Juicy Lemon-Rosemary Roast Chicken


This lemon-roasted chicken is so juicy and so easy to make! Make sure to get some woody sprigs of rosemary to create a roasting rack. This chicken makes an incredible chicken soup with the leftovers.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
1 whole chicken


  • 1 (4.5 pound) whole chicken

  • kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 lemons

  • 2 bunches fresh rosemary sprigs, divided, or more as needed

  • ½ medium onion

  • 1 drizzle olive oil


  1. Season the cavity of the chicken with salt and pepper. Prick 1 lemon 3 times with a knife and slice the second lemon into thin slices.

  2. Stuff chicken with 4 rosemary sprigs, whole lemon, and onion. Loosen the skin from the body of the chicken, making sure not to tear. Stuff lemon slices and softer rosemary sprigs under the skin, making sure to get the legs as well.

  3. Line a 9x13-inch baking dish with the remaining rosemary sprigs to make a rack for the chicken. Place stuffed chicken on top, sprinkle generously with salt and pepper, and drizzle with olive oil.

  4. Roast in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Continue to roast, basting every 15 minutes, until no longer pink in the center and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone, reaches 165 degrees F (74 degrees C), about 1 hour more. Cover with foil and let rest for 15 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

458 Calories
27g Fat
7g Carbs
47g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 458
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 146mg 49%
Sodium 210mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 47g
Vitamin C 32mg 158%
Calcium 78mg 6%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 534mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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