Roast Chicken with Lemon and Rosemary Recipe


5 from 2 votes
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Roast Chicken has to be one of the most versatile recipes you can make. It works perfectly for a casual family supper as well as a more elegant evening entertaining friends. You can make it a comfort meal all the way with smashed potatoes and green beans or bring it up a notch with some roasted asparagus and pots de creme for dessert. Believe me, when I have no idea what to serve, time and again, I turn to my trusted roast chicken.

Roast Chicken with Lemon and Rosemary | ©

Especially this version with lemon and rosemary. This roast chicken is bright and flavorful and absolutely mouth-wateringly delicious.

Roast Chicken with Lemon and Rosemary | ©

I simply prepare my chicken by giving it a really good rinse inside and out, being sure to remove anything packaged inside the chicken. Then, I place it into a cast iron skillet just large enough to hold it while it is roast.

I cut a few lemons into wedges, cut sprigs of rosemary from my rosemary plant and place inside and around my chicken.

A quick rub of softened butter or olive oil and my chicken is off and into the oven to roast away.

Roast Chicken with Lemon and Rosemary | ©

Here’s my Roast Chicken with Lemon and Rosemary recipe. I hope you love it as much as we do!

Roast Chicken with Lemon and Rosemary Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Roast Chicken with Lemon and Rosemary makes a delicious, elegant and easy meal to serve when entertaining or for a family meal at home. Get this roast chicken recipe that is sure to be a family favorite.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1 (5-6) pound whole chicken, cleaned with giblet removed
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • olive oil, or softened butter
  • salt and pepper
  • Garnish, optional
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • 3 sprigs rosemary


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees with the skillet inside the oven. When the skillet and oven have preheated, remove the skillet from the oven and place the chicken inside of the skillet.
  • Place lemon quarters, rosemary sprigs, and garlic in the cavity of the chicken. Tie legs using kitchen twin if you so choose.
  • Coat the chicken well with olive oil or softened butter and then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Roast chicken for 15-20 minutes per pound or until an internal probe registers 165 degrees when inserted into the breast of the chicken.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to rest for about 5-10 minutes to allow the juices to return to the meat.
  • Use pan juices to baste the chicken, if desired.
  • Garnish with lemon quarters and rosemary sprigs, optional.


Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 173mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Recipe Review


  1. Kent says:

    Currently my second round in the oven as I write 
    The first one was simply delicious 
    Recommend basting with butter and minced garlic every minutes 

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Glad you enjoyed it, Kent! Thanks!

  2. Suzanne Reid says:

    5 stars
    Wonderful!  Chicken was flavorful and fell off the bone!

  3. Chota bheem says:

    5 stars
    Lemon & Rosemary make for a WONDERFULLY DELICIOUS roasted chicken.

  4. Tracey @ Cooking with Love says:

    I love cooking a roasted chicken in a cast iron skillet! Your photos always pop and are always so beautiful, crisp and clear! 🙂

  5. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction says:

    Love roasted chicken! Lemon and rosemary are perfect flavors for it!

  6. Wenderly says:

    Beautiful! Bet it will make my kitchen smell as wonderful as it looks!!

  7. steph@stephsbitebybite says:

    I always forget how good a simple roast chicken can be!! I want this for dinner tonight!

  8. bridget {bake at 350} says:

    Love these flavors, Robyn! And, it looks so pretty in that skillet!

  9. Liz says:

    Thank you, Robyn. A nice simple recipe. Have a Happy Thursday!

  10. Becki's Whole Life says:

    I have a chicken in my fridge right now and this sounds like a wonderful flavor combo! I like your technique of putting the skillet in the oven to heat it up before roasting. Will have to try that!