Healthy Lemon Thyme Chicken


Posted: January 6

Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

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If you've ever made a New Year's resolution to eat healthier, you know how hard it can be! Healthy foods often seem bland and boring when compared to fried foods. Healthy Lemon Thyme Chicken aims to prove that healthy meals can be just as delicious as more fatty fare: juicy chicken nestled in between crunchy yet tender green beans and fragrant artichoke hearts makes for a delectable dinner that won't break your diet! Infused with the sweet, peppery, and minty flavor of thyme, Healthy Lemon Thyme Chicken proves that you don't have to choose between feeling good and good-tasting food!


Ingredients

• 1 pound green beans, trimmed • 12 sprigs thyme, divided • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, plus more to taste • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated and divided • 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, halved and patted very dry • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts, boneless and skinless • 1 lemon, halved

Directions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Step 2

Toss the green beans, 6 sprigs of thyme, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese together on a rimmed baking sheet.

Step 3

Add the artichoke hearts to the baking sheet, nestling them in between the thyme and green beans.

Step 4

Roast the vegetables on the bottom rack of the oven until golden-brown and tender, about 10-12 minutes.

Step 5

While the vegetables are roasting, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat on the stove-top.

Step 6

Season the chicken with salt and pepper.

Step 7

Add the chicken to the skillet and sauté until golden-brown on the bottom, about 3-4 minutes.

Step 8

Flip the chicken and cook for 2 additional minutes.

Step 9

Add the lemon, cut side down, and the remaining 6 sprigs of thyme to the skillet.

Step 10

Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast until the chicken is cooked through, reading 165 degrees F at its thickest point when inserted with a thermometer, about 9-10 minutes.

Step 11

Remove the vegetables and chicken from the oven.

Step 12

Toss the remaining parmesan cheese with the green beans and artichokes.

Step 13

Plate the chicken and vegetables and serve!


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