Roast Lemon Chicken

Roast Lemon Chicken

17 reviews, 4.6 star(s). 94% would make again

Ready in 45 minutes

Pair with a cool Pinot Grigio and green beans for a great spring meal.


1 whole Chicken; about 3 lbs
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon Butter
2 large cloves Garlic; pressed
1 whole Lemon; juiced, peel reserved
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg; freshly grated
2 whole Potatoes; quartered lengthwise

Original recipe makes 4



Rinse chicken; pat dry.

In a heavy iron frying pan, heat oil and butter over medium heat until foamy. Add garlic, lemon juice, a 1x2 inch slice of lemon peel, and nutmeg. Add chicken to pan, breast-side up, and brush lavishly with basting mixture. Put in 350 degree oven to bake. As soon as you put chicken in oven, put potatoes into lightly salted water; parboil for 10 minutes.

Drain, dip cut sides in chicken's pan juices, then set them around the chicken. Baste chicken again, return pan to oven, and bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Baste both chicken and potatoes again at least once while baking.


Excellent, relatively easy way to roast chicken. Be careful to thoroughly dry the chicken before the intial saute part; if the chicken is wet at all it will spatter a lot.

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Very moist easy recipe. We really enjoy the garlic flavor, so I added a garlic bulb to the cavity and topped with a little lemon-pepper seasoning. Still had the feeling it was missing something though. I was thinking rosemary, but after reading another comment that someone added fresh thyme, I think that may be a good addition as well. Definitely be preparing this one again though. ;)
DrgnHrt 4y ago

Great easy recipe...but forgot the seasoning?? I added carrots and peppers to this too!
Skazzyskills 4y ago

I made this with boneless skinless chicken breasts and had to guess on the cook time and ended up with chicken that was a little too dry. But the flavors were great and the potatoes were amazing! Next time I'll use more lemon.
Querian 4y ago

Simple and delicious! Paired with asparagus.
stevemur 5y ago

Delicious! Easy, moist and great comfort food. I added extra garlic and lemon and fresh thyme. The potatoes were very tasty and steamed green beans rounded out the meal. Perfect recipe to break in my new iPad. :)
SarahChanning 5y ago

Very nice...made it a few times now... Easy and tasty roast chicken meal...
skiesrblue 5y ago

I added another lemon to this recipe as I LOVE lemon and it turned out pretty tasty!
mrb2563 5y ago

Needs a bit more lemon flavour but it was still very nice
Rottendrew 5y ago

Very tasty I'd definitely make it again. We used loads more potatos than suggested but we love our roasties!
Londonpoe 6y ago

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