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Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken

This Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken is incredibly easy and succulent. It’s a simple weeknight meal, yet delicious enough for the weekend.

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We’re getting a little too chummy with the orthopedics clinic.

All the peeps in my family have officially broken a bone. Not to mention all the close calls. We’ve got a collection of foot splints, finger splints, and arm casts.

Most recently, one of the Littles was knocked over when his jaw met a friends’ baseball bat in full swing. Add dislocated jaw to the list.

Please tell me that a house of boys doesn’t mean this is gonna keep happening…

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Seriously, the only bones I want to think about are chicken bones.

Roasted chicken. Plus loads of lemon and garlic. Plenty of yummy herbs. {Butter doesn’t hurt at all.}

That’s what this Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken has going for it.

This chicken is juicy, succulent, ultra-flavorful, and easy to pull off.

A Casserole of Garlic Roast Chicken with Lemon

Everyone devours this amazingly tender Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken.

(Even if they still have a slightly jumbled jaw.)

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A Casserole of Garlic Roast Chicken with Lemon

Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken

5 from 2 ratings
This Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken is incredibly easy and succulent. It's a simple weeknight meal, yet delicious enough for the weekend.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Amy Dong


For the Chicken:

  • 10-12 chicken legs
  • 4-5 slices lemon
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced

For the Marinade:

  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • Zest from 2 lemons
  • cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 TB melted butter
  • 2 TB sugar
  • 2 TB fresh or dried rosemary
  • 2 ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp fresh or dried thyme
  • ¼ - ½ tsp red pepper flakes


  • Hand-whisk together all marinade ingredients in a large bowl until well combined. Set aside.
  • Towel-dry chicken legs and use a fork to pierce holes throughout chicken pieces. Add to the large bowl with marinade. Turn to coat well and let sit in marinade for 1 hour at room temp.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425F, with rack on lower middle position. In a large baking dish, place chicken legs in a single layer. Evenly distribute marinade over the chicken. Arrange onion and lemon slices in between and around chicken pieces.
  • Bake uncovered for about 1 hour, basting with juices from the pan after 30 minutes. Baste every 10 minutes thereafter, until chicken is done and nicely browned. Let rest at room temp 5 minutes before serving. Serve chicken with juices poured over the top.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 215mg | Sodium: 1242mg | Potassium: 596mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 393IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: American

Source: Chew Out Loud

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    • Carman Milemon

    Hi! Can I use chicken thighs for this recipe?

      • chewoutloud

      Yes, Carman, you can! 🙂

    • Veronica
    • 5 stars

    Hi, I like your chicken recipes, definitely on my menu for next week and the week after.

    By the way, as the mother of 2 boys, both into sports (and not even the rough ones), I can tell you that it does just keep going. The last time I took my eldest to the hospital Casualty Dept (at 23) the triage nurse had to go through 3 screens of prior visits to log in the new one! I paid last year for a knee reconstruction for my youngest, 25 year old, a full-time student. Apparently even after they have moved out and are “supporting themselves” mothers get special dispensation allowing them to pay for knee reconstructions and physiotherapists!
    But who’d be without them?
    Still he was both a state and national (Australia) representative player. So there was a lot of pleasure and pride along the way too.
    Good luck!

      • chewoutloud

      Veronica, you’re so right…everyone tells me it doesn’t ever end…it just changes. Yikes! But we love our super active boys, right? #boymoms 🙂 Hope you find some yummy recipes here to keep those hungry stomachs happy 😉

    • Amelie Moore
    • 5 stars

    I made this last night for dinner and it was delicious! The recipe is so simple. My husband commented that it was the juiciest chicken he has ever had. I definitely bookmarked this recipe for future reference.

      • chewoutloud

      Yay, Amelie! So glad you guys liked it 🙂 Thanks for coming over to let us know!

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