Extra Crispy Lemon & Thyme Chicken

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Credit for this recipe goes to Nom Nom Paleo and their world's famous Cracklin' Chicken! When I discovered this recipe a while ago, I thought it was one of the best ways to cook poultry. It's a convenient method because it's quick and you won't need to use an oven - instead, you'll just need a large pan. Chicken cooked this way is crispy on the outside, soft and juice inside. It's delicious and suitable for low-carb, keto and paleo diets. To give it a flavour boost, I marinated my chicken in garlic, lemon and thyme.


Nutritional values (per serving, 2 thighs)

1 grams 0.1 grams 28.2 grams 61.3 grams 18.9 grams 677 calories
Total Carbs1.1grams
Net Carbs1grams
of which Saturated18.9grams
Energy (calories)677kcal
Magnesium34(9% RDA)
Potassium357(18% EMR)

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (1%), protein (17%), fat (82%)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

Nutrition facts are estimated: Olive oil is only used for marinating. Most of the fats remain in the pan, so I only counted 50% of the ghee.


  1. Start by preparing the chicken thighs. Use a sharp knife or kitchen shears and cut out the bone without leaving too much meat on it. You can also trim the excess fat off but I prefer not to trim mine :-)
    Reserve the bones for making chicken stock or keto bone broth. I keep mine in a bag in the freezer until I just have enough to make a batch.
  2. Place the thighs on a chopping board skin side up and use a meat pounder to flatten it so that the thickest parts can cook through. Layer the thighs in a bowl and add the seasoning: lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, thyme, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Mix to cover evenly from all sides. Place in the fridge to marinate for at least an hour or overnight.
  3. Remove from the fridge and place the thighs on a paper towel to remove excess moisture. Use another piece of paper towel to pat dry the tops. It's better if you remove all the spices used for marinating from the skin to prevent the it from burning. You can leave them on the meaty side of the thigh.
  4. Heat a large skillet greased with ghee over a medium-high heat. Place the chicken thighs skin side down in the skillet in a single layer. Cook undisturbed for 7-10 minutes (I cook mine for 8 minutes). Rotate the pan half way through to ensure even cooking. Then turn the chicken thighs the other side using kitchen tongs or a fork. Cook for another 2-3 minutes or until cooked through.
    Pan-frying the chicken will be messy. The best way to prevent the oil from getting everywhere over your stove is to use a spatter guard.
  5. Transfer to a cooling rack placed over a baking sheet so the juices can drip down. Let the thighs rest for a few minutes before serving.
  6. Repeat for the remaining thighs and enjoy!

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By Martina Slajerova
Creator of KetoDietApp.com

I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (5)

I make these all the time, they're so good! The fried lemony thyme combo is to die for! Thanks for the recipe!!!


Made this over the weekend - so delish!  Even the kids loved it!


Thank you! 😊


My mother & I are cooking this to serve as Lunch. Mmmmm... I'm lovin' Ketogenic diet. :')


Simple recipes are always best 😊 Thank you!


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