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Lemon and Herb Roast Chicken Recipe

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Roast Chicken Recipe

Try this delicious chicken recipe roasted with lemon and herb.

Try this delicious chicken recipe roasted with lemon and herb.

Whole Chicken Recipe

If you are looking for an easy whole chicken recipe, this lemon and herb roast chicken is one that you must try. Roasted in the oven with a delicious blend of lemon juice, olive oil, and a variety of spices gives this chicken its moist and delectable flavor. This dish is perfect to serve at a dinner party with friends or just as a tasty family meal that will satisfy even the pickiest eater.

For those families living on a budget, roasting a whole chicken can help save a lot of money as the leftovers can easily be turned into a second meal for later on in the week. Our almost 5-pound lemon and herb chicken gave our family of four enough leftovers to use in a chicken fajita casserole that we made a couple of nights later. If you would like to learn how to make this whole chicken recipe, read further for a list of ingredients and easy to follow directions with helpful step-by-step pictures.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

1 hour 30 min

1 hour 45 min

Serves 8 people 10 ounces of chicken

Lemon and Herb Chicken Ingredients

The ingredients to make lemon and herb roast chicken.

The ingredients to make lemon and herb roast chicken.


  • 4–5 pound whole chicken
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 cup onions, sliced

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have one of the above ingredients on hand, try one of these substitutions in your roast chicken recipe:

  • 2 tbsp of olive oil—2 tbsp of melted butter
  • 1 lemon—3 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of onion slices—4 tbsp of dried minced onion or 1 tsp of onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp of rosemary—1/4 tsp of thyme, tarragon, or savory
  • 1/2 tsp of thyme—1/2 tsp of basil, marjoram, oregano, or savory

Lemon and Herb Roast Chicken Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Rinse the whole chicken under cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Remove the bag of giblets from inside the cavity. For an evenly cooked and more attractive looking chicken, watch the video for tips on how to truss your chicken with and without string.
  2. Place the chicken in a 13x9-inch roasting pan. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice from one half into a small bowl. Add the olive oil and mix well. Brush a little over half of the liquid mixture onto the outside and inside of the chicken. Save the leftover mixture to be used later.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the garlic powder, salt, and pepper and rub on the outside and inside of the chicken. Next, mix together the parsley, rosemary, and thyme. Rub these spices all over the chicken.
  4. Cut enough onion slices to fill one cup and slice the remaining half of the lemon. Take all of these slices and stuff them into the cavity of the chicken.
  5. Place the roasting pan uncovered into the oven for 1 hour and 30 minutes or 20 minutes per pound of chicken. Halfway through the cooking time, baste the chicken with the remaining olive oil and lemon juice mixture.
  6. If using a meat thermometer, the chicken is ready when the internal temperature reaches at least 180 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also tell if the chicken is done by the legs moving easily in their sockets and the meat on the inside is no longer pink. Cover with aluminum foil and let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Roast Chicken Poll

Oven Roasted Chicken Recipe

Although our family has only roasted this lemon and herb chicken recipe in the oven, I have no doubt that it tastes just as good in a crockpot or slow cooker. If you are going to be out of the house for work or errands, baste your chicken with the above ingredients and throw it in your crockpot to cook for 4–5 hours on the high setting or 8–9 hours on the low setting. I would recommend layering the bottom of the crockpot with onions cut in rings to give the chicken a good base to lay on. This onion base helps the skin on the bottom to not soak in the juices all day and gives it a chance to cook to a golden brown like the rest of this delicious chicken.

I hope you have found a delicious and easy recipe for your lemon and herb roast chicken. If you have any questions or comments about any part of the above recipe, feel free to leave these in the comment section below and I will be happy to respond. Enjoy your chicken!

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© 2012 Alissa Roberts


peachy from Home Sweet Home on May 19, 2015:

bookmark this page for this year thanksgiving dinner, voted up and shared

Rumana from Sharjah, UAE on May 19, 2015:

Wow !!! your dish looks very tempting and yummy. Can't wait any more to try out this recipe. You have mentioned the recipe very beautifully with awesome pictures.

Voted up and useful and shared.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on March 16, 2015:

What a delicious recipe. I would love to try it sometime for one down-sized on one or two servings. Voted up for usefulness!

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Kawika Chann from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place on April 27, 2014:

This really looks great. I luv the format, pics, and step-by-step. Great job. I love chicken, I can eat it everyday, and not tire. This is a recipe I can fall back on. Thanks so much for sharing. Upvoted/beautiful/and follow. Keep 'em coming. Peace. Kawi.

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on February 20, 2014:

Thanks so much! I actually am making this one tonight and had to log on to make sure I had all the ingredients. Appreciate you stopping by and for the kind words!

swilliams on February 07, 2014:

alssaroberts Your pictures are amazing and the recipe is very well explained! I like your articles they are very engaging!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on September 10, 2012:

Happy to hear that the pictures are so eye pleasing because this chicken is really delicious! Hope you get the chance to try it out :) Thanks so much for the vote up and for adding your sweet comments!

carol stanley from Arizona on September 08, 2012:

This looks so delicious. Your photos are excellent and mouthwatering. Thanks for sharing this perfect chicken. Voting UP.

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on August 26, 2012:

Thanks so much for your kind words Ghaelach! This roast chicken recipe is perfect for a delicious Sunday meal with family and friends. Hope you enjoy it and have a wonderful Sunday as well!

Ghaelach on August 26, 2012:

Hi Alissa.

Just got back online and what a nice surprise when I opened up my HP account and have this awesome recipe waiting for me.

Now who can I invite round for an evening meal?

Have a nice sunday

LOL Ghaelach

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on August 21, 2012:

Aww thanks katedonavon! All the males in my house loved this recipe - even the little one and he is the pickiest eater you will ever meet :) If you decide to give it a try, I hope you enjoy it! Appreciate you stopping by!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on August 21, 2012:

Thanks so much theclevercat! I hope ol' Julia would have approved this recipe :) I keep trying a different variety of spices and rubs with these whole chickens and this one was delish! Appreciate the votes and for the pin!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on August 21, 2012:

Thanks so much K9 for all your kind words! It was so good. At first I was worried that it would be overpowered with lemon, but it wasn't at all. All of the spices and lemon juice blended together perfectly. Appreciate the vote up and for the share!

katedonavon on August 21, 2012:

Wow, beautiful and looks delicious! I rarely cook whole chickens but this one might actually be one I will try. I get rave reviews from my husband whenever I make your Santa Fe Chicken...I bet he'd like this one too. :)

Rachel Vega from Massachusetts on August 21, 2012:

Oh man! This looks fab and the pictures are a dream. I bet even "non-cooks" could manage this. It seriously looks like something Julia Child would have made. Voted up and across, will be pinning too! Mmmmm

India Arnold from Northern, California on August 20, 2012:

Holy smokes, Alissa! This is a perfect recipe. I really like that you give options for using the leftovers, as well as alternate cooking techniques. This truly is a budget friendly recipe with it all...and those beautiful pictures are making me want a bite of that roasted chicken right now! Totally delicious article. Up and shared!


Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on August 20, 2012:

Haha Billy! Well if you are paying, then I better go pack my bags! Seriously you have got to try this one - delish! Thanks so much for stopping by and making me laugh :D

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on August 20, 2012:

You are absolutely right RTalloni! After about 5 minutes of roasting this chicken in the oven, you could smell it through the entire house. My husband literally started drooling when he came home from work :D Thanks so much for stopping by!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 20, 2012:

There should be a rule on HubPages that recipes this delicious can't be posted until after dinner. This looks so good; I can almost smell it roasting. I will pay you to come to Washington and make this for me....please!!!!!!!

RTalloni on August 20, 2012:

How fragrant this would make the house, and what a lovely meal it would be! Thanks for this easy step-by-step recipe hub. I'm going to look at your chicken fajita casserole.

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