Close up of crispy chicken thigh with lemon pepper seasoning plated with broccoli.

Lemon Pepper Chicken Thighs

  • Author: Madison | A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Pan seared lemon pepper chicken thighs are made in a skillet and make an easy weeknight dinner in under 30 minutes! Serve it with your favorite roasted veggies and you’ll have a meal your whole family will love!


Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning

  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest

Lemon Pepper Chicken Thighs

  • 4 bone in, skin on chicken thighs (about 1.5 pounds)
  • Homemade lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Trim any excess skin off of chicken thighs and pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. Mix together your homemade lemon pepper seasoning.
  3. Generously cover both sides of the chicken thighs with the lemon pepper seasoning.
  4. In a skillet, add olive oil to bottom of pan and heat until hot, but not smoking.
  5. Place the skin side of the chicken thigh down first. Sear that side for 3 minutes.
  6. Once you flip the chicken to the side without the skin on it, cover your skillet.
  7. Continue cooking chicken, covered, for about 10 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature by sticking the probe of the thermometer into the meat, close to the bone. When the thermometer reads 165, your chicken is cooked.