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Simple Baked Chicken Thighs

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
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 389kcal
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.
  • 3 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.**
  • Preheat 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.


*You can also use the same amount of oregano. Tried them both and it was delicious.
** I usually do not have enough time so  I marinate the chicken for only 10-15 minutes until my oven was ready and I got out all the ingredients for the wraps. You can also freeze in a zip lock 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.
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Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.4g | Protein: 38.6g | Fat: 24.9g | Saturated Fat: 5.9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13.2g | Cholesterol: 216mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Vitamin A: 2.2IU | Calcium: 0.2mg | Iron: 0.9mg