Roasted Lemon and Rosemary Chicken

Roasted Lemon and Rosemary Chicken is a fantastic comfort food recipe that will leave your entire house smelling like fragrant Rosemary and Lemons; the smell of that juicy Roasted Lemon and Rosemary Chicken wafting through the house is so deliciously enticing.

Juicy, tender, and delicious are the three keywords are that come to mind when I think of this Roasted Lemon and Rosemary Chicken; often I have thought of doing two chickens since it reheats so well and makes a wonderful chicken salad. Yes, it’s that darn good Y’all. Juicy, tender, and delicious are the three keywords are that come to mind when I think of this Roasted Lemon and Rosemary Chicken; often I have thought of doing two chickens since it reheats so well and makes a wonderful chicken salad. Yes, it's that darn good Y'all.I remember the first time I made this recipe for Roasted Lemon and Rosemary Chicken, shortly after marrying my husband, him coming home and saying, “Honey the house smells like delicious Christmas trees and Lemons!” I swear I cracked up laughing at that statement.

 

 

 

 

 

Roasted Lemon and Rosemary Chicken is a fantastic comfort food recipe that will leave your entire house smelling like fragrant Rosemary and Lemons; the smell of that juicy Roasted Lemon and Rosemary Chicken wafting through the house is so deliciously enticing.

 
 
Let’s talk a little about how to safely handle chicken, there are 4 simple suggested steps
  1. Clean:  Always wash your hands and surfaces thoroughly before and after handling.
  2. Separate: Separate raw meats and poultry from other foods to prevent cross-contamination.
  3. Cook: Cook all poultry to an internal temperature of 165 °F (73.9 °C).
  4. Chill: Refrigerate poultry promptly.

 

 

 

 

Below is my simple to follow Card to make perfect Roasted Lemon and Rosemary Chicken, toss a few potatoes and carrots in for a whole meal if desired, you’ll love how you can fix a Roasted Lemon and Rosemary Chicken and forget it, it’s basically no fuss, no muss. Clean-up is super easy, heck there’s only one roasting pan to worry about cleaning up. Don’t you just love that idea? I sure do.

 

 

 

Ingredients needed for Roasted Lemon and Rosemary Chicken
  • 1 -6-pound whole roasting chicken, cleaned and rinsed
  • 2 fresh Lemons
  • 3 sprigs of fresh Rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoons Kosher Salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fresh Cracked Pepper, or to taste
Cooking Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Zest one of the lemons and set aside.
  3. Remove the leaves from one of the rosemary sprigs, reserve until needed to the side.
  4. In a bowl, combine olive oil, lemon zest, and reserved rosemary.
  5. Cut one of your Rosemary springs in 4. Slice two of your lemons, place the lemon slices and 4 pieces of Rosemary sprigs into your chicken.
  6. Place on a roasting rack in a large enough roaster to hold 6-pound of chicken you have purchased.
  7. Using clean hands or a baster if you are more comfortable,  liberally apply olive oil, lemon zest mixture with Rosemary. Coat evenly. Season with salt and pepper to own taste.
  8. Place the chicken in the 400-degree oven. Roast for 1 hour 20 minutes, or until done, it should have an internal temperature of 165 °F (73.9 °C). The skin should be golden brown.
  9. Make sure before carving the Lemon and Rosemary Chicken you wait at least 20 minutes.
  10. Serve garnished with more Rosemary, and lemon wedges. You can also place lemon slices on the top as I did for a more dramatic look if desired.

 

 

 

 

5 from 15 votes
Juicy, tender, and delicious are the three keywords are that come to mind when I think of this Roasted Lemon and Rosemary Chicken; often I have thought of doing two chickens since it reheats so well and makes a wonderful chicken salad. Yes, it's that darn good Y'all.
Roasted Lemon and Rosemary Chicken
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 20 mins
Rest
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 50 mins
 
Roasted Lemon and Rosemary Chicken is a fantastic comfort food recipe that will leave your entire house smelling like fragrant Rosemary and Lemons; the smell of that juicy Roasted Lemon and Rosemary Chicken wafting through the house is so deliciously enticing.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, Roasted Lemon and Rosemary Chicken
Servings: 4 People
Author: hmccallum
Ingredients
  • 1-6- pound Organic Roasting chicken
  • 2 Fresh lemons
  • 3 sprigs Fresh Rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Lemon (zest of)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt or to own taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper or to own taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400° degrees.

  2. Zest one of the lemons and set aside. Remove the leaves from one of the rosemary sprigs, reserve to the side. In a bowl, combine olive oil, lemon zest, reserved rosemary.

  3. Cut one of your Rosemary springs in 4. Slice two of your lemons, place lemon slices and 4 pieces of Rosemary sprigs into your chicken.

  4. Place on a roasting rack in a large enough roaster to hold 6-pound of chicken you have purchased. Using clean hands or a baster if you are more comfortable, liberally apply olive oil, lemon zest mixture with Rosemary. Coat evenly. Salt and pepper to taste.

  5. Place the chicken in the 400-degree oven. Roast for 1 hour 20 minutes, or until done, it should have an internal temperature of 165 °F (73.9 °C). The skin should be golden brown.

  6. Make sure before carving the Lemon and Rosemary Chicken you wait at least 20 minutes.

  7. Serve garnished with more Rosemary, and lemon wedges. You can also place lemon slices on the top as I did for a more dramatic look if desired.

 

 

 

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Roasted Lemon and Rosemary Chicken is a fantastic comfort food recipe that will leave your entire house smelling like fragrant Rosemary and Lemons; the smell of that juicy Roasted Lemon and Rosemary Chicken wafting through the house is so deliciously enticing.

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