Recipe: How to Make Lemon Chicken

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  • Total: 2 hrs 45 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Yield: 3 to 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
377 Calories
24g Fat
5g Carbs
33g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 377
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 105mg 35%
Sodium 101mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 33g
Calcium 31mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

I love lemon chicken! Lemon seems to compliment the chicken flavor. The spices in this dish are common in Moroccan cuisine. This chicken is not spicy, but it full of flavor. If you don't want to use a whole chicken, you can also use chicken breasts (I prefer on the bone), thighs, and legs.


  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon (sliced)
  • 1/2 lemon (zested) 
  • 1 onion (quartered)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a small bowl, combine oil, ginger, coriander, and saffron.

  3. Sprinkle salt and pepper over uncooked chicken. Next, rub oil and spice mixture all over chicken. You can use a basting brush or your hands. I prefer to use my hands.

  4. Place chicken in a baking dish, breast side up. Place two slices of lemon on top and lemon zest inside the cavity. Also, add one of the onion quarters to the cavity.

  5. Place remainder lemon slices and onion around the chicken in the baking dish.

  6. Bake uncovered for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, depending on the size of the chicken. Check package instructions for approximate cooking time per pound for your chicken.

  7. Cut and serve!


  • If you have leftover chicken, do not throw it away! You have tomorrow's meal already prepared. You can cut up the chicken and make a pita sandwich. Throw together some lettuce, onions, and your leftover chicken in a pita pocket and add some tahini and you have a delicious lunch or light dinner.

Lemon Chicken Serving Suggestions

Lemon chicken goes best with white rice. I would add a steamed vegetable like broccoli or green beans with tahini. Serve with limeade or lemonade.