White House Chicken (Oregano Chicken)

Total Time
5hrs 5mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 5 hrs

From a community cookbook that I removed and had in a pile. It says it's from The White House. Not sure what year but here it is. Note: 3-4 hrs. marination. Can bake or grill this easy recipe.* I have another version of this recipe called Chicken Oregano where you just rub the spices and lemon juice on a whole chicken, about 2 1/2 lbs.,inside and out, and then place in a 7 X 10 inch baking dish with 1 cup of water and 1/2 stick of butter. Bake at 400 degrees F. until golden brown and then lower oven to 350 degrees F. and bake for about 30-40 minutes longer, basting frequently. That recipe was from Katherine Beeson of the Azalia Garden Club, Marion, SC. I found the recipe again as a favorite of Mrs. Richard Nixon from Favorite Recipes of our First Ladies, 1971. It is called Barbacued Chicken in that book.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine butter, lemon juice and seasonings.
  2. Marinate chickens for 3-4 hours in this butter sauce.
  3. Grill, basting often with remainder of the sauce or you can bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until chicken is cooked, basting often.
Most Helpful

5 5

Yum! I used it on boneless skinless chicken thighs.I marinated them overnight then baked them for 25 minutes. The result was tender, yummy chicken. Thank you.

5 5

This chicken is great. I am not a fan of breast and it is even very moist.