Meyer Lemon & Rosemary Roasted Chicken

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When meyer lemon season begins to peak, a favorite lemon chicken dinner is to oven roast a whole chicken that’s lathered with meyer lemon and herbs. Fragrant rosemary, fresh meyer lemon juice and tons of meyer lemon zest all infuse into this whole baked chicken to make a fabulous and quick and easy dinner. Unlike the common Eureka lemons, these meyer lemons bring a beautiful floral aroma to the oven roasted chicken. Combine the earthy flavors of the fresh rosemary, what you have is a perfectly juicy, moist and fresh lemon and herb baked chicken.

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If you don’t have meyer lemons, you can use regular lemons and other herbs. Almost any combination of herbs, including dry herbs, make a marinade. Probably our favorite classic baked or roasted chicken recipe has this duo combination and you really can’t go wrong. It’s hard to resist the citrus flair and fragrant balance of herbs on the crispy lemon chicken skin. This recipe is so good, be prepared to have it as your go-to lemon and herb whole baked chicken recipe!

More Baked or Roasted Chicken Recipes and Chicken Soup Recipes. Here’s a Miso roast chicken and spice rubbed chicken roast.

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Meyer Lemon & Rosemary Roast Chicken Recipe

Yield: 1 Whole Roast Chicken

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

This can always be done with regular lemons, but the meyer lemons add a nice mellow brightness which is perfect to not overpower the rosemary. Fresh rosemary is easily tastier than dried, but if that is all you can get, it makes a passable substitute. Please read post for more recipe details.


  • 1 whole Chicken
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh chopped Rosemary
  • zest from two Meyer Lemons
  • Sea Salt of Kosher Salt
  • fresh cracked Black Pepper
  • 3 medium Meyer Lemons, cut into quarters


Preheat oven to 425°F.

  1. Rinse and pat dry chicken. For the crispiest skin- see step 2. For quickest preparation- proceed to step 3.
  2. Sprinkle salt over all surfaces of chicken. Set on a plate, place in fridge and allow to air dry for at least 2 hours and up to overnight. Remove from fridge and pat dry water that had come to skin surface.
  3. Combine olive oil, rosemary, and meyer lemon zest. Truss the chicken if desired (see video in post for trussing instructions). Spread rosemary mixture evenly over the chicken.
  4. Season chicken generously with salt and pepper. Place in a baking dish. Squeeze one meyer lemon worth of quarters over and inside the chicken and place the squeezed pieces plus one more meyer lemon's worth of wedges in the roasting pan with the chicken.
  5. Roast for 1 hour 15 minutes or until juices run clear when you cut between the leg and the thigh or the temperature in the thickest part of the thigh reads 165°F when probed with an instant read thermometer.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to rest for about 20 minutes. Carve and serve with the third set of meyer lemon quarters to squeeze as desired.
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4 comments… add one

  • Medeja February 26, 2013, 3:56 pm

    I always have to browse a lot to find a good recipe for roasting whole chicken. This recipe is really useful! Thanks.

  • KalynsKitchen November 1, 2014, 6:45 am

    Happy Saturday! Just letting you know I featured this recipe in my monthly round-up of 25 Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb Recipes from October 2015. Hope a lot of my readers will come over here and try it!

    • Best Recipe Box November 3, 2014, 8:41 am

      Thank you so much Kalyn for including our recipe on your round up!

  • Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop February 4, 2015, 7:20 pm

    This looks great. I’ve never had a Meyer lemon., but have lots of regular lemons.


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