Mediterranean Bliss: Greek Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken


Embark on a culinary journey to the Mediterranean with our Greek Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken. This dish is a symphony of flavors, featuring a succulent chicken infused with bright lemon, aromatic garlic, and a blend of herbs reminiscent of the Greek isles. It's a simple yet elegant meal that's perfect for a family dinner or a special gathering.

Mediterranean Bliss: Greek Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Serving Size: 1 chicken quarter

Nutritional Profile (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 410 kcal
  • Protein: 35g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Fat: 28g
  • Cholesterol: 120mg
  • Sodium: 620mg
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugars: 1g


  • Whole chicken, cut into quarters: 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs)
  • Olive oil: 60ml (2 oz)
  • Lemons, juiced: 2
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 20g (0.7 oz)
  • Dried oregano: 5g (0.2 oz)
  • Dried thyme: 3g (0.1 oz)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare the Marinade: Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  2. Marinate the Chicken: Coat the chicken quarters thoroughly with the marinade. Let them marinate for at least 30 minutes, or overnight in the refrigerator for best results.
  3. Roast: Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Place the chicken in a roasting pan and roast for about 70 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the skin is crispy.
  4. Rest and Serve: Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Marination Time: The longer the chicken marinates, the more flavorful it will be.
  • Lemon Zest: Add zest from the lemons for an extra citrus punch.
  • Crispy Skin: For extra crispiness, broil the chicken for the last few minutes of cooking.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use chicken breasts or thighs instead?

Yes, but adjust cooking times as these cuts cook faster than a whole chicken.

What can I serve with this dish?

Serve with Greek salad, roasted potatoes, or crusty bread.

Can I grill this chicken?

Absolutely! This recipe is also great for grilling.

How do I store and reheat leftovers?

Store in the refrigerator and reheat in the oven for best results.