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Easy Chicken Dinner Recipe with Dates and Lemon

This simple and amazingly tasty, one pot easy chicken dinner recipe has me ready for Fall dinners. You will love this tangy, sweet and just a touch spicy, chicken.

Easy Chicken Recipes For Dinner (One Pot chicken with dates and lemons)

I’m always looking for easy chicken dinner recipes and this one sure fits my needs. This deliciously simple recipe is perfect for company and also for an everyday supper.

It’s amazing how just a few ingredients like lemon, dates and chiles, can make this one pot chicken so fabulous. 

Here in Denver it has been so hot and dry that when you walk outside it feels like a sauna. Add forest fires and their haze to the picture and it might make one wonder why  one would even want to cook! Well, this dish is super simple, requires little hands on, and turns out incredible.

Whole chicken recipes are something I’m always on the lookout for. Honestly, I buy whole chickens so that I can cut them up to get equal pieces. I hate mismatched breasts, don’t you? Or what about uneven thighs?

That is the truth, but I also love a good roast chicken even if it is hot outside. This lemon and date chicken may not be totally roasted in the oven, but with this method, it still turns out with a golden crispy skin.

Chicken with Dates and lemons in Dutch Oven

Cooking this chicken is so easy that it might become your go to easy chicken dinner!

Have I ever told you how much I love to read cookbooks? Well, I discovered this one pot chicken recipe in the book Nothing Fancy from Alison Roman. I love this book!

There isn’t anything fancy about this chicken, but the secret is that no one need know. It is that good.

A few notes: My favorite pot is my Le Creuset Dutch oven. Yes, it is an investment, but I can tell you that it will last almost forever and still will look good. (I wish I could say that about me!) Plus, it is easy to clean and truthfully, is so easy to cook in.

If you don’t have dates, use prunes. There might be a small taste difference, but I can’t imagine that it would change the undertones of the dish. 

Chicken in a Pot with Lemons and Dates

I do like big shallots. The shallot alleviates having to use garlic and onions, in my opinion, and helps keep things simple, which is what this chicken recipe is all about.

Those lemons? Don’t go without them. They lend a tangy flavor to this little bit spicy sweet dish.

And that water? You want that so that you can have a bit of juice to serve with the chicken.

With Fall coming, easy chicken dinner recipes should show up on your table. This chicken dinner would make a wonderful Shabbat meal, too.

Whole Chicken with Lemon and Dates

What to serve with this chicken? It is perfect with rice or roasted potatoes or even over egg noodles. Have a favorite green salad? Now is the time to make it.

Enjoy the clean up, because there isn’t much. 

Just one more thing: no need to wait for cooler nights. This chicken dinner is soul food. And we could all use a little something for the soul!

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Easy Chicken Recipes For Dinner (One Pot chicken with dates and lemons)

One Pot Chicken with Dates and Lemon

5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star 5 from 3 reviews
  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 70 Minutes
  • Total Time: 70 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 - 6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Stove Top/Oven
  • Cuisine: American


This easy one pot chicken dinner with lemons and dates and a touch of pepper is meant for company, but easy enough for family. Totally tasty!


Units Scale

35 to 4lb chicken/pr 3 lbs chicken thighs or legs-bone in and skin on

Kosher salt and Fresh ground pepper

4 T olive oil, divided

1 large lemon, cut into thick slices crosswise, seeds removed

2 large shallots, halved lengthwise

6 medjool dates, pitted (about 3 ounces)

4 sprigs fresh thyme or oregano, plus more for serving

1 c water

2 t ground Urfa chile, or 1 t crushed red pepper flakes

Flaky sea salt


Preheat oven to 425.

Season chicken all over with salt and pepper. Heat 2 T olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium high heat. Place chicken in the pot, breast side up and press it lightly to make sure the skin comes in contact with the pot. (This browns the legs and renders fat.)

Cook, without moving until chicken is browned, 5-8 minutes. Do not move the chicken!

Add the lemons and shallots, placing them so they come in contact with the bottom of the pot. You may have to lift the chicken a bit. Let everything sizzle in the chicken fat until lightly caramelized, about two minutes.

Add the dates, thyme and water. Sprinkle the top of the chicken with the Urfa chile and place the lid on. Place the Dutch oven in the oven and roast until the dates are plump, the lemon is jammy and the chicken is almost cooked through, about 20-25 minutes. If you have a larger chicken, this could take a bit longer.

Remove the lid and drizzle the chicken with the rest of the olive oil and continue to cook until the liquid has educed by half and the top of the chicken is golden and glistening, another 20-30 minutes.

Let the chicken rest in the Dutch oven for 10 minutes, then transfer to a cutting board and carve. I always use my kitchen shears and cut into 4 pieces. You may want to slice up the breast though. Serve with the lemons, dates and shallots. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt.


The chicken can be made a few hours ahead, then kept in the Dutch oven at room temperature. If you wish to reheat it before serving, pop it back into the oven without a lid for 10-15 minutes or so.

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Monday 11th of July 2022

Made this tonight, disnt have shallots, so used onion and garlic. Added fresh rosemary also. Evwryone loved it. The sweetness from dates offsets the heat of the peppers. Will make this again.


Thursday 10th of September 2020

This looks so beautiful! What a delicious combination of flavors!


Friday 18th of September 2020

This recipe is amazing! I know it will be one I make over and over again. And it's so simple!


Monday 7th of September 2020

I love this flavor combination! Dates and lemon work so well is savory dishes but I feel like I almost never see them used that way together. So yummy! Can't wait to make it!

Karen (Back Road Journal)

Wednesday 2nd of September 2020

Sweet and savory, this chicken certainly does have a lot going for it.


Friday 18th of September 2020

It truly does Karen. I'm always looking for a good chicken dish and this is it!

Dennis Yannakos

Saturday 29th of August 2020

I can never get enough of goi ga! Its taste is amazing. I knew this dish as I once traveled to Vietnam!