How to make Roast Lemon Chicken with Mushrooms and Olives

Welcome to a culinary journey that promises to tantalize your taste buds and fill your kitchen with the delightful aroma of Roast Lemon Chicken. In this recipe, we’ll unravel the secrets to creating a juicy, lemon-infused roast chicken that’s perfect for family dinners, special occasions, or just a cozy night in.

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

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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

Alternative Method: Slow Cooker Roast Lemon Chicken

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


  • 1 whole chicken (about 4-5 pounds)
  • 2 lemons, zested and juiced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh thyme sprigs (for garnish, optional)


  1. Prepare the Chicken:
    • Start by rinsing the chicken and patting it dry with paper towels.
    • Season the chicken generously with salt and pepper, both inside and outside.
    • In a small bowl, combine the lemon zest, minced garlic, dried thyme, dried rosemary, dried oregano, and olive oil to create a flavorful paste.
  2. Rub and Stuff:
    • Rub the prepared lemon herb paste all over the chicken, making sure to get it under the skin for maximum flavor.
    • Place one lemon (cut in half) and a few fresh thyme sprigs inside the chicken cavity.
  3. Slow Cook:
    • Place the seasoned and stuffed chicken into your slow cooker.
    • Squeeze the juice from the remaining lemon over the chicken.
    • Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. The chicken should be cooked until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) in the thickest part of the thigh.
  4. Crisp the Skin (Optional):
    • If you prefer crispy skin, carefully transfer the cooked chicken to a baking dish.
    • Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C) and roast the chicken for about 10-15 minutes until the skin crisps up. Keep a close eye to avoid over-browning.
  5. Serve:
    • Once done, remove the chicken from the slow cooker or oven.
    • Allow it to rest for about 10 minutes before carving.
  6. Garnish and Enjoy:
    • Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs if desired, and serve your Slow Cooker Roast Lemon Chicken with your favorite sides.

Tips for making Roast Lemon Chicken

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

Cooking Tips

  • Bring the Chicken to Room Temperature: Take your chicken out of the refrigerator about 30 minutes before roasting. Allowing it to come to room temperature ensures even cooking.
  • Truss the Chicken: Trussing, or tying the chicken with kitchen twine, helps it cook evenly and keeps the shape intact.
  • Use Fresh Herbs: If you have fresh thyme, rosemary, or oregano on hand, feel free to use them instead of dried herbs for an extra burst of flavor.
  • Baste Occasionally: While roasting, baste the chicken with the pan juices or lemon mixture every 20-30 minutes to keep it moist.
  • Check the Temperature: Use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) for safe consumption.
  • Rest Before Carving: Allow the chicken to rest for about 10 minutes after cooking. This allows the juices to redistribute, keeping the meat moist.

Serving Suggestions

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Recommended Sides:

  • Roasted vegetables (such as carrots, potatoes, and asparagus)
  • A fresh garden salad with a lemon vinaigrette
  • Creamy mashed potatoes
  • Steamed broccoli with garlic butter
  • Crusty bread for soaking up those delicious juices


  • Fresh lemon slices or wedges
  • Chopped fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary, or parsley)
  • Roasted garlic cloves


  • A crisp white wine like Sauvignon Blanc
  • Iced tea with lemon and mint
  • Sparkling water with a splash of lemon juice
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Different Serving Styles:

  • Family-style: Place the whole chicken on a platter surrounded by sides for everyone to serve themselves.
  • Sliced: Carve the chicken and arrange slices on individual plates.
  • Tacos or Wraps: Shred the chicken and serve it with tortillas, lettuce, and your favorite taco toppings.

Frequently Asked Questions about 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.

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