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Lemon Rosemary Chicken

Lemon Rosemary Chicken - Super moist and flavorful baked chicken with a sweet lemon rosemary coating! #sponsored #SplendaSweeties #SweetSwaps

This recipe for Lemon Rosemary Chicken using SPLENDA® Sweeteners was developed as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #SplendaSweeties #SweetSwaps

If you’re a regular reader here at A Family Feast, then you already know that we’re always up for a culinary challenge!

So when the folks at SPLENDA® brand asked us to share a recipe using SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener in a savory dish, we knew exactly which recipe we’d make – this delicious Lemon Rosemary Chicken!

Lemon Rosemary Chicken - Super moist and flavorful baked chicken with a sweet lemon rosemary coating! #sponsored #SplendaSweeties #SweetSwaps

Sure – you’re likely already familiar with using SPLENDA® products as a lower sugar and lower calorie alternative when baking or making beverages. But SPLENDA® Sweeteners are also a ‘Sweet Swaps’ option when cooking your favorite savory dishes that call for a touch of sweetness in the ingredients list as well!

Our Lemon Rosemary Chicken is full of bold, fantastic flavors! First, pieces of chicken are brined in a fresh lemon juice and rosemary brine that we’ve sweetened up a bit with SPLENDA® Sweetener. Next, we coated the chicken in a flavorful flour and herb mixture and browned the pieces in a skillet.

Lemon Rosemary Chicken - Super moist and flavorful baked chicken with a sweet lemon rosemary coating! #sponsored #SplendaSweeties #SweetSwaps

Finally, the chicken is baked in the oven with fresh lemon slices and sticks of fresh rosemary plus a bit more SPLENDA® Sweetener and chicken stock. The result is super moist and delicious baked chicken with amazing lemon-herb flavor!

Lemon Rosemary Chicken - Super moist and flavorful baked chicken with a sweet lemon rosemary coating! #sponsored #SplendaSweeties #SweetSwaps

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Lemon Rosemary Chicken

Lemon Rosemary Chicken - A Family Feast

Note: This recipe calls for the chicken to brine overnight or at least six hours.

  • Prep Time: 6 hours 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Total Time: 7 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings


  • 6 pounds bone-in, skin-on, cut-up chicken pieces
  • 1½ cups fresh lemon juice (about 6-8 lemons)
  • ¼ cup SPLENDA® Sweetener
  • ¼ cup fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dry rosemary
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup peanut or corn oil
  • Zest from two lemons
  • 3 large sticks fresh whole rosemary
  • ¼ cup additional of SPLENDA® Sweetener, divided
  • 2 lemons sliced thinly
  • ¼ cup chicken stock


  1. The night before or morning of dinner, place chicken pieces in a gallon zip lock bag with lemon juice, ¼ cup of SPLENDA® Sweetener and ¼ cup chopped fresh rosemary. Turn the bag occasionally.
  2. About 90 minutes before serving, remove chicken from bag and discard liquid. Pat chicken dry with paper towels.
  3. In a gallon zip lock bag, place flour, salt, paprika, pepper and dry rosemary. Shake to mix.
  4. Add a few chicken pieces at a time and shake bag to coat. Remove chicken to a platter but do not shake off excess yet. Continue until all pieces are coated.
  5. Heat both oils in a heavy bottomed skillet or cast iron pan to 350. To maintain 350, you may need to leave your burner on high as you brown all pieces.
  6. Working in three or more batches, shake excess flour off and place chicken pieces in pan to brown all sides, about ten minutes per batch.
  7. As each batch finishes, place in a baking pan in a single layer.
  8. Once the pan is full and all chicken has been browned, heat oven to 350 degrees.
  9. While oven is heating, cover the tops of the chicken pieces with the lemon zest. Next place the whole rosemary along the edges around the chicken. Take half of the ¼ cup of SPLENDA® Sweetener and sprinkle over the chicken pieces. Next lay the lemon slices over the browned chicken and sprinkle the other half of the SPLENDA® Sweetener over the lemon slices. Lastly pour the chicken stock around the edges of the pan, then push the whole rosemary down into the liquid so it is at least wet from the stock (so it doesn’t burn).
  10. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until cooked through and no longer pink.



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  1. This looks so delicious!! I love lemon and rosemary together. This us definitely #onthemenu. Pinned. Yum!

  2. This lemon rosemary chicken looks like the perfect dish to make to help offset all those desserts I’ve been indulging in. I love the rosemary on top….my favorite herb. Put it in everything! Always looking for ways to cut back on calories.

  3. beautiful photos!

  4. Lemon and rosemary has got to be my favorite combination for chicken. It’s simple, elegant and perfect!

  5. Beautiful! I want this for dinner!

  6. So, that basically looks like THE juiciest chicken on the face of the planet – YUM! I love this combo, and think it needs to get served up in my kitchen over our holiday break.

  7. That is one pretty pan of chicken! I literally could eat chicken every day! Love this!

  8. I love the flavor of rosemary. I have a nice bush growing in my garden. So recipes with fresh rosemary always grab my attention. With the lemon—great combo.

  9. Love the fresh rosemary and lemons!

  10. This chicken looks amazing! How clever to use Splenda! I must try this one! Pinning!

  11. Your chicken looks soo juicy! How come mine never looks this good?! LOL

  12. Does this ever look scrumptious! And your photos…gorgeous!

  13. You did Splenda good. This looks and sounds absolutely beautiful!

  14. I’ll take at least one serving, plus seconds. 😉 Gorgeous! Pinned!

  15. Holy moly, this chicken. It looks amazing!

  16. Oh your chicken looks incredibly moist and delicious. I adore lemon and rosemary together and know this recipe would be amazing!

  17. This look beautiful! That lemon on top looks perfect!

  18. Beautiful presentation and fantastic recipe. I love the flavor combination of lemon, rosemary and chicken. Always perfect.

  19. That chicken is perfectly cooked! I’d proudly serve this for guests, but it looks easy enough for a weeknight meal.

  20. Lemon and Rosemary are perfect together!

  21. This chicken is gorgeous!

  22. Instead of using bone in could I use boneless chicken breast and if so would the cooking time need to be adjusted??.

    • Hi Amanda – Sure – you can use the boneless instead of bone-in – and yes, the cooking time is always less for boneless. Hope you enjoy the recipe!