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Lemon Rosemary Chicken

This easy, oven roasted Lemon Rosemary Chicken is one of those classic recipes I’ll reach for again and again. It always turns out delicious – and it works just as well for a weeknight family meal, as it does a special dinner party.


Roasted Lemon Rosemary Chicken

How do you make Lemon Rosemary Chicken?

Season bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts with salt and pepper, then quickly sear in a super-hot skillet until golden brown.

Place the chicken breasts in a baking dish, then pour a luscious sauce made with butter, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, white wine and fresh rosemary and other herbs, over and around the chicken before it roasts in the oven until cooked through. (For extra lemony flavor, we also added some lemon wedges to the chicken while they baked.)

Lemon Rosemary Chicken

Our oven roasted Lemon Rosemary Chicken breasts came out super juicy and fork tender, with perfectly golden skin on top. We made a quick pan sauce from the juices in the baking pan and spooned it on top before serving – which just added even more delicious flavor to this meal!


Lemon Rosemary Chicken

One last note: Your cooking time may vary depending on the size of your bone-in chicken breasts.  Ours were quite large – over a pound each – so if your chicken breasts are smaller, please adjust the cooking time accordingly.  To ensure optimal juiciness, we always recommend using a probe thermometer or an instant read thermometer to help you gauge when to take the chicken out of the oven.

This post was originally published on A Family Feast in December 2014. We’ve completely revamped the recipe and photos, and it’s better than ever!

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Lemon Rosemary Chicken

Lemon Rosemary Chicken

  • Author: A Family Feast
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes (depending on the size)
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4-6 servings
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Roasted


Feel free to change up the herbs in this recipe and substitute fresh oregano in place of the thyme or sage. But always use fresh rosemary!


34 pounds bone-in skin-on chicken breast (our breast halves were over a pound each so we cooked only three to serve 46 people. You may have smaller pieces and need more to reach the 34 pound mark)

1 teaspoon kosher salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

6 tablespoons butter, divided

2 large garlic cloves, peeled and cut in half

2 large rosemary sprigs

6 thyme sprigs (single stems)

2 large sage leaves

Zest of one lemon, about 4 teaspoons

¼ cup white wine

½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, about three large lemons

1 fresh lemon cut into 8 wedges.


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Pat chicken dry and sprinkle with the salt and pepper on the skin side only.

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Once shimmering, add chicken skin down and sear in two batches. Sear for 3-5 minutes or until the skin is golden. Only sear the skin side. Remove each batch to a 13X9 inch casserole dish.

In the pan used to cook the chicken, lower heat to medium and add 2 tablespoons of butter, the halved garlic cloves, the whole rosemary sprigs, whole thyme sprigs and the two sage leaves. Cook for three minutes then add the zest and white wine. Cook to evaporate the wine, about 2-3 minutes.

Flatten the garlic with a fork then add the lemon juice and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 2 more tablespoons of butter.

Pour this mixture in and around the chicken pieces. Keep the skillet on the stove for a later step.

Scatter the 8 lemon wedges around the chicken.

Depending on the size of the breast halves, cooking time will vary. Our breast halves were about a pound and a quarter each and took 45 minutes. Smaller breast pieces will take less time.

Place the casserole in the oven uncovered and keep checking with a probe thermometer inserted into the thickest part from about the 30 minutes mark and remove from the oven at 160 degrees F. If the breast halves are not all the same size, some may be done sooner than others. Remove as they each reach 160. They will continue to cook outside the oven.

Remove the chicken and the lemon wedges to a platter and loosely cover with foil.

Strain the sauce and pour into the skillet you used earlier. Discard solids.

Heat until it starts to bubble, remove from heat and whisk in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. The sauce will thicken slightly. Serve alongside the chicken.

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  • Dean wrote:

    Does the pan used to sear the chicken go in the oven or does the casserole dish?

    • Martha wrote:

      Sorry for the confusion Dean – the casserole dish goes in the oven. I can see where we used the word “pan” instead of casserole, and the skillet is used later to make the sauce. I’ll update now. Thanks for alerting us to the problem.

  • Amanda wrote:

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

    • Martha wrote:

      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!

  • Lauren @ Healthy Delicious wrote:

    This chicken is gorgeous!

  • Paula – bell’alimento wrote:

    Lemon and Rosemary are perfect together!

  • Cookin Canuck wrote:

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

  • Bea wrote:

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

  • Martha wrote:

    Thanks Ginny! 🙂

  • Renee – Kudos Kitchen wrote:

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

  • Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) wrote:

    Holy moly, this chicken. It looks amazing!

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