Not only are chicken thighs pretty cheap, but they’re also meaty, juicy, and full of flavor. Combine the tastiness of chicken thighs with a cannabis-infused, creamy, citrusy sauce, and you’re in for a winner.
If you’re not a talented chef but are still on the lookout for tasty cannabis edibles that you can make at home, this recipe is for you.
This marijuana creamy lemon butter chicken recipe has tons of benefits, one of which is that it’s one-pot. That means easy clean-up, and it usually implies a straightforward recipe process. If you’re not a talented chef but are still on the lookout for tasty cannabis edibles that you can make at home, this recipe is for you.
All you need to do is adhere to the simple instructions in the recipe below. Jump straight to the recipe if you’re feeling confident, or read the following sections to learn about WayofLeaf’s top strain picks for this delightful dish.
What You Need for Creamy Cannabis Lemon Butter Chicken
Another pro to this recipe is that there are few ingredients. With a simple set of instructions and very few ingredients to combine, this is a tough meal to mess up. You will need the following:
- A large pot or skillet with deep sides
- Chicken thighs
- Garlic cloves
- Heavy cream
- Parmesan cheese
- Fresh thyme
- Fresh coriander
The cannabutter is what really makes this dish, and we cover how to make it below. Whether you’re a novice canna-cook or an experienced edible maker, our tips will help you to prepare the best dish possible.
As for the herbs, it’s best to use fresh herbs in this recipe. They really make a difference in the flavor. If you’re in a pinch, you can use dried thyme and coriander, but fresh is always the best option for this dish. Plus, you can use some fresh sprigs for extra garnish at the end.
How to Make Cannabutter for This Recipe
Since you will need cannabutter for this dish, it’s best to prepare it in advance. After all, cannabutter takes approximately three hours of cooking, and that’s not including cooling time.
The excellent news is that you can prepare a huge batch. Lemony strains work best for this recipe, as you may already have guessed. Once you have a citrusy cannabutter at the ready, you can use it in a multitude of recipes, including Cannabis Pad Thai and Cannabis Lemon Drizzle Cake.
So, grab your favorite lemony strain (we discuss some options below) and some butter, and let’s get making cannabutter. This recipe makes two cups.
- Take your desired amount of cannabis and place it on a baking tray. You will need to calculate your desired potency to work out how much cannabis you need. Put the baking tray in the oven at 350˚F for around 30-40 minutes to decarboxylate it.
- Next, use a hand grinder to coarsely grind the buds.
- Melt 2 cups of butter in a large pot, crockpot, or Dutch oven. Add 1-2 cups of water and stir it in.
- Add the ground, decarbed cannabis, and mix well.
- Cook the mixture on the lowest heat setting for three hours, stirring occasionally. Don’t allow the mixture to boil at any point, and keep an eye on it, preventing burning and sticking.
- At the end, strain the mixture (careful, it’s hot!) through a cheesecloth and into your container of choice. Stick the butter in the fridge to cool down.
- When the butter is cool, it will harden and separate from the water. Discard the water and store the cannabutter as usual.
Make sure you label the container, so you don’t get it mixed up with regular butter!
Best Marijuana Strains for Lemon Butter Chicken
In this dish, a lemony strain is an obvious choice. Luckily, the marijuana market is chock full of citrusy strains that marry perfectly with this buttery sauce. You can choose any strain you like, but make sure you’re aware of its potency and effects before you take it.
Here are WayofLeaf’s top three strain picks for this delicious lemon butter chicken:
With a name like Golden Lemon, you know that this strain is top drawer. It’s slightly indica-dominant, provoking relaxing effects alongside euphoria. After eating an edible containing Golden Lemon, expect to feel somewhat tired but beyond uplifted.
It has 23% THC, which could be a perfect amount for experienced users. Descended from Kosher Kush, this is not a strain to underestimate, as it can offer some fantastic effects and the taste to match. As is probably evident from the name, Golden Lemon is citrusy and ever-so-slightly sour, with some sweet tones in there, too.
If you’re serving this cannabis lemon butter chicken at a gathering, Lemon Jack is the way to go. It’s a zesty sativa that offers a great deal of sweetness, alongside energetic and social feelings.
Users say that Lemon Jack, a descent of Jack Herer, makes them feel friendly and ready to party. However, many users also get a numb body feeling that will ensure you’re sitting down for the rest of the evening! Lemon Jack contains 18% THC, which is the perfect moderate amount
Lemon Shining Silver Haze
Another popular citrus strain is Lemon Shining Silver Haze, renowned for its ability to enhance energy and focus in the user. Alongside a classic cannabis hash taste, this strain has undeniable notes of lemon. It offers a relatively high 21% THC but is usually not too strong to overwhelm new users.
One of the greatest things about this recipe is its versatility. You can serve it atop pasta or aromatic rice, drizzling the beautiful sauce over the top. Alternatively, a bed of creamy mashed potatoes will go down a treat!
Our favorite is a side dish of sauteed or steamed vegetables. Garlic butter asparagus, steamed green beans, and sauteed onions form the perfect side dish for this rich, citrusy sauce.
Whatever you serve it with, it’s likely to be a taste sensation that you will make again.
How to Make Cannabis-Infused Creamy Lemon Butter Chicken
This recipe has a relatively long cooking time of 45 minutes, so plan ahead. That said, it’s a super simple method that’s hard to mess up. Use skin-on chicken thighs for the juiciest meat possible, and don’t forget to prepare your side dishes at the same time.
- 4 chicken thighs
- 1 teaspoon salt, plus extra
- 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
- 3 tablespoons cannabutter
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ cup chicken broth
- 1 cup heavy cream
- ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
- 2 lemons, zested and juiced
- 1 bunch fresh thyme
- 5 oz baby spinach
- Preheat the oven to 400˚F.
- Add raw chicken thighs to a mixing bowl and top with salt and lemon pepper. Toss to coat the thighs.
- In a large, oven-safe skillet (at least oven-safe over medium heat), add 2 tablespoons of the cannabutter and melt it gently. Make sure it covers the base of the skillet.
- Add the chicken, skin-side down, and sear for 3-4 minutes. Then, flip and sear the other side.
- Remove the chicken from the pan and then set it aside on a plate. In the same skillet, melt the remaining cannabutter. Add in the minced garlic and cook until fragrant. Then, stir in the chicken broth, parmesan, lemon zest, lemon juice, and heavy cream. Add a few sprigs of thyme to the pan. Bring the sauce to the boil, then reduce to a simmer.
- When the sauce has thickened slightly, stir in the spinach and allow to partially wilt.
- Add the chicken thighs back to the skillet, then transfer the whole pan to the oven – careful, it’s heavy. Bake for 25 minutes or until the chicken’s internal temperature reaches 165˚F.
- Serve with your chosen side dish.
Final Thoughts on This Recipe
Creamy cannabutter lemon chicken is probably going to become one of your new favorite edible recipes. It’s hard to find anything to rival this delicious dish, especially if you use a lemony cannabutter with one of our chosen citrus strains.
Since this recipe uses 3 tablespoons of cannabutter, it’s best to go easy on the amount of weed you add to the dish. It could become too strong, so make sure you calculate the potency before you begin.