The BEST Weeknight Meal: Lemon Roast Chicken Dinner!
Comfort food is a language. I consider myself fluent in its art. That’s because I grew up in a family where its language was considered as important as English. A dinner filled with warmth and love speaks volumes, even when healthy.
Lemon Roast Chicken Ingredients
This recipe doesn’t require a lot of ingredients which is awesome! In fact, some of the ingredients you can play along with because this recipe is seriously FOOLPROOF!
The key ingredients are the following:
- Fresh Chicken
- Olive Oil
That’s pretty much it! For the chicken, I personally like to use a variety of pieces. Some people in my family love dark meat but I prefer white meat so I put a mix in the pan. You can stick to one and that is totally your preference.
Tip: You must use raw chicken, don’t bake from frozen!
If you are using frozen chicken, it must be thawed out first before you begin baking this recipe. Next the lemons are key for this recipe. Lemons add that incredible citrus taste throughout the dish. Not only will you sprinkle on top but you will also add to the pan to bake along with the chicken.
Onions and potatoes are next. I usually use baking potatoes that I’ve thinly sliced along with onions. I add them to the bottom of my pan, and like magic, they bake up perfectly soft and tender with onions after mixing with the juices of the chicken, lemon juice and olive oil. They are sensational!!
Finally the spices here are what truly make this chicken special! I add a mix of salt, pepper and lemon pepper to really heighten the citrus flavor. I also add garlic powder and paprika. This chicken is highly seasoned and the seasonings also go on the potatoes making this super special!
How to Make Lemon Roast Chicken
This recipe bakes in about an hour because it doesn’t use a whole chicken but chicken pieces cutting down on time. Even covered, the chicken will brown. If you want to make chicken a bit browner, you can broil a little longer uncovered to get a super golden color but keep it short since you don’t want to dry out the chicken.
What to Serve with Roast Chicken
I have served this Lemon Roast Chicken dish using a whole chicken for company and for a mid-weeknight dinner using pieces. The results are the same, and the feedback is the same. The comfort and love is always felt.
You can serve this chicken with any of the following sides and dishes:
- Southern Cornbread
- Garlic Bread
- Collard Greens
- Yellow Squash
- Jollof Rice
- Strawberry Spinach Salad
- Roasted Butternut Squash
Lemon Roast Chicken Dinner and Potatoes
- 6 medium potatoes peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 large onion chopped
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Salt, pepper and lemon pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 pound chicken pieces
- 2 small lemons sliced in half
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Add potato slices and onions to the bottom of the dutch oven.
- Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper and lemon pepper to taste.
- Season with half of garlic powder and paprika.
- Season both sides of chicken pieces with salt, pepper and lemon pepper.
- Place chicken facing up on top of potatoes and onions.
- Season with remaining garlic powder and paprika.
- Sprinkle with lemon juice then add lemon slices to pan.
- Cover dutch oven and bake for 1 hour or until chicken is cooked through and potatoes and onions are tender and caramelized. If you want to brown the top of the dish further and add more color, place under a broiler for a few minutes until it reaches the color you prefer.
- Cool for 10-15 minutes and serve.
Libba Byrne says
Making this tomorrow! Can’t wait to enjoy! Is it really just one pound of chicken? It looks like more in your picture and that would be like just one drumstick per person.
Made this and it was easy and delicious and . . . lovely to look at. After squeezing the lemon, I sliced another small lemon and placed around on top of the chicken and then added pretty sprigs of thyme. I have added so many of your recipes to my repertoire and I am thankful to have found you! One dish meals are great for someone who is busy but still wants a good meal for my loved ones. We are a traditional Southern family and we enjoy your good Southern cooking!
Blessings to you and your family.
I made this dish last Sunday for dinner, it was delicious! I’ll be making this dish for family gathering!
Thank you very much.
Shari Tucker says
This is a weak-night game changer. Delicious. It would probably work with pork chops and cube steaks really well, too.
Shari Tucker says
Week night. Sigh.
I made this last night and my husband I thought it was absolutely delicious! The chicken browned perfectly and was so moist it practically fell off the bone. The potatoes were so good with the lemony sauce. I cooked for one hour. I served it with roasted broccoli. I didn’t have lemon pepper, but will get some for next time. Definitely will be making again!
Sally Stephenson says
Sounds simple snd delicious and love your sides
I made this and everything turned out great.