Lemony Baked Chicken in Mushroom Sauce

Tender baked chicken infused with zesty lemon, smothered in a rich mushroom sauce for maximum flavor.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Make Everyday Gourmet
Cuisine South African
Servings 6


  • 6 chicken thighs, skin on & bone in Skin on & bone in will deliver the juiciest chicken. Reduce baking time if using chicken breasts or deboned thighs
  • 500 g white button mushrooms sliced
  • 1 large onion finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 125 ml dry white wine / de alcoholised wine or extra stock
  • 250 ml chicken stock
  • 1 large bunch fresh tarragon leaves removed from stems
  • 1 large lemon zest and juice
  • 250 ml sour cream

To serve

  • lemon wedges
  • green salad
  • brown & wild rice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil for cooking


  • Preheat oven to 200˚C.
    Season the chicken thighs well with salt and pepper.
    Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a deep ovenproof frying pan or buffet casserole.
  • Brown the chicken well until deeply golden on both sides.
    Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Add the sliced mushrooms to the residual fat in the pan and cook on medium high heat until golden brown and they have released all of their moisture.
  • Add the onion and cook until soft.
    Add the garlic and dried herbs and cook for a minute until fragrant.
  • Deglaze the pan with the white wine and reduce.
    Pour in the chicken stock and turn the heat down to a gentle simmer.
  • Add half of the tarragon leaves, the lemon juice, zest and stir in the sour cream.
    Taste to adjust seasoning.
  • Add the browned chicken thighs into the mushroom sauce, making sure to nestle them in so that just the golden skin is sticking out.
  • Transfer pan to the oven and bake for 20 minutes, depending on the size of your chicken thighs, until cooked through.
  • Scatter the remaining half of the tarragon leaves all over the dish and add a little extra lemon zest and juice for brightness.
    Serve straight out of the warm pan alongside a fresh green salad and wild rice.
Keyword south african