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I heard about this "engagement chicken" on the radio, and searched it out online and read how a few different people did it. Here is my variation on it - guaranteed to result in super moist lemon-roasted chicken! And yes - I did get proposed to within 3 months of making it! Looks super pretty and tastes amazing! I usually pair the chicken with a lasagna or a vegetable medley.


Recipe Summary

10 mins
1 hr 35 mins
10 mins
1 hr 55 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Rinse chicken thoroughly with cold water, empty the cavity, and pat chicken dry with paper towels.

  • Place chicken, breast-side down, into a roasting pan. Squeeze juice from 1 1/2 lemons over chicken.

  • Mix salt and pepper together in a small bowl and spread mixture all over chicken using your hands.

  • Roll 2 lemons on the countertop to soften them a bit. Puncture several times with a fork and cram into the cavity of the chicken.

  • Place roasting pan in the preheated oven and lower temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Pull out chicken and turn over using wooden spoons or tongs. Return to the oven and continue to bake until no longer pink in the center and juices run clear when the thigh is pricked with a fork, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone, should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  • Let chicken rest for 10 minutes before serving. Cut remaining lemon into slices. Transfer chicken to a serving dish and garnish with lemon slices and fresh rosemary. Pour juices from the roasting pan over the chicken to make it super juicy.

Cook's Notes:

You can garnish with fresh thyme instead of rosemary.

I also like to take a few lemon slices and place them on the breast side while cooking. My chicken is literally saturated in lemon and it is divine.

I also cook my chicken in a stoneware pan, so if you don't have one, keep an eye to maybe see if you have to add water to your roasting pan!

Nutrition Facts

382 calories; protein 39.8g; carbohydrates 13.8g; fat 21.8g; cholesterol 121.2mg; sodium 1440.5mg. Full Nutrition