Roasted Lemon Chicken

I have had several people ask me for chicken recipes, and I posted about this one on Facebook tonight. It is super easy and really delicious! Versatile too! I made mine on a bed of potatoes and carrots – but you could use anything you would like – such as onions and fennel (which I have done before and is just as delicious)!

Roasted Lemon Chicken

1 large roasting chicken (6-7 pounds)
Olive Oil
Black Pepper
4 tablespoons butter, softened
6 cups mini carrots
6 cups washed and sliced potatoes (skin on)
4 lemons
2 cups chicken stock
Chicken seasoning (optional)

Start by preheating your oven to 425 degrees F and spray a large roasting pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Remove chicken giblets and dispose. Run the chicken under running water – inside and outside to remove any impurities, etc before patting dry with a paper towel. Place in roasting pan.

Sprinkle the chicken with quite a bit of salt and black pepper. If using – sprinkle with a few tablespoons of chicken seasoning.

Next, flatten out the 4 tablespoons of softened butter between your hands, and place it gently underneath the breast skin – on the top of the chicken. Do this by gently pulling back the skin from the breast, being sure not to separate the two completely. Place the butter under and gently press the skin to spread evenly.

Next, add the mini carrots and sliced potatoes around the chicken in the roaster.

Sprinkle the potatoes and carrots with quite a bit of salt and pepper.

Drizzle olive oil over everything – the chicken and the vegetables.

Cut the lemons in half, remove seeds carefully, and squeeze over everything. After squeezing, place lemons inside the chicken cavity.

Finally, pour in 2 cups of chicken stock.

Cover, and place in preheated oven for 1 1/2 – 2 hours, or until fully cooked.

Remove, allow to sit covered for about 20 minutes, and serve.


Also delicious with an assortment of vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, etc.



5 thoughts on “Roasted Lemon Chicken

  1. What Happened to the skin Blaise?? You are supposed to take a picture with the skin on! Thank you for the recipe and I will make it when I have my mother come over for dinnet. Delicious looking dinner!😊

  2. I ate some on the side! I couldn’t wait any longer!!! Ha! I’m in the process of TRYING to learn to take better photographs. I need to have more patience… I just get so hungry! Ha! 😉

  3. Thank you for the information of cleaning out the chicken of it giblets, because a lot of people do not know about this. It will cause a big mess if you cook without cleaning the bird. I knew about this, because I always saw my mother clean out the chicken or turkey. I have not seen any cookbooks to let the home cook know about this. You are the first person to ever tell to clean out the gibles and to clean the chicken out. You give the reader excellent information.😊

  4. This looks wonderful, I definitely want to try this out now but might add some Honey to the equation either to the chicken itself or doing a honey glaze with the carrots on the side! Thanks for sharing this!

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