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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.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
1 hr 30 mins
15 mins
2 hrs
1 whole chicken


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

458 calories; protein 46.8g; carbohydrates 6.8g; fat 27.1g; cholesterol 145.5mg; sodium 210.4mg. Full Nutrition