Lemon Roasted Chicken

Manly Kitchen Lemon Roasted ChickenOne of the great things about chicken is that it’s very mild. That means you can do lots of things with it. You can spice it lightly for a tasty yet mild, or you can heat it up until it makes your eyes water. Don’t worry; this recipe is of the former variety.

Lemons and onions work really well with chicken. The lemons add a really neat bit of sparkle, and nicely enhance the flavor of the herbs. The seasonings used here are pretty standard for chicken, so your guests won’t have any real surprises. All in all, it’s very easy to prepare, making it a good choice if you’re just starting out with roasting. And you can use the leftovers for tacos and that’s always a big plus! So… let’s go have some fun!

Manly Kitchen Lemon Roasted ChickenIngredients:

1 whole chicken, 3 to 5 lbs.
Olive oil
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1/4 cup fresh thyme
2 tablespoons rosemary
2 tablespoons tarragon
1 onion, roughly chopped
Lemon wedges


Preheat oven to 450°.

Remove giblets and such from inside the chicken. Feel free to throw those out. Wash chicken thoroughly inside and out with hot water. Pat dry, inside and out.

Rub inside and outside with light coating of olive oil. this is really important for the outside, because it will help the skin get nice and crispy and develop of good color.

Stuff cavities with herbs, onions and lemon wedges. Pack them in as tightly as you can.

Manly Kitchen Lemon Roasted ChickenPlace chicken on roasting rack. If using a pan instead, it helps to truss the bird – tie the legs together so they stay close to the rest of the chicken.

If using a meat thermometer (I highly recommend that), insert info thickest part of breast, taking care not to touch a bone.

Roast at 450° for about fifteen minutes, until skin develops a nice golden brown color.

Reduce heat to 375° and continue to cook until internal temperature reaches 165° and/or juices run clear.

Remove from oven and let rest for ten minutes so that juices reabsorb.

While it’s resting, remove onions, herbs and lemons from cavities. If desired, separate lemons from onions and herbs, and serve some of the onions with the chicken.

Cut chicken apart to serve. Add a lemon wedge or two to each plate.

Manly Kitchen Lemon Roasted ChickenNotes:

Free Range or Kosher chicken will taste best, but any decent chicken will work.

The size of your chicken will determine how much of everything else you will need. The measurements above are for a chicken weighing about 3 to 3-1/2 lbs. You may need to use more for a larger bird.

Likewise, the roasting time will depend on how large the bird is. That’s why I recommend using a meat thermometer to track internal temperature.

Feel free to add some cubed potatoes and other root vegetables in the bottom of the roasting pan.

Have fun with this, as always and please do let me know how things went. And don’t forget Rule #1:

Play with your food!


Try my other Chicken Recipes here.

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About Lane

Lane Baldwin is a an internationally-acclaimed singer, songwriter, author and food lover. He wasn't trained in France, and he doesn't have his own TV show. He just loves to cook, and loves sharing what he's learned over the years. In his "real life," Lane has toured the world, bringing his special brand of Blues-infused Americana to millions of fans. At home he leads a quiet life filled with good books, good food and good friends.