Roasted Lemon Chicken

Roasted Lemon Chicken

"This gorgeous herb-rubbed chicken is so moist and tender that you'll want to serve it for special occasions as well as family suppers. Margaret Wilson of Hemet, California shared the succulent entree."
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1 h 10 m servings
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  1. Loosen skin around chicken breast, leg and thigh. Combine the seasonings; rub half under skin. Cut half of the lemon into quarters and place in the cavity along with rosemary sprigs. Skewer openings; tie drumsticks together with kitchen string.
  2. Place chicken breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Squeeze the remaining lemon over chicken; rub with remaining spice mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees F for 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until chicken juices run clear and a meat thermometer reads 180 degrees F (cover loosely with foil if browning too quickly). Cover and let stand for 15 minutes. Remove and discard skin, and discard lemon and herbs from cavity before carving.


  • Nutritional Analysis: 3-1/2 ounces cooked chicken equals 197 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 90 mg cholesterol, 215 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 29 g protein. Diabetic Exchange: 4 lean meat.


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I chose this recipe not only because I had in mind something with lemon and rosemary, but also because I liked the roasting temperature of 375 degrees, sort of midway between the low and high he...

This is the best roasted chicken I've ever had, and I'm not usually a huge fan of roasted chicken. I couldn't stop picking at it before dinner-time! The leftovers are delicious warmed up over sa...

Absolutely delicious. I wanted to keep the chicken from scorching on the bottom so I layered one small onion in the bottom of the pan, then laid the chicken over the top. I did add a little liqu...

Being that we were going to be way too busy doing last minute errands and packing up the car tonight, I decided to make this chicken this afternoon. Big mistake! I couldn't stop nibbling on it! ...

Tasted great, loved the lemon! Followed recipe- except - I like to slow cook whole chickens at 250 degrees for 5 hours.

I really enjoyed this recipe, extremely simple to execute and it makes your house smell amazing when it cooks! The combo of the lemon, rosemary and thyme is perfect. I had a small fryer (almost...

This was delicious! I used chili powder because I didn't have seasoned salt and it was still wonderful. The amount of lemon was perfect and wasn't overpowering, but added a good tang. No leftove...

You can always get a good deal on whole fryers at the market and this recipe is a simple and delicious way to prepare them. I followed the recipe exactly and cook the chicken for 20 minutes per ...

This was fantastic! My whole family loved it. I used the meat and bones to make homemade chicken soup with homemade stock, and the rosemary/lemon flavor was even evident in the soup. Mmmm!

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