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Roasted Lemon Whole Chicken

Roasted Lemon Whole Chicken is perfectly seasoned and is great for a Sunday dinner with sides.

Roasted Lemon Whole Chicken is wonderful to make on a winter Sunday. I love having the leftovers to make other dishes for the week such as sandwiches, soups, or casseroles. 

I first found this recipe in my Taste of Home Light and Tasty 2006 Annual Recipe Cookbook.

Cost Per Serving $3.89 as of May 2022

If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $19.44.

If you have a fully stocked pantry this recipe will cost about $11.90.

  • Cost per serving reduces to about $2.38.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.

Oven Roasted

Recipe serves: 5

Serving size: 4 ounces

Equipment needed: 1 Roasting Pan

Total time: Between 1 and 1 ~ 1/2 hours


I recommend a 13×9 baking dish with a separate roasting rack versus a large roasting pan with roasting rack. In this recipe we are roasting a 4ish pound chicken so we want to make sure the pan is not too large to prevent the drippings from burning. If you already have a 13×9 baking dish and do not have a roasting rack I highly recommend picking one up. Elevating your chicken will allow the air to circulate under the chicken as it roasts for a tastier roasted chicken.  

Storage for Spice Mixes

I usually make a large batch of a spice mix I like and then keep it in my spice pantry for the next use. I like this spice storage solution because you can custom make your own labels and the containers are the perfect size. 

Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $7.54 as of May 2022

  • lemon pepper seasoning $0.98
  • onion powder $0.98
  • garlic powder $0.98
  • seasoned salt $2.66
  • dried thyme $1.94


Total: $11.90 as of May 2022

  • 1 - whole chicken $7.37
  • 1 - medium onion $0.62
  • 1 - lemon $0.66
  • 1 - bulb of garlic $0.50
  • 1 - fresh rosemary sprigs $2.08
  • 1 - chicken broth 14.5 oz $0.67

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Complete the prep from the prep tab above.
  2. Preheat oven to 375° F
  3. Using your fingers loosen the skin around the breasts, legs and thighs.
  4. Take half the seasoning and rub under the skin. Rub the remaining over the chicken. 
  5. Add to the inside of the cavity:
    • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
    • Rosemary sprigs
    • 1/2 the onion followed by 1/2 the lemon then smashed garlic the other 1/2 lemon and remainder 1/2 onion
  6. Place the chicken in the roasting pan with the breast side up. 
  7. Baste the chicken after 30 minutes with chicken broth or pan juices then every 30 minutes. 
  8. After the chicken has been cooking for 1.5 hours check for doneness. The chicken will be 165°F and 170°F between the leg and chicken breast if it is not, continue to cook until it is done. 
  9. Cover the chicken and let it rest for 15 minutes before carving. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Weekly Dinners for 4 under $100 – Menu 1

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