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Lemon Chicken Recipe

Looking for an easy Lemon Chicken recipe? Learn how to make Lemon Chicken using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by stephiejo

Makes 6 servings



Simply Recipes, one of my husband's new favorites!

Recipe Ingredients for Lemon Chicken

1 whole chicken skin-on, bone-in, trimmed of excess fat
2 tbsp lemon zest
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tbsp fresh chopped thyme (or 2 teaspoons dried)
1 tbsp fresh chopped rosemary (or 1 teaspoon dried)
1 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tbsp melted butter
1 small onion, sliced
2 carrots

Recipe Directions for Lemon Chicken

  1. Method

  2. 1 Place lemon juice, lemon peel, garlic, thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper in a small bowl, whisk to combine. With the tip of a sharp knife, cut into each chicken piece one or two times by about 1/2 an inch. (This will help the marinade penetrate.) Place the chicken pieces and the marinade in a gallon-sized freezer bag. Rotate the bag so that all chicken pieces are coated with the marinade. Seal the bag and place in a bowl in the refrigerator (in case of leakage). Let marinate for 2 hours.

  3. 2 Preheat oven to 425F. Remove chicken from marinade and place in a single layer in a large baking dish, skin side up. Reserve the marinade. Use a pastry brush to brush a little melted butter on to each piece of chicken.

  4. 3 Bake for a total of 50 to 55 minutes, until the skins are crispy brown, and the chicken is cooked through, juices running clear (breasts have an internal temperature of 165F and thighs 175F). Half-way through the baking, at about the 25 minute mark, baste the chicken pieces generously with reserved marinade.

  5. Depending on the size of the breasts, they may be ready before the thighs, so if you are cooking a mix of chicken parts, keep that in mind, you may have to take them out of the oven before the thighs.

  6. Let rest, covered in foil, for 10 minutes before serving.

  7. 4 Pour the juices from the pan into a serving bowl. Use a tablespoon to skim the fat off the top (save the fat for cooking with later, or discard, but do not discard down the drain or it will solidify and clog your drain). Serve the chicken with the juices on the side or a little poured over the top of the chicken.

  8. Serve alone or with steamed rice.

  9. Yield: Serves 4-6.

Categories

Chicken, Main Dish, Bake

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 86.3g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
129
Calories from Fat
76
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
8.5g
13%
Saturated Fat
3.7g
19%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
35mg
12%
Sodium
455mg
19%
Potassium
188mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates
6.1g
2%
Dietary Fiber
1.6g
6%
Sugars
1.9g
Protein
7.9g
Vitamin A 73% Vitamin C 20%
Calcium 4% Iron 11%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
B
  Good points
  • Very high in vitamin A
  • High in vitamin C
  •   Bad points
  • High in saturated fat
  • High in sodium
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