Citrus Zest: Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken


Experience the vibrant flavors of our Citrus Zest: Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken. This dish is a celebration of simplicity and taste, featuring a whole chicken roasted to perfection with a golden, crispy skin, infused with the tangy zest of lemon and the aromatic punch of garlic. It's a perfect centerpiece for any gathering or a cozy family dinner.

Citrus Zest: Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Serving Size: 1 portion

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 500 kcal
  • Protein: 45g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Fat: 32g
  • Sodium: 600mg
  • Sugar: 1g


  • Whole Chicken: 1 (about 1.5kg or 3.3 lbs)
  • Lemons: 2
  • Garlic: 1 head
  • Fresh Thyme: 1 bunch
  • Olive Oil: 3 tbsp
  • Butter: 50g (1.76 oz)
  • Salt and Pepper: To taste

Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare Chicken: Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Season the chicken inside and out with salt, pepper, and olive oil.
  2. Stuff Chicken: Stuff with lemon halves, garlic cloves, and thyme.
  3. Roast: Place in a roasting pan. Roast for about 90 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
  4. Rest and Serve: Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before carving. Serve with roasted lemons and garlic.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Let the chicken come to room temperature before roasting.
  • Baste the chicken every 30 minutes for a moist result.
  • Use a meat thermometer to ensure proper cooking.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I add other herbs?

Absolutely! Rosemary and sage also work well.

How can I get a crispier skin?

Increase the oven temperature to 425°F (220°C) for the last 15 minutes.

Can I make gravy with the pan drippings?

Yes, it makes a delicious lemon-garlic gravy.