4.5 from 2 votes
Review Recipe

Lemon Roasted Chicken

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
This is one of our favorite ways to make chicken! Not only is it easy, but it is juicy, tender and filled with flavor!
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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon butter softened
  • 1 lemon
  • 3-4 cloves garlic minced
  • salt & black pepper to taste
  • 1 whole chicken approx 3 lbs

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  1. Zest the yellow rind of the lemon. Cut the lemon in half and juice half of the lemon into a small bowl. Add the rind, olive oil, softened butter, garlic, salt and pepper. Stir well (the mixture should be fairly thick).

  2. Gently lift the skin from the chicken breasts and place about 1 tablespoon of the butter mixture under the skin. Massage it evenly across the breasts. 

  3. Cover the skin of the chicken with the remaining butter mixture. Refrigerate for 30-45 minutes.

  4. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Slice the remaining lemon half and place it inside the chicken along with 1/2 an onion. Tie the legs together. Place the chicken in a shallow pan breast side up and place in oven. 

  5. Turn oven down to 375 degrees F and bake for 1 1/4 hours or until the inner thigh reaches 165 degrees F.

Recipe Notes

This can also be prepared on the rotisserie.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 532, Fat: 41g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 157mg, Sodium: 184mg, Potassium: 406mg, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 35g, Vitamin A: 440%, Vitamin C: 18.1%, Calcium: 32%, Iron: 1.9%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword roast chicken