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Easy Baked Garlic Chicken

Freezer friendly, garlic cardamoms flavored chicken. An easy , healthy and quick weeknight dinner.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Servings: 9 people
Calories: 242.8kcal
Author: Amira


For the chicken:

  • 3 large garlic cloves minced.
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika.
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper.
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom. *
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste.
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice.
  • 2 Tablespoon oil.
  • 3 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs.

For serving, any or all of the following:

  • Flat bread Lebanese bread or tortillas, warmed
  • Hummus.
  • Finely sliced iceberg lettuce.
  • Avocado diced.
  • Pickled jalapeno.
  • Chilli sauce.


  • In a bowl combine all ingredients , except for the chicken, well together.
  • Clean chicken thighs, trim the fat and make slits diagonally or in perpendicular and crossed lines, like the pictures shown above.
  • Mix chicken with marinade, cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours.**
  • Pre heat oven to 350F.
  • Put chicken in a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 50-60 minutes until chicken is done and all the liquids evaporate.
  • Remove from oven, slice and serve in a sandwich or a plate.

Serve in a sandwiches:

  • Spread a dollop of hummus on one of the bread, top with shredded lettuce, chicken slices, avocado cubes and pickles. Roll up tightly and wrap in a foil.
  • Serve on a plate:
  • In a plate, place chicken slices alongside hummus, lettuce, avocado, bread or rice.
  • Enjoy!


*You can also use the same amount of oregano. Tried them both and it was delicious.
** I usually do not have enough time so many time I marinate the chicken for only 10 minutes until my oven was ready and I got out all the ingredients for the wraps. You can also freeze in a ziplock bag until ready to cook, thaw and continue the rest of the steps as usual.
*** Calories are calculated for the chicken only not including tortillas, hummus, lettuce for the wrap or pasta and rice for the plate.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Baked Garlic Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 242.8 Calories from Fat 148
% Daily Value*
Fat 16.4g25%
Cholesterol 120mg40%
Sodium 488mg21%
Potassium 9.5mg0%
Carbohydrates 0.8g0%
Fiber 0.3g1%
Protein 25.5g51%
Vitamin A 60IU1%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 1mg0%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 242.8kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.8g | Protein: 25.5g | Fat: 16.4g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 488mg | Potassium: 9.5mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.1mg