Perfect Lemon-Herb Roated Chicken

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Here is my personal tried and true recipe for the perfect roasted chicken. Crisp skin and moist succulent meat! I have one roasting in the oven right now as it's a great thing to make on this cold wintery day. The aroma is wonderful! Tomorrow the left-overs will become chicken soup: )

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10 Min
1 Hr 30 Min


3-4 lb
whole chicken or roaster
whole zested lemon
4 sprig(s)
fresh rosemary
4 sprig(s)
fresh thyme
garlic cloves
2 tsp
olive oil
coarse sea salt
freshly ground pepper

How to Make Perfect Lemon-Herb Roated Chicken


  • 1Preheat oven to 425'
  • 2Combine lemon zest w/2 minced garlic cloves, olive oil, salt & pepper along with chopped herbs from 2 sprigs Rosemary and 2 sprigs of the thyme. Leave remaining sprigs whole. (If you do not have fresh herbs, dry herbs of your choice should be fine).
  • 3Cut lemon in half. Place 1 half of lemon in the cavity of the chicken, along with the 4 remaining garlic cloves, & whole sprigs of rosemary & thyme.
  • 4Separate skin around breast & thigh of meat. Rub herb mixure under skin making sure to get under skin of legs/thighs as well. Rub any (if any) remaining mixture onto outer skin of chicken.
  • 5Squeeze 2nd lemon half evenly all over skin of chicken.
  • 6Bake uncovered at 425'for approx 1 hr and 30 min's.
    Let rest (uncovered so skin does not steam) for about 10 min's before slicing. Chicken is done when juices run clear.
  • 7Note: If roasting veggies/potatoes along with chicken, add during the last 45 min's of cooking time.

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About Perfect Lemon-Herb Roated Chicken

Course/Dish: Chicken
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy