Roast Chicken With Lemon and Rosemary

Total Time
2hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs

This is from Emeril Lagasse. I changed the recipe around a bit. The sauce is absolutely wonderful, and the chicken has lots of flavor. I served this with Wild Rice With Cranberries And Caramelized Onions.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Emeril's directions were preheat oven to 500 degrees F and cook for 40-50 minutes, but I preheated the oven to 350 and cooked for approx 2 1/2 hours.
  2. So, here's the directions.
  3. Season the chicken inside and out with salt and pepper. Squeeze the lemon halves over the chicken and place the rinds inside the chicken. Place the bay leaves inside the chicken as well.
  4. In a small bowl combine the garlic, rosemary, olive oil and butter. Rub the chicken with the blend and place in a roasting pan.
  5. Roast until the chicken breast registers around 180-185 degree. Remove chicken saving juices (not fat).
  6. Place roast pan over high heat adding stock, roasted garlic, wine and rosemary to the juices. Bring to a boil and reduce gravy by half, until somewhat thick. Serve with chicken and enjoy.


Most Helpful

Outstanding!! I'm so glad I made this. The chicken was flavorful but not overpowering. I do think next time I'll use 2 lemons as well. I threw some garlic and rosemary in the cavity with the rest of the goods. I added some potatoes to the pan in preparation for gravy. Now for the GRAVY ... I'm a gravy FINATIC and think it's perfectly normal to eat it like soup. This is now on my top 5 gravy list. I used wondra to thicken mine a bit. I didn't add extra roasted garlic b/c I flat out forgot that step. I actually thought about having gravy for breakfast this morning but I decided it will best be served with leftovers tonight, lol. I can't wait to share this recipe. Thanks so much for posting. It's delicious, easy and economical.

jrusk March 26, 2009

This chicken is full of flavor. I did not make the gravy and I don't think it could of been any better. Thanks for sharing this method of cooking chicken. :)

Amber of AZ July 27, 2007

Mmmm! The gravy was outstanding and our mashed potatoes were treated to it as well as the chicken parts. I used a LOT more roasted garlic than called for because I make a huge batch, squeeze portions out into ziplocks, then freeze it and there's about 3 heads per package. But that's ok because we think of ourselves as having garlic coursing through our veins instead of blood. ;) I cooked this at 400F for a little under 2 hours and it was plenty done. Delicious, thank you, Chill!

Sandi (From CA) July 20, 2007

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