Lemon, Garlic & Rosemary Roasted Chicken


What it is about a roasted chicken that makes me so happy? Something about it’s rustic golden appearance  and savory aroma is just so darn welcoming. I roast chickens pretty often just for the heck of it. I don’t need to have a recipe in mind  because I know you can always think of something to do with a roasted chicken like chicken tacos or chicken salad. Chicken always wins, especially in my house.

lemon garlic rosemary roasted chicken recipe
These three flavors go so well together.

Here is another one of my favorite roasted chicken recipes, lemon, garlic & rosemary roasted chicken. I still like my simple roasted chicken but on days when I want to kick it up a notch I go to this recipe.

Lemon Garlic Rosemary Roasted Chicken Recipe
Buttered up and ready for the oven!

It’s full of that fresh & simple  lemony, garlicky, rosemary flavor that I just can’t enough of. The skin roasts up so crisp and well seasoned from the butter. Gotta love a chicken roasted in butter! Nothing else like it, sorry.

lemon garlic rosemary roasted chicken recipe
Perfect Spring Chicken!


This lemon, garlic, rosemary chicken recipe also makes a mean chicken and rice soup if you have leftovers. The rosemary taste really good with the rice. I often serve this chicken with rice or roasted potatoes and whatever kind of veggies I have on hand. It’s an easy, simple meal with a great presentation.

Watch me make this Lemon, Garlic & Rosemary Chicken Recipe from start to finish!!

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Lemon, Garlic & Rosemary Roasted Chicken
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Recipe type: roasted chicken, dinner
  • 5lb whole chicken, washed & dried
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 large springs fresh rosemary, diced finely
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • zest of 4 lemons
  • salt & pepper
  • Fresh lemon juice (2 lemons)
  • Cavity stuffing (sliced lemons, sliced onions, spring of rosemary)
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Add butter to a medium sized bowl.
  3. Add in olive oil, rosemary, garlic and lemon zest.
  4. Stir to combine. Set aside.
  5. Generously season chicken with salt and pepper, including inside of the cavity.
  6. Brush the butter mixture onto the chicken generously covering up all of the chicken.
  7. Squeeze the juice of 2 lemons all over the chicken.
  8. Stuff the chicken with lemon slices, rosemary and onions.
  9. Tie together the legs if desired.
  10. Place chicken in roasting pan.
  11. Cook for 45 minutes and then baste.
  12. Return to oven and cook for another 15 minutes or until golden. Lightly tent with foil if chicken is browning too quickly.
  13. Let chicken cool for 15 minute before carving.
  14. Enjoy
~TIPS~ Use fresh ingredients for the best flavor.



  1. Martha says

    Thanks for this video! Very helpful. I followed a similar recipe last night to roast a chicken but couldn’t seem to make the butter mixture stick to the chicken – turns out I hadn’t softened the butter enough! The other recipe also didn’t say to put oil in with the butter. I’ll be following your instructions next time!

  2. Arielle says

    Can I do this recipe with a cetain part of the chicken? Eg. Legs or thighs or does the recipe require the whole chicken?

  3. Lori says

    I tried this receipe last night but did it in a clay roaster. I got it ready and put it in the oven cold and turned it on to 425. Baked it for 45 minutes, basted it and cover again for another 45 mins but lowered the temperature to 400 when I returned the roaster to the oven. Took the roaster top off and cooked it for less than 10 mins for a nice crispy skin. Also baked it on mini potatoes (they are almost like a greek lemon roasted potato) and then made cream and onions which was delicious with both the chicken and potatoes! I am drooling thinking of it, thank gosh theres some left overs for me!

  4. says

    Made this today. It’s was sooooo juicy and good. My daughter liked it as well. Thanks for another awesome recipe. I also made your greens with this. OMG, is all I have to say. They were the best greens I have ever had. I love you so much. Your recipes are easy and so tasteful. Your videos show us step by step on how to make each recipe. And I love you’re personality in the videos. Keep them coming,

  5. Toni says

    I hated making chicken because it was so boring to me but your site has opened my eyes! I have tried several of your chicken recipes and they are all delicious- including this one! My husband even commented on how juicy the WHITE meat was and that is saying a lot! YUM!

  6. says

    Tried this recipe for Thanksgiving and it was a massive success! Monique is my new favorite Diva! I decided to do this again tonight because it is so easy to prepare and I’m going to add in some of her yummy Weekday Candied Yams. Thanks so much for the recipes Monique, you rock!

  7. Anne says

    Luving this chicken….all the way in the UK! I’m telling all my chicas in London about this site! This plus the half dozen other dishes tried have been amazing! Keep them coming!!!?

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