Perfectly Amazing Roasted Chicken Recipe With Lemon & Rosemary by Sarah Amona

Poultry Dinner
a year ago

Perfectly Amazing Roasted Chicken Recipe With Lemon & Rosemary

OMG, this roast chicken recipe with lemon and rosemary is always amazing! A whole chicken is covered in olive oil, rosemary, lemon zest, garlic powder and black pepper. After baking in the oven for about 1 1/2 hours, the juicy chicken rests then is carved and served. Perfection!

Serve this baked chicken with rosemary and lemon with your favorite side dishes. Roasted or steamed vegetables are a healthy choice along with a fresh garden salad. Remove and chop or shred the leftover meat from the chicken and use it in other recipes. You can even freeze the leftover chicken.

Keep in mind that the cooking time will vary depending on the size of the chicken and your oven. Start to check the internal temperature after about 1 hour of baking. For a crispier skin, pop the chicken under the broiler for a couple minutes.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes plus 3 to 4 hours to marinate
Cook Time: 1 1/2 hours (ovens vary)
Total Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes plus time to marinate
Servings: 5


  • 1 whole chicken (about 4 pounds), rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 lemons, cut in quarters (use the zested lemon)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Combine the olive oil, rosemary, lemon zest, garlic powder and pepper. Spread over the surface of the chicken. Insert the lemon quarters into the cavity of the chicken. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours.
  2. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a roasting rack, preferably V-shaped, and place in a roasting pan.
  3. Roast chicken for 30 minutes. Add the onion and celery to the pan. Roast until an instant read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh reads 170 degrees F, about 1 hour.
  4. Transfer the chicken to a shallow serving platter dish. Cover with aluminum foil and let rest for 15 minutes before carving. Discard the ingredients in the cavity of the chicken. Carve the chicken.

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