Total Time
1hr 40mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

This recipe is very easy to prepare.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut up 1 lemon into 8 pieces and rub the outside of the chicken with the peel side of the pieces and then put the lemon pieces into the chicken with the garlic.
  2. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Pour a mixture of half of the olive oil and half of the butter on top and pour the rest inside of the chicken.
  4. Roast for 1 1/2 hours in a preheated oven of 325 degrees.
  5. Half and hour before chicken is done roasting pour the juice from the second freshly squeezed lemon over the top and sprinkle the chicken with the chopped parsley and return the chicken to the oven to finish roasting.
Most Helpful

I made this last night for supper club. I had two chickens, but only had 3 lemons, and 1 head of garlic, so I had to improvise. I used dried chopped garlic from penzey's inside one of the chickens instead of whole garlic cloves. Then, I put both chickens in my turkey roaster (covered) and put it in the oven at 450 for 20 minutes. I then lowered temp to 335 for an hour. Pulled off lid, Poured juice of one lemon and 3/4 chardonney over the top, then a couples pats of butter. cooked for another 15 minutes. Pulled chickens out of pan... leaving some yummy panjuices. So I sauted fennel and asparagus in the juices. AWESOME! What an incredible meal!

Susan D in Indianapolis, IN February 18, 2010

Wonderful! We all loved this chicken recipe. It was a change from our usual way I make chicken. The lemon flavor isn't that strong and that was perfect with us. I really was hoping for a very light lemon flavor and that what I got! This was very easy to put together, thanks for posting this one!

Nikki Kate November 04, 2008

This was the first whole bird I've ever done, and boy did it come out good! I did use sea salt rather than table salt. And, halfway through baking, I filled the bottom of the pan with quartered russet potatoes, tilted the pan to collect some of the juices, and then poured the juices over the potatoes and put it back in the oven. Those had to be the best roasted potatoes I've ever had, too!

sarikat August 18, 2007