Lemon Pepper and Rosemary Roasted Chicken

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Lemon Pepper and Rosemary Roasted Chicken Lemon Pepper and Rosemary Roasted Chicken

Rosemary and chicken are a natural for each other and the lemon pepper adds just the right twang.

Servings: 4
Difficulty: Easy

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1 Whole Roasting Chicken, cavity cleaned
4 stems of Fresh Rosemary, Divided
1/2 Head of Garlic
1 lemon, Halved
1/2 C butter, softened
2 T lemon pepper seasoning, divided
A small section of butcher’s twine for tying legs
Lemon slices for garnish





Pre-heat oven to 350°F.

Wash and pat dry chicken. 

Sprinkle 1 t salt inside cavity.  Stuff lemon halves, garlic and one stem of rosemary inside cavity.  Note:  Rosemary can be sticking out of bird.

Being careful not to tear the skin, gently separate skin from breast meat and stuff two sprigs of rosemary under the skin.  Rub the entire bird with the softened butter.  Sprinkle evenly with the lemon pepper seasoning.

Soak a small section of butchers twine in water.  Tie legs of bird together using soaked twine. 

Tuck wings under bird. 

Cut the tops off of some garlic heads, drizzle with olive oil and toss in the roasting pan with your chicken.  Never miss the chance to have
roasted garlic.  Great as a spread on ciabatta bread with the chicken!

Place in a shallow roasting pan (breast side up) and bake until internal temp reaches 165º and juices run clear.  Let rest before serving. 

Garnish with lemon slices up the breast of the chicken and rosemary tucked in between.

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Do you have to use sprigs and rosemary? Can you use something else?

By Maxine on April 19, 2014


I miss you Paula.....loved watching you and learning!! Glad your doing well!! You look great and like your enjoying yourself!! Enjoy those grandkids.

By Darlene Griffith on April 09, 2014


I will always support Paula Deen she is awesome

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By James Simpson on April 09, 2014


Dear Paula: I so miss seeing your cooking shows. I have been wanting to write you to ask for your help recreating a recipe of my Aunt Amy. She would make these thin crispy pancakes with canned salmon in them. As a child I hated fish but I LOVED these crispy little pancakes she would make. I would watch her make them but she did not have a recipe written down for them. She just threw them together. I tried to recreate them using Bisquick but they were too doughy and heavy. Her batter was thin and light and she could pour them into the skillet. They were crispy when you bit into them. Please help. I feel sure you could suggest something similar.

By beverly pace on April 09, 2014


I love lemon chicken especially from Paula yummy ,,

By Jo on April 09, 2014


Thank you for this great recipe! We miss you, pray you'll have a Happy and Blessed Easter Season!

By Rosemary ROSIG-Micallef on April 09, 2014


Hi Paula going to try this . Evertime I cook chicken it turns out dry. What shouldI do to keep it moist?

By Yvonne Gallegos on April 09, 2014


Can you give me a guesstimate on time it takes to cook?

By Donna Ferro on November 26, 2013


Can't wait to try this! I trust Paul's so no doubt it will be delicious!

By Cindy DeVous on November 24, 2013


Excellent. I am not crazy about chicken,but my children are and I might fix that for after Thanksgiving. Thank you for all the recipes. I miss your show.

By Mary M Johnson on November 24, 2013


Hi I love your seeing you on tv looking good:-)

By Tabitha on November 24, 2013


I'm going to fix this for my husband. Do you have any good diabetic recipes

By Letha on November 24, 2013


Will definitely try the lemon pepper and rosemary chicken with mashed potatos, corn and dinner rolls not sure about desert.

By ' CAROL Smith on November 24, 2013


Well, I don't usually stuff chickens, but this recipe sounds great. I can't wait to try it! And, if Paula says its good, then you best believe that it's delicious!

By Livey on November 09, 2013


My first roast chicken was this recipe, years ago. I cooked it for a Friends-Giving(Social Thanksgiving. I was very nervous putting seasoning under the skin. But I sucked it up and did it. The chicken came out PERFECT. My friends loved it, it came out moist and the flavor was just right. Thanks Paula!

By Alexandria Shultz on October 24, 2012


Paula deen you the best love all your repits truily puertorican making delicius food with your recipits.

By sergio curbelo on September 12, 2012


Paula deen you the best love all your repits truily puertorican making delicius food with your recipits.

By sergio curbelo on September 12, 2012


Hey Paula, I'm having roast chicken tonight! I used sliced lemon, sage, rosemary, salt, pepper, & paprika. Gotta go serve dinner now! Have a great night1 Love Ya, Sandy

By Sandy levy on September 11, 2012


Paula i wish i could eat any type of meat. Ever since i had my gaulblabber out there is alot of food i can't eat anymore. If you have any ideas please let me know. Thanks Also i am a diabetic. Donna

By Donna Timmerman on September 11, 2012

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