How to Make a Roast Chicken With Lemon

Roasting a chicken does not have to be complicated. We've created a juicy, delicious, and no fuss roasted chicken recipe your family will love. The chicken itself is moist and has terrific flavor from lemon, basil, and garlic. Love crispy skin on a roast chicken? Then you're in luck because the skin crisps to perfection. No dry and bland chicken here. With simple ingredients and easy steps, just pop the chicken in the oven and forget about it until the timer dings. The result is a roast chicken fit for a king (or a very hungry family).


  • 5-6 lb chicken
  • Kitchen twine
  • Cooking spray
  • Aluminum foil
  • 1/4 c extra light tasting olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 Tbsp Kosher salt
  • 2 tsp chopped garlic
  • 2 lemons, sliced into wedges
  • 1 small sweet onion, chopped into chunks
  • 1 sprig of basil

How to Make a No Fuss Roasted Chicken

1. Preheat an oven to 425 degrees. Remove the chicken from the wrapper. Also, remove giblets and extra fat in the cavity of the chicken.

2. Rinse the chicken.

3. Pat chicken dry, inside and out.

4. Gently run two fingers under the skin, separating the skin from the chicken breast.

5. Mix the olive oil, lemon pepper, dried basil, kosher salt, and chopped garlic in a small bowl.

6. Rub the chicken with the seasonings, inside and out, making sure to get under the skin.

7. Stuff the chicken with the lemon wedges, chopped onion, and a basil sprig. Depending on the size of the cavity, you may not use all the lemons and onion.

8. Truss the chicken. To truss a chicken, tie together the drumsticks. Then fold back the wings.

9. Place chicken in a roasting pan sprayed with cooking spray. Roast the chicken at 425 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.

10. After 90 minutes, remove the roasted chicken from the oven.

11. Cover with a tented piece of foil. Let the chicken rest for 20 minutes to redistribute the juices.

12. Remove the foil and cut the kitchen twine.

13. Place the chicken on a serving platter and enjoy. Click here to save this recipe to your Just A Pinch recipe box.

Kitchen Crew - May 22, 2018
Hi all - if you'd like to Pinch or Print this recipe, head to the recipe here: Roast Chicken With Lemon
Barbara Ennis - May 21, 2018
Just scroll through the recipe...No need to print 14 pages...

Enjoy it.....very easy.....:)
Dena Holland - May 21, 2018
Thank you for sharing this simple sounding recipe and it looks delicious!! Love lemon and basil. Now to buy some baking twine!!
Jeff B - May 20, 2018
Looks like a great recipe.

The only problem is I don't want to print 14 pages. There should be an option to print a much smaller recipe card.

I will look to printing only certain pages, however.
Laura Reyes - May 18, 2018
It looks so good. I will have it for dinner tomorrow. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
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