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Garlic Lemon Chicken with Green Beans and Potatoes

Garlic Lemon Chicken with Green Beans and Potatoes

We all need that back pocket chicken dinner. The one you pull out mid week for something simple, but it’s also just good enough for company.  This Garlic Lemon Chicken with Green Beans and Potatoes is the answer.  Instead of chicken breasts which can dry out, we use chicken thighs,  fresh green beans and small red potatoes. It’s not only impressive, but it’s also affordable!  This is a great meal to make at the end of summer when the farm market is brimming with fresh green beans!

Garlic Lemon Chicken with Green Beans and Potatoes Tips

​You can certainly use fresh herbs, but dried works fine and I always have dried oregano and dried basil in my spice cabinet.  If you don’t have these 2 herbs, you can replace them with your favorite dried Italian seasoning. Just make sure it includes some oregano and basil.  

This recipe isn’t full of ingredients so the method really matters. We want brown and crispy carmelized chicken, potatoes and green beans.  It’s easy with one pan or sheet pan meals to end up with something that looks poached rather than an appetizing meal. I love sheet pan dinners, but how many vegetables and meats cook at exactly the same rate?  How easy is it really to get a single layer with enough space between the items to produce a yummy result.   

All of these things matter in cooking because texture and flavor is developed in the method.  This is why instead of sheet pan, I have you use a pan you can transfer to the oven.  If you don’t have a pan that can do that safely, you can transfer the chicken to a large baking dish.   Use a stainless steel pan, cast-iron skillet, or a non stick skillet with a metal handle that is oven safe. 

The 10 minutes that I have you sear the chicken skin down is important. The cooking time for this was calculated based on how long the chicken took to render all the fat out of the skin and become crispy.

Don’t skip this part.  It’s very important!  You will bring the chicken up to a safe internal temperature in the oven of 165 degrees. 

Substitutions for this Recipe

You can use russet potatoes, but I really like to stick with red skinned. Red Skinned hold up to high heat cooking better. Save the russets for your favorite mashed potatoes recipe. Gold potatoes would be a fine substitution.   If you just have to use chicken breasts go with some that are bone in and skin on.  The longer cook time and the flavors depend on having skin on chicken. 

Broccoli florets or Brussels Sprouts are a fine sub for the green beans!  Just don’t try to use canned green beans or frozen green beans.  The result won’t be good.  We need fresh vegetables here. 

It seems like a lot garlic, but trust me on this. You want the flavor and potatoes and bone in chicken can take in a lot of salt (use kosher salt always for cooking) and flavor.  You won’t regret it.  For the lemon juice, please use fresh lemon.  You can use the leftover and cut it into lemon slices to garnish your dish.  That bottled stuff is not the same. 


I know the people you may have seen people on tiktok- make recipes like this look like dump and go, but trust the ingredients and the process and you will have a much better and more professional result! It’s a one-pot meal with an extra step of searing the chicken and it makes all the difference! 

Remember if you can’t transfer your pan to the oven then a casserole will work fine.  This dish is easy clean up either way. This is an easy recipe using easily accessible ingredients. With just a few minutes of prep you will have a gorgeous meal on the table.

What to Serve with Garlic Lemon Chicken with Green Beans and Potatoes

Dinner rolls are fabulous with this or I love a crusty baguette.  That olive oil mixture  in the bottom of the pan is fabulous when you soak it up with a little bread. This meal covers protein, carbs and veggies, but you could also serve a nice salad.  

It’s truly a complete meal and it’s sure to end up a regular in your dinner rotation. 

Until next time friends!  If this is your first time visiting Fresh Fit Kitchen- Welcome!  I hope you pull up a chair and stay a while as you browse recipes I know your whole family will love. 



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Garlic Lemon Chicken with Green Beans and Potatoes

Garlic Lemon Chicken with Green Beans and Potatoes is an easy weeknight dinner or one that is perfect for entertaining.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 People
Calories 274 kcal


  • 4 Chicken Thighs
  • 1 Pound Red Baby Potatoes
  • 12 ounces Green Beans

Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • juice of one lemon
  • 2 tbsp. garlic
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp. Stone Ground or Dijon mustard


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Wash and cut potatoes and green beans - set aside in a bowl.
    12 ounces Green Beans, 1 Pound Red Baby Potatoes
  • Mix together dressing ingredients and set aside .
    1/3 cup olive oil, juice of one lemon, 2 tbsp. garlic, 1 tbsp dried oregano, 1 tbsp dried basil, 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1 tsp. Stone Ground or Dijon mustard
  • Dry off chicken thighs and coat evenly with salt and pepper.
    4 Chicken Thighs
  • Heat a Large pan (that you can transfer to the oven) over medium high heat and add in 2 tbsp. of olive oil.
  • When the oil is shimmering and hot place the chicken in the pan skin side down. Let it there for 10 minutes . This is how you will form a good crust on your chicken.
  • Meanwhile - toss the potatoes and green beans with half of the dressing and a teaspoon of salt .
  • When the chicken thighs are crispy on the skin side move them off to a plate and add in the potatoes and green beans .
  • Nestle the chicken in the pan with the green beans and potatoes and drizzle the rest of the garlic dressing over top.
  • Transfer to the oven to finish cooking for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is crispy and 165 degrees Fahrenheit and potatoes and green beans are tender .
  • Serve with fresh parsley and a dash of flaked sea salt to really bring out the flavor !


Calories: 274kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 24gFat: 15g
Keyword chicken, Chicken thighs
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