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Easy Lemon Herb Roast Chicken Recipe

Few things are better for dinner than roast chicken. Who knew that the a roast chicken recipe is actually really easy? You likely have all the ingredients for this delicious roast chicken in your crisper drawer and pantry. Leftover chicken can be used in chicken salad or other recipes later in the week.

Let your side dishes decide how fancy your roast chicken dinner will be. Serve with crockpot baked beans and a salad for a yummy faux bbq meal. Or make it a hearty sit down dinner with cornbread stuffing and steamed broccoli. Either way, your family will love it and you will likely have leftovers too. Keep an eye open at the market as whole chickens often go on sale and can go in the freezer for later.

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Yield: 6

Easy Lemon Herb Roast Chicken Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

An easy and delicious dinner that will please your entire family.


  • 3 pounds chicken (1 whole)
  • 2 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic, or garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 lemons, squeezed. Don't discard lemon. (or 4 Tbsp lemon juice)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Wash chicken thoroughly & remove any feathers that may still be hanging around. Dry with paper towels.
  3. Mix herbs together in a small bowl.
  4. Add olive oil and lemon juice.
  5. Mix well.
  6. Place chicken in a roaster. Stuff lemon halves (after squeezing the juice out) into the chicken cavity.
  7. Brush onto chicken. Cut a slit in the chicken skin over each of the breasts. Pour lemon herb mixture under the skin.
  8. Coat the entire chicken.
  9. Bake for 2 hours or until the chicken reaches 150 degrees in the thickest part of the thigh (not near the bone).


My chicken wasn't quite thawed so 2 hours was not enough (plus we didn't look up where to put the temp probe in so it falsely said it was done). I ended up chopping the chicken up and putting it back in the oven to finish.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 542Saturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 170mgSodium: 353mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gProtein: 42g

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Thursday 10th of May 2012

This sounds like the one I buy at Save On for $9.99 lol I am so bad!

Kim Page Gluckie

Thursday 10th of May 2012

Yum! Love lemon chicken. I've yet to cook one properly though. Raw chicken is never welcome at our house yet I keep repeating that mistake. Me + oven probe = error every time. :)


Wednesday 9th of May 2012

this sounds delicious and so easy! I love that it is a prepare it and leave it, I could get so much done with a dinner like this! Thanks for the inspiration!

Jennifer Belanger

Sunday 6th of May 2012

Maybe I should print this and put it on the fridge maybe my hubby will get the hint and make it for supper? I am such a bad cook!

Marriann Hammond

Saturday 5th of May 2012

Nom Nom Nom ... sounds mouth-watering. I'm always intimidated by roasting an entire chicken. Truthfully, I've never roasted a whole chicken. Can you believe that? LOL. I shall print this off and try it out for my family. Sounds delish.


Thursday 10th of May 2012

Nom nom nom is right, sounds good heh?! I don't think I have ever cooked a whole chicken either! : O


Saturday 5th of May 2012

I would never roast a chicken for the longest either. Other than making sure it is done, roasting chicken is one of the easiest meals ever.

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