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.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins

Yield: 5-6 1x


  • For the Chicken:
  • 1012 chicken legs
  • 45 slices lemon
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • For the Marinade:
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • Zest from 2 lemons
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 TB melted butter
  • 2 TB sugar
  • 2 TB fresh or dried rosemary
  • 2 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp fresh or dried thyme
  • 1/41/2 tsp red pepper flakes


  1. Hand-whisk together all marinade ingredients in a large bowl until well combined. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  • Author: Chew Out Loud
  • Category: Main Dish, Dinner