Lemon Lavender Chicken

Lemon Lavender Chicken

Lemon Lavender Chicken

Somebody just has to invent a smell application for computers! You know the one where, with the stroke of a key you can smell exactly what your blogger friend has just whipped up in her kitchen!?Because if this did exist, reading this recipe you wouldn’t be able to stop hitting that key! Honestly folks, this is the most intoxicatingly fragrant recipe that has come out of my kitchen in years. Whenever I make it I don’t want that fragrance to stop.  I would bottle it if I could;  it’s that addictive!

I had never thought of putting lavender in a chicken recipe, but this one is paired with lemon and fresh thyme to boot, and it is over-the-top sumptuous. I can credit Rachel Khoo for this one. If you haven’t perused her gorgeous cookbook, “My Little Paris Kitchen”, you really must. I have recently purchased it and I can’t wait to try more of her exquisite recipes.

I served this up with some oven-roasted fingerling potatoes and some lightly steamed, fresh green beans. My husband and I oohhed and awed over this meal for days afterward and I am certain you will too!  That’s why I am bringing a gigantic platter of this divine concoction over to Fiesta Friday, hosted by our hostess par excellence, Angie, of The Novice Gardener. Can you believe that she has been hosting us for 32 Fridays now? Angie, you are just so awesome, and I can’t believe your stamina!

One note: I was worried about finding “culinary” lavender. I assume that it is just free of any pesticides and has been cleaned somehow. I was so happy to find it at my local supermarket, in with all of the regular spices.

What is that amazing fragrance wafting through my kitchen?

What is that amazing fragrance wafting through my kitchen?

Lemon Lavender Chicken

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

1 tablespoon dried culinary lavender, crushed

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon dried thyme or 2 teaspoons fresh (I recommend the fresh)

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons honey (see if you can find lavender honey)

juice and zest of one lemon


Pre-heat the oven to 400°F. Sprinkle the chicken thighs with salt and pepper and place in a baking dish.

Combine the rest of the ingredients in a bowl. Mix together and pour over the chicken. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes.

Serve with some oven roasted baby potatoes, scalloped potatoes or mashed and a green salad. Pass some rustic, crusty bread to mop up the sauce – you really won’t want to waste it! Do trust me on that one!

This is addictive! Trust me!

This is addictive! Trust me!

72 Responses to “Lemon Lavender Chicken”

  1. Hilda

    I too never thought of lavender with chicken, but I trust you on this one. I have a huge patch of lavender in its second year now, and just not enough ideas of how to use it, especially since I don’t do a lot of baking. This will be so fun to try. Thanks for bringing it to the party.

    • chefjulianna

      Lucky you to have so much lavender, Hilda! I think you will really enjoy this recipe! Thanks so much for being our co-host today! You rock, Hilda! 😀

      • Hilda

        Thanks. I am lucky because after our last winter, wasn’t sure if it would survive. I want to make good use of it, and your chicken dish is so different. Can’t wait to give it a try

  2. Ema Jones

    I can feel the aroma of Lemon Lavender Chicken.
    I’m adding some garlic salt instead of garlic cloves, hope it’s fine, as I don’t wanna use garlic here directly…

  3. trixpin

    What a great idea! Smell-emitting computers? I’d LOVE that, and especially for a post like yours. I’m intrigued by the combination and so glad to hear it was a success 🙂

  4. dimshum

    looks delicious! never thought of combining lavender with chicken but the results look amazing! x

  5. Jess

    Never heard of putting lavender with chicken, but I trust your judgement 😉 Thanks for bringing it to this weeks Fiesta Friday!

  6. Elaine @ foodbod

    We definitely need a smell app, that would be so cool! We could all share the aromas in our kitchens 🙂 what an unusual recipe, sounds really interesting! X

  7. Lily

    You’re right, I would love to be able to smell all the yummy food I look at online and your dish looks amazingly delicious. I have never cooked with lavender before, but it’s one of my favorite scents, so I can only imagine how good it would be paired with lemon, thanks for sharing:)

  8. Ngan R.

    Lavender with chicken?! So interesting! I would love to have a smell app for food–sometimes, smelling something can have a much more powerful effect on me than seeing it. Though here, your plate looks so delicious, it probably wouldn’t make a difference! Such a hearty and lovely plate of chicken and greens. Happy FF! xx

  9. Nancy

    I think I can see why this meal was talked about for days, Julianna! It looks absolutely perfect. 😛 I adore the combination of lavender and lemon in baking, yet it never occurred to me to use them together in a savory dish. Thanks for sharing the recipe…it is certainly one I’d like to try sooner rather than later. Delicious!

  10. Loretta

    Lavender, lemon and thyme, I can just imagine the aroma when you had it roasting away in your kitchen. Just lovely!

  11. Karen

    If we could smell your lovely chicken recipe, I think it would take us away to the lavender fields in France.

  12. Lisa

    Wouldn’t the “smell” computer button be just perfect!? I just love lavender – I keep waiting for mine to grow! lol but when it does grow I will surely make your recipe. Happy FF!

    • chefjulianna

      Well, the good thing about this recipe is that it only takes a bit of lavender! You won’t need a whole field or anything, so as soon as you get a few buds you can cook it! Good luck! 😀

  13. spiceinthecity

    This is so funny Julianna to see that you made a dish with the Lemon Lavender combination too, but in a savory dish! It must taste so gorgeous!! I can imagine the aroma wafting thru your kitchen 😀

    • chefjulianna

      I know! I laughed when I saw your recipe too! Sometimes I think that there is a blogger wavelength that we are all on and we are all getting the ideas at the same time! Weird, huh? That has been happening to me a lot lately! 😉

  14. cookingwithauntjuju.com

    This recipe of yours looks and sounds fabulous. I love lemon chicken and then adding lavender – yum! My lavender is blooming the second time right now – not as much as the first time but pretty to see the flowers. I always have a big supply of dried lavender – I guess so with over a dozen plants. Maybe I will make it this week but I prefer to use breasts 🙂

  15. indusinternationalkitchen

    Wow Julianna this looks so simple and wonderful! I have never tried lavender but your post is really tempting me to! Is it easily available at supermarkets? I will look for it next time I am at Whole Foods…:)

  16. Lori

    How did I miss you at last weeks FF?! I don’t ever want to miss a post from you!
    I love that you put lavender in here! I still haven’t cooked with it, but would love to at some point!

  17. Steven

    I often make sweets with lavender. I, too, wouldn’t have thought of pairing it with chicken — so onto my list it goes! Thank you much for the inspiration and recipe. And gorgeous pics. 🙂

  18. Liz

    If only I could have the chicken for breakfast. I’ve just woken up and I’m literally starving. Lavender is a great herb!

  19. milkandbun

    Hi Julianna! I adore Rachel Khoo and her recipes! Thanks for sharing! The kitchen and beans look very tasty; I love the smell of lavender, thou I think it becomes less aromatic after being cooked:) Also I add to a tea!


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