Italian Lemon Peppered Garlic Chicken

Monday, August 24, 2009

This chicken comes out very moist and tender, always perfect..and delicious.

Italian Lemon Peppered Garlic Chicken

1 chicken (3 1/2 - 4 pounds)

2 fresh lemons

1/2 teaspoon of oregano

1/2 teaspoon of parsley

pinch of thyme and rosemary

1 teaspoon garlic powder

3 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon pepper divided

4 tablespoons butter softened

7 cloves garlic

1/2 cup white wine Chablis is what I recommend

In a small bowl, grate the zest from 1 lemon and mix it with 2 tsp. of salt and the pepper. Add the lemon zest mixture to the butter and stir with a fork until the all the ingredients are evenly mixed. Set aside.Salt the cavity of the chicken with the remaining 1 tsp. of salt. Cut the lemons into wedges and place them in the cavity of the chicken. Peel the cloves of garlic and place 5 of them in the cavity of the chicken along with the lemons. Tie the legs tightly together, if you are using a rotisserie you will need to make sure legs are tied tightly. Apply the lemon and butter mixture to the chicken. Rub approximately 1/2 of the butter under the skin of the chicken, spreading it out evenly. After rubbing the butter under the skin, place the remaining 2 garlic cloves in different places under the skin. Use remaining lemon butter mixture on the chicken. Set in roasting pan, pour 1/2 cup of white wine on the bottom of the pan. Bake at 350 tented with aluminum foil for 2 hours or until browned, if wine evaporates, add 1/4 cup water extra to keep moist. For rotisserie omit wine, cook to manufacturers instructions on the grill or free standing unit. Garnish with more lemon and fresh Italian basil.


  1. Great recipe. Love the flavours!!

  2. I make a lemon chicken very similar, so I know this is delicious,,,thanks for sharing xxx kisses Rico|Recipes

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  5. Mm I should save this for my b/f - he loves chicken (while I'm a semi-vegetarian), so this must be another tasty recipe for him to try!!

  6. I've never had chicken with lemon seasoning before. Sounds tasty. Anything with pepper is tasty :)


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