How to make Roast Lemon Chicken with Mushrooms and Olives

As the crisp autumn air signals the changing of seasons, I find myself craving the comforting, aromatic flavors of a home-cooked meal. There’s something so soul-warming about the scent of herbs and spices perfuming the kitchen on a chilly evening. As a recipe developer at Food and Meal, it’s my passion to create dishes that provide that feeling of cozy contentment.

Lately I’ve been feeling a longing for the zesty brightness of citrus combined with the savory richness of a classic roast chicken. Imagining the glistening golden skin crackling as it emerges from the oven, releasing a citrusy lemon aroma into the house, brings me so much joy and anticipation. I think we could all use a little comfort and cheer as we transition into fall.

With this in mind, I’d love to share my take on Roast Lemon Chicken. Infusing the meat with lemon adds a tangy twist while keeping it moist and full of flavor. Accompanying roasted vegetables soaked in all the delicious pan juices makes this a wonderfully well-rounded meal.

As I was developing this recipe, I felt a sense of cheerful optimism thinking about gathering around the dinner table with loved ones to enjoy this hearty roast. The tart lemon and herby flavors are so uplifting. I think the secret ingredient is really the fellowship and coziness that a home-cooked meal fosters.

Roast Lemon Chicken
He star of the show: our beautifully roasted lemon chicken.

Roast Lemon Chicken Recipes

How To Make Roast Lemon Chicken With Mushrooms And Olives 1

Roast Lemon Chicken with Mushrooms and Olives

If you've never made a roast lemon chicken before, this recipe will make you want to do so right away. This recipe is an easy and delicious chicken dish that will leave everyone asking for seconds. Start by making the lemon butter, which can be easily made with a squeeze of lemon and a little olive oil. You can also mix in some garlic and pepper to make it extra flavorful. After you've prepared the lemon butter, rub the lemon inside the chicken, and put it in the oven. When the chicken is fully cooked, remove the foil from the oven and allow it to rest. After 30 minutes, serve the roasted lemon chicken with potatoes or your favorite vegetables.
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Course: Dinner, Main dishes
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: chicken, mushroom, olive, Roasted Chicken
CookingStyle: Baking, Roasting
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 998kcal
Author: Black Pie
Cost: 20
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  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • In a large sheet pan, toss the chicken with 1/4 cup olive oil, thyme, salt and black pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  • Arrange chicken evenly on the pan, and scatter garlic cloves and olives. Pour white one over the chicken. Bake, covered with foil, for 40 minutes.
  • In the meantime, heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat and sauté mushrooms till nicely browned. season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.
  • After 40 minutes, add mushrooms and preserved lemons to the pan, and continue cooking, uncovered, for another 30-40 minutes. Chicken should be nicely browned.



For this recipe, you'll need a roasting pan, preferably non-stick. A non-stick pan will prevent the chicken from browning too quickly, and aluminum will react with the lemon juice and produce an off-flavor in the finished dish. You can also use a cast-iron pan to roast your chicken, but that's not necessary. All-purpose baking pans work well for roast lemon chicken because they are inexpensive.
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Serving: 4servings | Calories: 998kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 59g | Fat: 75g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Monounsaturated Fat: 37g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 332mg | Sodium: -74mg | Potassium: 1070mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 567IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 4mg
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Alternative Method: Slow Cooker Roast Lemon Chicken

Roast Lemon Chicken
Pro tip: basting the chicken keeps it tender and juicy.

To prepare the Slow Cooker Roast Lemon Chicken, begin by rinsing the chicken and patting it dry with paper towels. Generously season the chicken with salt and pepper both inside and outside. In a small bowl, create a flavorful paste by combining lemon zest, minced garlic, dried thyme, dried rosemary, dried oregano, and olive oil. Rub this lemon herb paste all over the chicken, ensuring it gets under the skin for maximum flavor. Stuff the chicken cavity with one lemon (cut in half) and a few fresh thyme sprigs. Place the seasoned and stuffed chicken into the slow cooker, squeezing the juice from the remaining lemon over it. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 3-4 hours until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). For crispy skin, transfer the cooked chicken to a baking dish, preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C), and roast for 10-15 minutes until the skin crisps up. Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before carving. Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs if desired, and serve with your favorite sides for a delicious meal.

Tips for making Roast Lemon Chicken

Roast Lemon Chicken
Garnish with fresh herbs for a burst of flavor.

Cooking Tips

I always feel a sense of care and intention as I gently loosen the skin from the chicken breasts and thighs to create pockets for the lemon slices and herb sprigs. Nestling the lemons under the skin not only infuses the meat with bright flavor as it roasts, but also keeps it remarkably moist and tender.

As I massage the seasoning into the skin, I’m reminded to be present in this moment of sensory pleasure and culinary creativity. The tactile joy of working with wholesome ingredients to nourish myself and loved ones is truly soul-satisfying.

Once my spatchcocked chicken is perfectly seasoned and adorned with lemons, garlic, and herbs tucked neatly underneath its skin, I make sure to thoroughly coat the exterior with a modest slick of oil. This helps achieve the crispiest, crackling golden skin as it turns in the hot oven.

I feel a swell of anticipation as I slide the sizzling roasting pan into the oven, knowing that soon my kitchen will fill with the cheerful aroma of caramelizing chicken skin and awakening citrus. It’s these savory, zesty scents drifting through my home that fill me with cozy contentment.

While the chicken roasts, I chop an array of root vegetables to soak up the lemony pan juices later for a delicious one-pan meal. The rhythm of the knife against the cutting board fills me with calm and purpose.

Soon my home is alive with festive scents and I eagerly pull the golden bird from the oven. As the meat rests, I stir the vegetables in the flavorful pan drippings, sending up one final burst of mouthwatering aroma.

Serving Suggestions

Roast Lemon Chicken
Elevate your dinner table with this gourmet delight.

The Roast Lemon Chicken offers versatile flavors that pair well with a variety of side dishes and complementary flavors. Serving suggestions include pairing it with dishes like yakisoba, oyakodon, and katsudon for contrasting textures and tastes. Other options include incorporating it into Latin-inspired dishes like corn salsa or cheese quesadillas for unexpected delights. Additionally, it complements classics like miso soup and coconut rice, while also serving as a flavorful starter for dishes such as ginger salmon or shrimp tempura. Its zesty profile also enhances dishes like fish tacos and chicken nachos, providing a refreshing twist. Overall, the Roast Lemon Chicken adds brightness and depth to any meal, making it a versatile and delicious choice.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Roast Lemon Chicken

Roast Lemon Chicken
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  • Can I use boneless chicken for this recipe? While bone-in chicken is recommended for the best flavor and moisture, you can use boneless chicken thighs or breasts. Adjust the cooking time accordingly as boneless meat cooks faster.
  • How do I store leftover roast chicken? Store leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. You can also freeze it for longer storage. To reheat, place it in the oven at 350°F (175°C) until heated through.
  • What do I do with leftover pan juices? Don’t waste those delicious pan juices! Strain them and use them as a base for a flavorful gravy or sauce to serve with your chicken and sides.
  • Can I use this recipe for a whole turkey? Yes, you can adapt this recipe for a whole turkey, adjusting the cooking time and quantities accordingly. Ensure the turkey reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
  • How can I make a vegetarian version of this lemony dish? For a vegetarian twist, consider roasting a cauliflower or a mixture of your favorite vegetables with the same lemon and herb seasoning for a flavorful meatless alternative.


In conclusion, this roast lemon chicken is a delicious and easy meal that’s perfect for a family dinner or casual gathering with friends. The bright lemon flavor infuses into the tender, juicy chicken while it roasts, creating an irresistible aroma and taste. Pairing the chicken with your favorite roasted vegetables and a simple salad or side dish makes for a complete, satisfying meal.

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