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Horizontal image of chicken pieces in a dark pan topped with lemons, next to a quinoa and vegetable side dish.

Citrus Roasted Chicken

  • Author: Kelli McGrane
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Marinated in a bright and herby lemon garlic sauce, this citrus roasted chicken is sure to become a Sunday night dinner staple.


  • 1/4 cup avocado or canola oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 whole roasted chicken (3-4 pounds), broken down into eight pieces
  • 2 lemons, sliced thin


  1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together oil, garlic, honey, lemon juice, parsley, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper. Set aside. 
  2. Place chicken pieces in a large resealable bag or container and pour marinade over the top. Marinate in fridge for 8 hours, or overnight. 
  3. When you’re ready to roast, preheat oven to 400oF. 
  4. Arrange half of the lemon slices in the bottom of a 9-by-11-inch baking dish and then place marinated chicken pieces on top in an even layer. Pour leftover marinade over chicken and then top with remaining lemon slices. 
  5. Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until the breasts reach an internal temperature of 165°F and the thighs are 170°F. 
  6. Remove from oven and let rest at least 10 minutes before serving.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Protein

Keywords: chicken, lemon