Lemon Thyme Chicken Thighs
2 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (4 to 6 thighs)
Freshly ground black pepper
1 medium lemon, thinly sliced
5 to 6 fresh (lemon) thyme sprigs
Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 400Â°F. Drizzle the chicken thighs with olive oil and season well with salt and pepper. Place the thighs skin-side down in a single layer in a large, cold cast iron skillet. Place the skillet over medium heat. and cook undisturbed for 14 to 15 minutes. When a lot of the fat has rendered out and the skin is crispy and brown, flip the thighs so they are skin-side up. Scatter the lemon slices and thyme sprigs over the chicken. Roast in the oven until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165Â°F, 13 to 15 minutes. Serve immediately. NOTES: Batch cooking: Depending on the size of your cast iron skillet, you might want to brown the chicken in batches so as not to crowd the pan. If you do this, reduce the time on the second batch, as the pan will already be hot. Then you can transfer the thighs to a baking dish to finish in the oven.