Savory Roast Chicken Recipe Drenched in Honey, Lemon & Garlic (Better Than Rotisserie Chicken) by Elisa Schmitz

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Savory Roast Chicken Recipe Drenched in Honey, Lemon & Garlic (Better Than Rotisserie Chicken)

If you’re a fan of those tasty fresh rotisserie chickens they sell at some grocery stores, you’ll absolutely love this savory roast chicken recipe you can easily make at home. A whole chicken is drenched in a honey, lemon and garlic marinade then baked to juicy perfection. This roast chicken dinner is so delicious, we think it’s even better than those store-bought rotisserie chickens.

If you’re intimidated by baking a whole chicken, don’t be. Roasting a chicken is really easy, and it gives you that “special occasion” dinner feeling anytime of year. It works equally well for weeknight dinners, holidays and elegant events.

This whole roasted chicken recipe calls for a 5-pound chicken, but you can adjust cooking times as needed for smaller or larger chickens. Using this simple baked chicken recipe, your dinner should turn out moist, juicy and delicious.

The marinade is the key. Once you have the chicken covered in it, you just pop the bird in the oven and in less than two hours, you’ll have a perfect protein to pair with your favorite side dishes and vegetables. I served mine over rice, with a side of sautéed broccoli and cauliflower. Yum!

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 1/2 to 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours (approximately)
Servings: 4 to 5


  • 1 5-pound (or close to it) whole chicken, ready for baking
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • juice of 1 medium lemon
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place chicken in a roasting pan (I line mine with tin foil to make cleanup easier). Combine olive oil, honey, lemon juice, garlic and seasoning in a bowl and stir to blend.
  2. Pour and rub olive oil mixture over chicken, ensuring that it’s coated in the sauce. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Cover chicken with aluminum foil and place in preheated oven. Set timer for 1 hour. After 1 hour, remove chicken and baste it with the juices in the pan.
  4. Cover and bake another 30 minutes. Remove chicken and baste again. Put back in oven without foil. Let bake about 10 more minutes or until browned.
  5. Check internal temperature. Chicken is done when it reaches 165 degrees F on a meat thermometer (inserted deep into a thigh). When chicken is done, allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes before carving.

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Roasting Pans $10 & Up
Honey $4 & Up
Turmeric $3 & Up
Olive Oil $4 & Up
Dried Rosemary $4 & Up

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Great for meal planning too since you can use the yummy cooked chicken in other recipes as well.
Love baking whole chickens. This recipe makes such a juicy bird!
Elisa Schmitz
You're right about meal planning, bepositive , and I agree about baking whole chickens, Cassiday . It's an easy, delicious way to feed a family!

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