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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 place 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 beautiful 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 handle chicken safely, and there are four 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 no fuss, no muss. Clean-up is super easy. Heck there’s only one roasting pan to worry about cleaning up. Don’t you love that idea? I sure do.

 

 

 

Ingredients needed for Roasted Lemon and Rosemary Chicken

  • One -6-pound whole roasting chicken, cleaned and rinsed

  • Two fresh Lemons

  • Three sprigs of fresh Rosemary

  • Two 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 four 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 21 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
Calories: 432 kcal
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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41 Comments

  • Reply
    Patty at Spoonabilities
    November 8, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    How beautiful presented with the lemon and rosemary! I can almost smell the amazing aromas!!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      November 12, 2019 at 10:23 am

      Thank you so much, Geoffrey! It does smell wonderful when cooking.

  • Reply
    Maayke
    November 8, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    One can’t have enough recipes for roasted chicken! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      November 12, 2019 at 10:24 am

      Maayke, chicken is one of my all-time favorites! Let me know if you try the recipe.

  • Reply
    The Anthony Kitchen
    November 8, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    Lemon and rosemary with chicken is my favorite flavor combination. I’m dreaming of the smell of this roasted chicken cooking in the oven now.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      November 12, 2019 at 10:25 am

      Kelly, I bet you are going to love this recipe then. Let me know how you like it after making it.

  • Reply
    Anita
    November 8, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    That is one beautifully roasted chicken. And the combo of lemon and rosemary is very simple yet very classy. This is beautiful enough to serve when having guests over. 🙂

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      November 12, 2019 at 10:26 am

      Thank you, so much Anita! You just made my day!!

  • Reply
    Annissa
    November 8, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    I agree with your husband, rosemary does smell a little bit like christmas. This looks like one of those meals that welcomes guests with an aromatic hug. What a wonderful main course for a dinner party. I want to rate this recipe 5 stars, but I can’t find the button.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      November 12, 2019 at 10:26 am

      Thank you, Anissa, it does smell wonderful and tastes even better. Thank you for the 5 stars.

  • Reply
    Iryna
    July 16, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    My favorite part about roasted chicken is that you usually end up with plenty of leftovers which are begging to be used in salads or soups. Your recipe sounds and looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      July 17, 2019 at 4:57 pm

      Iryna, yes me too, or sometimes I use it in my chicken and dumpling recipe. Tastes so good!

  • Reply
    Chef Lola's Kitchen
    July 16, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    This chicken Looks truly juicy, tender and delicious!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      July 17, 2019 at 4:57 pm

      Hi there, Ms. Lola, thank you so much! I appreciate hearing from you.

  • Reply
    Natalie
    July 16, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    This sounds fantastic. What a lovely family dinner. I bet my boys will love this. Can’t wait to give the recipe a try.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      July 17, 2019 at 4:56 pm

      Thanks, Natalie, my kids eat it up in no time flat. Let me know how it goes with your children.

  • Reply
    bethpierce2013
    July 16, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    What a savory chicken recipe this was; and easy too! It has quickly become a family favorite recipe; delicious!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      July 17, 2019 at 4:55 pm

      Hey there, Beth, thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your experiences.

  • Reply
    Tatiana
    July 16, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    I can’t have enough of this lemon rosemary chicken. So delicious and kids are always happy when it’s on the table! So good!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      July 17, 2019 at 4:55 pm

      Thanks, for sharing Tatiana! So glad to hear the kids enjoy it.

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