Roast Chicken With Lemon, Oregano & Vermouth

READY IN: 50mins
Recipe by JandJs Mum

A delicious, easy meal that's perfect for during the week as it doesn't take a lot of time to prepare. I got the recipe from Food and Wine Magazine's Quick from Scratch - Italian. I usually serve it with rice, but is equally as good with potatoes.

Top Review by Abby Girl

This is a nice, simple everyday meal. I butterflied the chicken and layed it flat, removing any extra fat. I sprinkled over finely grated lemon peel and Vermouth. Next time, I would add the oil, then the Vermouth, adding the seasonings at the end, so that the seasonings do not get washed off. This meal is fast and easy and I have enough leftover chicken for sandwiches. I would do this recipe again!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat the chicken with 3 teaspoons of the oil. Put the pieces, skin-side up, in a large roasting pan. Sprinkle the chicken with the oregano, 1 tablespoon of the vermouth, the lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Drizzle the remaining teaspoon oil over the top.
  2. Cook the chicken until the breasts are just done, about 25 minutes. Remove the breasts and wings and continue to cook the drumsticks and thighs until done, about 5 minutes longer.
  3. Heat the broiler. Remove the roasting pan from the oven; return the breasts and wings to the pan. Broil the chicken until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pan.
  4. Pour off the fat from the roasting pan. Set the pan over moderate heat and add the remaining 1 tablespoon vermouth and the water. Bring to a boil, scraping the bottom of the pan to dislodge any brown bits. Boil until reduced to approximately 2 tablespoons. Add any accumulated juices from the chicken. Spoon the sauce over the chicken.
  5. Variation: If you prefer all white or dark meat, use four bone-in breasts, eight drumsticks, or eight thighs instead. Cook the breasts for twenty-five minutes or the legs for thirty minutes.
  6. Variation #2: I usually skin the chicken and it turns out just as wonderfully as the original.

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