This Chicken with Lemons Olives Capers gets its taste from the briny olives and capers. The charred lemon slices add a bright, smoky flavor that’s really hard to beat. While the chicken thighs might be the center of this one-pan meal, the olives and capers are a great compliment to the dish overall.

Not to be outdone, the lemons create a perfectly fragrant base of caramelized bits to fry the chicken in.  And, it’s ready in just about half an hour. This Chicken with Lemons Olives Capers is a wonderful dish.

I use pitted olives because it is so much easier to not have to pit them.  And don’t forget to cut your chicken thighs in half!

Chicken Thighs with Lemons Olives and Capers
Chicken with Lemons Olives Capers
Chicken Thighs with Lemons Olives and Capers

Chicken Thighs with Capers, Lemons, and Olives

Chicken Thighs with Capers, Lemons, and Olives is a main course dish that is easy to prepare in a single pan.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Chicken Thighs
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 261kcal


  • 2 lemons sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil plus 1 tbsp
  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken thighs each cut in half
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup olives
  • 1/4 cup capers
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat
  • Add 1 tbsp of olive oil.
  • Add lemon slices and sear until browned, 3-5 min on each side.
  • Transfer lemons to a plate.
  • Season the thighs with salt & pepper
  • Add 1 tbsp of olive oil to the hot pan
  • Sear the chicken thighs until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes each side.
  • Add the rest of the olive oil to the pan and the minced garlic, and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant, stirring so the garlic doesn’t burn
  • Add the green olives, capers and chicken broth.
  • Add the reserved chicken and any juices, plus the reserved lemons and their juices
  • Cook over high heat until the broth is reduced by half, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the butter and parsley and cook for another minute.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Transfer to plates and spoon the olives, capers, lemons on top.
  • Serve with a green salad on the side.



Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.7g | Protein: 24.3g | Fat: 13.1g | Saturated Fat: 3.8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4.2g | Cholesterol: 64.9mg | Sodium: 685mg | Potassium: 186.7mg | Fiber: 1.2g | Sugar: 2.4g | Vitamin A: 1104IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 16.5mg | Iron: 10mg
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14 thoughts on “Chicken with Lemons Olives Capers”

  1. This is one of my go-to recipes. I throw in mushrooms if I’ve got ’em and I just made this here in Berlin the day before yesterday. Love it.

  2. I can’t keep track of your travels. Glad you make something like this, makes me feel that it actually is something someone other than me would eat

  3. I love these ingredients! I only recently made a schnitzel recipe that recommended grilled lemon slices, and they were so good together! Thanks for reminding me again to do this!

  4. 5 stars
    A lovely tasty easy dinner recipe there Charles and I bet it tastes delicious. Thanks for publishing!

  5. I make a recipe similar to this, Charlie the capers give it a nice pop it is a family favourite with us 😊

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