Lemon Roasted Chicken

Reader Casey Coleman of Tallahassee, Florida recommends this recipe for a delicate, citrusy fragrance and flavor. Simply stuff lemon wedges and a handful of fresh herbs into the cavity before roasting.

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  • Servings: 4
Lemon Roasted Chicken

Photography: Lisa Cohen

Source: Everyday Food, December 2005


  • 4 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 lemons, washed and quartered
  • 1 whole chicken, (3 1/2 pounds), rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Stuff rosemary and 1 cut lemon into chicken cavity. Tuck wings under and tie chicken legs together with kitchen twine. Set chicken on a rack in a roasting or baking pan.

  2. Rub chicken all over with oil, and season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Roast until an instant-read thermometer registers 160 degrees when inserted in the thickest part of the thigh (avoiding bone), 45 to 50 minutes. Serve with fresh lemon quarters.


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