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Lemon, Garlic & Rosemary Roasted Chicken

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!!

4.7 from 22 reviews
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. I just finished eating this chicken and just had to leave a review. The flavors are delicious and I already had everything in my fridge and pantry. I didn’t do a whole chicken as I didn’t want to make an extra trip to the supermarket so I used 5 chicken leg quarters. Besides that, I followed the recipe exactly… this chicken left my husband sucking on the bones! Awesome crispy skin! Thanks!

  2. All I can say is umm umm good, delicious. I haven’t made a roasted chicken in years, always hated washing the bird. When I saw your recipe, I just had to make. Made this Saturday dang Mo awesome. Thank you as always.

  3. I made this tonight along with your southern macaroni & cheese recipe (which I’ve made a few times and is my boyfriend’s favorite) and this was a hit!! She’s right… the combination of lemon, garlic and rosemary is magical!

  4. I don’t think using the zest of 4 lemons is a good idea maybe 2 cause I just followed the recipe and the chicken came out BITTER because of the lemon zest. Other than that it was good but left overs will not be ate and my Hubs hated it. So back to engagement chicken it is.

    • HI Desiree, I’d like to respond about the bitterness you experienced. You may have zested your lemon too vigorously. If you get the white pithy material under the colored outer-most most skin it is definitely bitter. When zesting your citrus fruits don’t press too hard and turn the fruit in your hand frequently.
      I hope you try this recipe again, or something like it to practice your “zesty” skills! :-)

  5. A wonderful recipe! We cut back on the garlic (my family’s preference) and it was still out of this world! So moist and juicy! Thanks for sharing.

  6. This recipe is amazing! I was so afraid to cook my chickens with butter so I’ve been doing a Greek style with olive oil all these years. I can’t believe what I was missing with butter!! I’ve made this dish once a week for the past month and I’m going to continue to until we get tired of it. (Which I highly doubt!) I’m making the Cajun Fried to go with them tonight ..Thank you so much for sharing your recipes!

  7. The Family loved it. Thanks for a great recipe. Lemony goodness!!!

  8. Just wanted to shout out about your recipe. I have been using it the last few times I have baked chicken and my birds turn out perfecto every time! I will never go back to my old way of baking chicken. This recipe is superb and the left over chicken is absolutely fantastic for chicken salad. Love your site!

  9. Couldn’t get enough! Good job love the recipes keep it coming! :)

  10. Oh my, oh my, oh my
    Made the Lemon, Garlic
    & Rosemary
    Roasted Chicken.

    I was smitten………

    The palate delighted.
    The senses on overdose.
    The tastes divine.
    The tummy full.

    This ain’t no bull.

    Good job Monique.
    Keep up the great work.
    You brought a smile to my face,
    And a great nap after the fact.

    Happy gastrointestinal tract………

  11. Just made this today. This was SO good. Possibly the best today chicken I’ve ever made. Definitely making this again. This would be great for a small crowd

  12. Monique,
    This recipe was the bomb. I used chicken breast and it came out amazing. Thanks so much for your blogs and recipes. I have made quite and a few and you never disappoint. I am truly a fan!! You inspire me to cook more.

  13. Will this recipe work for cornish hens?

  14. I made this not too long ago and it was amazing! I served mashed potatoes with the rosemary and garlic in them, yumm! I want to make this recipe for the small turkey I am making for thanksgiving, what do you think? Not sure it would make a good gravy? If you think I should stick to one of your turkey recipes, I will with no pressure. Your recipes haven’t failed me yet!

  15. I tried the chicken recipe and it was very good. I did forget to put the butter mixture under the skin which I regret doing because I know the chicken would have turned out even better. This is a definite keeper in my recipe collection. As a woman from the North, but with roots in the South and from a long line of great cooks- who have published recipes in cookbooks, I love Southern style cooking/Soul Food and tend to cook big dinners on Sundays. This chicken will definitely be invited for dinner again real soon!

  16. OMG!!!! This recipe was BOMB.COM!! This was my first time roasting a whole chicken and I was a lil nervous. The end result made me feel like a master chef lol. The flavor of the chicken was so delicious I wish I had made two. It was also super moist, the skin was nice and crispy and now I’m a firm believer of your recipes mo. Thanks so much for helping a diva become a better cook!

  17. This recipe was excellent, I loved the slight taste of lemon and rosemary. I actually sprinkled garlic seasoning as I totally forgot the fresh garlic I chopped. It still came out delicious. Keep them coming Monique!!!

  18. I never leave comments but I’ve made this three times in the last three weeks and it’s so delicious!!! Thanks for the recipe!

    I give this 5 stars (because I can’t get the rating to work)!

  19. I made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing!!! My family loved it!!!! It was so juicy, tender and full of flavor! Thanks Monique:-)

  20. This recipe is bomb.com i will deff be making this again very soon

  21. I made this tonight with a few modifications. I couldn’t bare spending $3 on lemons so I just omitted them from the recipe and I made a salt and sugar brine for the chicken. I marinated the chicken in the brine for four hours before baking. I paired this delicious chicken with those vegetarian greens. I “cain’t” wait to eat!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much. I’ve always been the baker in the family, never the cook. Your recipes are helping me sharpen my cooking skills.

    • How can you rate Moniques recipe when you changed it all together? When you change or alter the recipe in any way it is no longer the same. Therefore your comments are irrelevant to anyone who is checking out the taste results on this particular recipe. I apologize for venting but its very irritating to see people change the recipe listed. JMO.

  22. I made this for dinner last night and it was phenomenal! The whole family enjoyed it. Mmm mmm good!

  23. Just made this chicken and it’s the best roasted chicken I’ve ever had. Thanks for the recipe.

  24. That came out amazing! My family is still in the kitchen fighting over the scraps. Thanks so much :)

  25. Delicious! The chicken was so tender and tasty.

  26. Monique,
    This roasted chicken was a hit for my family. Everyone enjoyed the great tasting chicken. The lemon, garlic, and rosemary was great together. Flavorful and tasty!


  27. Ms. Monique, I’m 14 and like you I am a Southerner from Orlando, Florida. I came across your blog and I immediately subscribed to it. Long story short, I’ve tried your sweet tea and Southern green beans and vegan collard greens recipe and I’m making this chicken for my dad for Father’s Day! Thanks and keep us posted. P.S. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  28. Yum! Smelled so good I could not wait the 15 min for it to cool, absolutely delish! I love anything lemon and rosemary!

  29. Long story short, i’m making this for the second time this week. This is phenomenal!!!

  30. I love this recipe! That mixture used on the chicken was delicious! The only thing I recommend and will do next time is poking holes in the chicken so the salt and seasoning can get inside the meat as well and not just the outside. I will definitely cook this again! Thanks!

  31. Yes! This was soooo good! Love this combo.

  32. Mo I made this for Sunday dinner with garlic mashed red potatoes , cabbage, mac n cheese oh my men put a hurting on it. I made 2 chicken’s they never stood a chance. Thanks for a new staple recipe.

  33. I made this recipe for dinner last night. Girl when I tell you this was good I mean it was GOOD! My husband and I loved it. Your recipes a wonderful thank you.

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