Spatchcocked Roasted Lemon Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots

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Well. I don’t know what kind of weather you’ve been having where you are, but here in Chicago, we’re receiving a little bit of a blizzard.

Are you looking for an easy to make supper for those busy weeknights? If so, try our this lemon roasted chicken recipe. Prep time is 15 minutes. Get in now on Foodal.

Actually, that’s not right. There’s nothing little about it. Six inches of fluffy white fell fast and furious through the end of my work day and into my commute, meaning what usually makes for a 30-minute drive stretched to just under two hours, full of fishtailing and slushy slow-crawling and, well, clutching the steering wheel while fighting back tears.

Through all that time in the car, I spent a lot of time thinking, mainly about how only an idiot doesn’t fill up her gas tank the morning of a projected snowstorm.

But that was quickly followed by the list of people I could call if I hit empty before reaching an exit, and then a realization that I am blessed indeed.

One pan and sheet pan meals are often the best way to serve home cooked meals on busy weeknights. This lemon chicken with veggies recipe is no exception. In 15 minutes, you can have all of the ingredients ready to go, in the pan, and in the oven. Find it on Foodal now.

Also, I knew that if I ever did reach home again (and I was praying with all my heart and shaking hands that I would), there was a golden roasted chicken waiting for me.

The chicken, a shining triumph in my eyes, was the fruit of having Monday off work and spending the day – where else? In the kitchen.

My blogging friend, Macheesmo, recently posted his version of Roasted Lemon Chicken. And the moment I saw it, I knew I would make it. I mean, really, look at it!

Since he mentioned being inspired by Tyler Florence, I checked out Food Network as well, and what I created was a combination of the two recipes.

A colorful blend of baby potato types and carrots roasted in a cake pan | Foodal

It was simply delicious: moist, tender, garlicky, and filled with refreshing citrus.

At first bite, it reminded me of those rotisserie chickens you can buy at the grocery store – which, if you were to spy on me when I need a fast meal, is the kind of thing you’d see me grabbing, along with a loaf of fresh, crusty Italian bread.

But a few more bites in, I realized it was better than that. Like, OH BOY, better. The-reward-at-the-end-of-a-long-commute better. Did-I-really-make-this better!?

I gave some to my brother, who raved about how much he loved it and then emailed me this afternoon to tell me again that it was amazing.

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And I knew, steadying my vehicle on the final hill two stoplights before home, that it would be a warm, comforting, satisfying dinner on a night when I felt cold and wet and in need of something hearty.

Here’s another thing you should know about this meal: it’s very easy. I promise.

You season the bird, stuff it with a quartered lemon, half a head of garlic, and some herbs, and stick it in a roasting pan, surrounded by potatoes and carrots.

The veggies at the bottom support the bird so that it doesn’t become drenched in its own juices. This is not an experiment in braising – we want a crispy skin.

Oh, and it goes fast. When I finally arrived at home, wanting to kiss the ground and collapse on the sofa, the roasted chicken carcass was on the counter, completely eaten.

I’m just saying: You won’t want to wait on this one.

The Recipe

A roasted lemon chicken carcass over a bed of potatoes and carrots inside of a cake pan showcasing a crispy skin | Foodal
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A tasty chicken dinner that takes only 10 minutes of prep time, with meat overflowing with juicy goodness and a nice crispy skin. Get the recipe now on Foodal.
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5 people 10 minutes
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A roasted lemon chicken carcass over a bed of potatoes and carrots inside of a cake pan showcasing a crispy skin | Foodal
Roasted Lemon Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots
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Rating: 3.8
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A tasty chicken dinner that takes only 10 minutes of prep time, with meat overflowing with juicy goodness and a nice crispy skin. Get the recipe now on Foodal.
Servings Prep Time
5 people 10 minutes
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1 hour 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 10 minutes
  • 1 pound carrots coarsely chopped or baby carrots
  • 3/4 pound red new potatoes chopped to bite size if necessary
  • 3/4 pound fingerling potatoes chopped to bite size if necessary
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4.5 pound free-range whole chicken
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt medium coarse or flaky preferred
  • 1/4 teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper or more to taste
  • 1 lemon quartered
  • 1/2 head garlic
  • 1/4 bunch rosemary
  • 1/4 bunch parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder or more to taste
Servings: people
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Place the carrots and potatoes in the 9x13" cake pan and toss with olive oil.
  3. Remove any pin feathers from the chicken. Spatchcock the bird by removing the backbone and crushing the rib cage. Season the cavity with salt and pepper, and then stuff the lemon quarters, garlic (chop a garlic head right in half, easy as that) and herbs inside. Place the chicken, breast side up, in a roasting pan ON TOP of the carrots and potatoes.
  4. Season the whole thing with a fair amount of salt and pepper and the garlic and onion powders. Place in the oven.
  5. Roast the chicken and root vegetables for approximately one hour until a meat thermometer reads 150°F when inserted into the breast.* Cook to temperature and not time.
  6. Once the meat is fully cooked, remove the chicken to a platter and let stand for at least 10 minutes tented loosely with foil, so the juices settle back into the meat before carving. Serve with the roasted potatoes and carrots on the side.
Recipe Notes

*The US FDA recommends 165°F as the minimum cooking temperature for poultry but that tends to overcook the breast. Many professional chefs shoot for 150°F on the breast and 170 - 180°F in the deepest part of the thigh right out of the oven. The bird will continue to cook a bit after removing it from the oven. You are warned and are responsible for your own actions.

Nutritional Information*

Nutrition Facts
Roasted Lemon Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1180 Calories from Fat 666
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 74g 114%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 361mg 120%
Sodium 742mg 31%
Potassium 884mg 25%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 6g
Protein 79g 158%
Vitamin A 359%
Vitamin C 68%
Calcium 11%
Iron 35%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Cooking by the Numbers…

Step 1 – Prepare the Chicken

Wash the bird and remove the gizzard, heart, and liver. Remove any remaining pin feathers.

Remove the wishbone. This is really optional but it makes carving the breast much easier, and it is a quick process once you’ve done it a time or two.

Top view of a raw chicken being spatchcocked and the wishbone removed | Foodal

Spatchcock the chicken by cutting out the backbone with a pair of poultry shears and breaking the ribs.

Again, this is a super simple process that takes just a minute or two once you’ve done it a few times. And I guarantee you’ll roast most of your chickens this way in the future. Here’s an article with detailed instructions on how to do it.

Step 2 – Mise en Place

Preheat your oven to 375°F. I like to use a convection style toaster oven for small meals, as they heat up quickly and don’t heat up the kitchen.

Chop any larger sized potatoes into thirds or quarters. Peel your carrots with a veggie peeler and chop into large chunks.

All the ingredients laid out for the Spatchocked Roasted Lemon Chicken along with a Japanese Gyuto kitchen knife along with an Oxo vegetable peeler | Foodal
The chef’s knife pictured here is a type of Japanese cooking knife called a Gyuto. This one features a traditional “wa” handle and is made by Yoshihiro. It’s one of my favorite cutting implements.

Gather the rest of your ingredients to establish your mise en place, so everything will be ready to go.

Step 3 – Assemble

Place your chopped veggies into a lipped sheet pan, roasting pan, or as I did here, a 9-by-13-inch cake pan. Drizzle olive oil over the top and toss to coat.

A cake pan full of multicolored baby potatoes and carrots | Foodal

Stuff your herbs, garlic, and lemons into what is left of the cavity.

The fresh rosemary and oregano along with lemon sections tucked in the cavity of the chicken | Foodal

Apply liberal amounts of medium flaky sea salt, fresh ground pepper, powdered garlic, and powdered onion to the skin. We are attempting to dry the skin out in the minimal amount of time, like a dry brine would give you. But since we may have a hungry significant other or kids who believe they are “starving” we’re skipping the whole 24-hour brining process.

Top view of the slated and season chicken over veggies in a cake pan | Foodal

This dried skin will help to protect the interior and keep it moist while producing a crispy exterior – the antithesis of the slimy chicken skin that no one likes.

Step 3 – Roast

Place your bird into a full sized oven or a convection style toaster oven; the one shown below is the Breville Smart Oven Air and it’s a very handy piece of kit to have in the kitchen (especially during the holidays when you need extra oven space).

The roasted chicken is being removed from the Breville Smart Oven Air. A meat thermometer reads 150°F | Foodal

Bake until the breast temperature reaches 150°F and the dark meat is 170 – 180°F; this should take about an hour. Check with an accurate meat thermometer.

Note: the US FDA recommends 165°F as the minimum cooking temperature for poultry but most chefs and extraordinary home cooks believe that overcooks the breast, since residual heat will continue to cook the meat after it’s removed from the oven. This is your choice and we aren’t responsible for any “issues” that may arise.

You can also “tent” the bird just out of the oven or smoker to encourage an additional rise in temperature if desired.

Step 4 – Carving (Optional)

You can leave the carcass intact or you can seperate the thighs, drumsticks, and wings as shown below.

Top view of a white plate with lemon chicken quarters and wings | Foodal
Use a sharp boning knife to separate the breast from the ribs into two halves.

Top down view of lemon roasted chicken breast sliced apart on a cutting board by a boning knife | Foodal

And then thinly slice across the grain for a nice presentation and easy eating.

Oblique view of a lemon roasted chicken breast being sliced across the grain with a boning knife | Foodal

And voila, you’ve roasted a juicy bird with a crispy exterior in a little over an hour. Enough to feed a family of four with minimal prep time.

A roasted lemon chicken carcass over a bed of potatoes and carrots inside of a cake pan | Foodal

How about you? How do you like to cook your chicken? Let us know in the comments below, and make sure to check out all of our delicious poultry recipes!

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Do you want a tasty chicken dinner that takes only 10 minutes of prep time? One with meat overflowing with juicy goodness but also with a nice crispy skin? You really need to check out this roasted lemon chicken that is roasted over a bed of potatoes and carrots. A true one pan meal. Get this super easy recipe now.

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Photos by Mike Quinn, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published December 16th, 2008. Revised and updated January 12th, 2018, with additional writing and editing by Mike Quinn.

*Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

About Shanna Mallon

Shanna Mallon is a freelance writer who holds an MA in writing from DePaul University. Her work has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including The Kitchn, Better Homes & Gardens, Taste of Home,, Foodista, Entrepreneur, and Ragan PR. In 2014, she co-authored The Einkorn Cookbook with her husband, Tim. Today, you can find her digging into food topics and celebrating the everyday grace of eating on her blog, Go Eat Your Bread with Joy. Shanna lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with Tim and their two small kids.

15 thoughts on “Spatchcocked Roasted Lemon Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots”

  1. so glad you made it home safely!

    first, i love tyler florence. second, i loooove chicken like this. moist and tender, wonderfully warm. and the fact that it’s so easy to prepare makes it all the better!

    be safe out there, stay warm!

  2. yum! i loooooove coming home after a long commute to a hot, already-made meal. i had a similar experience a couple of days ago, involving bad weather (surprise), a running-late metra train, a crock-pot, and stew. more details in an upcoming post. 🙂

    so impressed with your roast chicken! ya know, the test of a truly good chef is her roast chicken. i’d say you passed with flying colors.

  3. gooodness gracious, for every recipe i gotta go buy some new pan or thingamabob. 🙂 grinn::

    guess i just have a beginners kitchen 🙂

  4. Thank YOU, Nick! Loved this one!

    Lan: I’m glad I’m alive, no joke. Today is an ice storm in Chicago, and I’m home sick with a head cold. Insane winters!

    Jacqui: Aw, such nice things you say. BTW: I’ve always thought I would HATE Metra commuting, but it sounds great, if only to mean I wouldn’t drive.

    Amy: Ooh, good! Let me know if you like it!

    Rae: You are hilarious. What pan would you need for this? Just use the largest oven-safe one you have; it’ll work!

  5. My chicken is rinsed patted dry, stuffed with S & P, garlic, onion, and rosemary and tied up with string–ready to pop in the oven this afternoon with potatoes, carrots and turnips. I can’t wait! I’ll let you know how we like it!

  6. Well, this might be the most FRUSTRATING meal I’ve ever HAD!!!

    The chicken and potatoes were gorgeous. I should have taken a picture! My husband and both my sons loved it. Compliments galore.

    But I couldn’t taste a single thing. I’ve been sick with a dreadful cold for 5 days and this is the first day I’ve felt like cooking. I knew I was in trouble when I couldn’t smell it cooking. Tom came in the back door–“mmm, what’s cooking!”

    I will tell you that the chicken was moist and tender, the skin was crispy, and the peppery skin had a lovely spicy ‘bite’ to it. At least my tongue told me that it must be so.

    Everyone encouraged me to make it again as soon as I could taste again.

    I think I will!!

  7. Oh, Kim, I’m SO sorry to hear you couldn’t really taste anything! What a huge disappointment, especially after all the work of making it! Glad it looked good at least, and good your husband got to smell it, ha. Next time, I hope you will, too! Thanks for letting me know how it went!

  8. It was really awful because I KNEW just by looking at it that it was delicious.

    I had some potatoes leftover and a fair amount of meat once I picked the bones. Tom said the broth in the roaster was fabulous, so I saved that along with the drippings from the platter. I think I’ll make a roast chicken and potatoes hash with the leftovers. If I do, I’ll take a picture and report back.


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