Saturday, December 15, 2007

Recipe Favorites: Greek Lemon Chicken

Roast Chicken
(Updated 12-15-2007) I'm already noticing bloggers announcing that they're taking the rest of December off. Like everyone, I'm cooking a lot less these days and spending time getting ready for Christmas. I do have a few new recipes coming during the holidays, but I'm also going to spotlight some of my favorites from the past for the rest of December.

This is one of my favorite recipes for roast chicken. Using olive oil, lemon, and oregano is a traditional Greek way to season chicken, and this specific combination was the one I arrived at after several experiments. The Penzeys Greek Seasoning is one of my favorite spice combinations from Penzeys. My Greek friends tell me that the chicken should be basted with melted butter during the last bit of cooking time to be truly Greek, but I skip that to make it a bit more South Beach Diet friendly. This chicken will taste delicious whether or not you feel like splurging on the butter.

Greek Lemon Chicken
(Makes about 6 servings, recipe created by Kalyn.)

Whole chicken, about 4-5 pounds (I used a chicken from Costco for this photo)

Marinade Ingredients:
1/3 cup olive oil, good quality
1/4 cup lemon juice (fresh is best)
1 T Greek seasoning (Penzeys brand is good, or use 1 tsp each oregano, garlic powder and marjoram or any spices you like on chicken)
1 tsp. grated lemon zest (optional but recommended)
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

I usually tie the chicken with string, but you don't have to. Mix marinade ingredients in small bowl. Put chicken in large Ziploc bag, pour marinade over, then zip bag shut and mix well, until chicken is well coated. Put in fridge all day while you're at work.

After work, preheat oven to 450, drain marinade off and put chicken in glass or heavy metal roasting pan, breast side down. Roast about 25 minutes, then turn breast side up and baste with pan juices. Lower heat to 350 and roast about another 35-45 minutes, or until top is browned and instant read thermometer reads about 170. It usually takes about an hour and 15 minutes for a 5 pound chicken. Let rest 10 minutes before carving.

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South Beach Suggestions:
Those who are South Beach Dieters should let other family members have the legs and thighs and eat the breast meat, which has less saturated fat. With that caution, this would be a great dish for the South Beach Diet. This would go well with Slow Roasted Asparagus which can cook at the same time as the chicken, and Mary's Perfect Salad Dressing on spring lettuce mix.

More Ideas for Roast Chicken:
Roast Chicken with Cilantro and Lime
Pan Roasted Chicken with Mushrooms, Onions, and Rosemary
Roasted Chicken with Kalyn's Roast Chicken Seasoning Rub
Roasted Chicken Thighs with Black Bean Garlic Marinade
Roasted Garlic Chicken from Simply Recipes
Barbara Fairchild's Spicy Roast Chicken from The Wednesday Chef
Fastest Roast Chicken from the Paupered Chef
The Best Roast Chicken Recipe from Jaden's Steamy Kitchen
Perfect Roast Chicken from FamilyStyle Foodcounter customizable free hit


  1. Hi Kaylan,

    I've been visiting for a couple of weeks now and decided to let you know. Very nice site you have here. Beautiful photos, delicious looking recipes and great low-carb information. I had been thinking of going low-carb for a couple of months and finally started on Monday (Jan 9), so your site is really a great find.

    I'm very new to food blogging (started in Oct '05) and was wondering if "Weekend Herb Blogging" is open to all who are interested or if it is only for a particular group of food bloggers. It seems interesting and I was thinking I might like to try it.

    Glad I found your site, though I don't remember how I ran across it. Thanks for being here!

  2. Aw, that comment above is so sweet. (Psst: Mixed Masala! You can join in Weekend Herb Blogging! C'mon!)
    Kalyn: You're tagged!

  3. Oh, I LOVE Greek Chicken! I make a slow cooker version and it is the only recipe I know that can make me salivate just from the aroma. YUM!

  4. Hi Kalyn,
    It made me smile reading that you had to resist to baste the chicken with melted butter ;) Because that's what I learned from my grandma and as much as I try to cut back on excessive use of butter, I just love it too much to be successful in doing so...

  5. Great looking roast chicken. I will def try this recipe. I've bookmarked already...

  6. Awesome picture! kalyn, your dishes are always flavoured with a balanced and aromatic choice of seasonings with herbs, as always, it's very tempting! happy weekend!

  7. Hey, thanks to all my friends for their nice comments. Everyone, this is sooooo delicious, I do hope you will try it.

  8. Hello,

    I tried this recipe and i want everybody to know that low carb do taste good.

  9. Historical update: Comments before this one are from the original post in early 2006. Fun to see some familiar names!

  10. This sounds delicious! The picture is making my mouth water - the chicken looks wonderful and crispy.

  11. I've been roasting my chickens just about like this for many years now. The first time I tried it with lemon and thyme and was just totally blown away with such incredible flavor! It was a stunning discovery.

  12. Kaylan,

    This recipe took me back! My yia-yia (Greek grandma) used to make Greek chicken all the time when I was little and I used to think "Do we have to eat this all the time?". Now I would love to eat it ALL THE TIME!

    I love reading your blog, it's like food porn.

  13. Ohhh my goodness this chicken looks YUMMY and actually like something I can do too :D Always looking for good chicken recipes, thank you SO SO much, Carm

  14. I lost 20 pounds last year on SBD, but alas, feel off the wagon last October. I gained back 10 pounts. So now it is back to the grindstone for 2009! This recipe looks fantastic and will be a good way to get back into the swing of things. My husband will be sure to love it as well. Thanks for a GREAT site!

  15. I also love Grecian Cvhicken, and today I am going to try to make some myself. I have been studying this recipe for a while and finally decided to grill it. Thanks for the tips!!!!

  16. Hope you like it. This should be good on the grill. (And this is a very old post, and I'm hating that top photo; must make it again!)

  17. I prepared this recipe last night and let me just tell you, between three people, that chicken got DEMOLISHED! Delicious, healthy, and from now on, a staple in our household. Great recipe!

  18. Glad you liked it. (And wow, does this need a new photo!)

  19. Roast chicken is great any way you do it! I want to know recipes on what to do with the left overs? I bag them in 4 oz baggies for daily eating but I need ideas on how to make tasty small meals with it. I also make broth/stock with the bones and guts! I make sure it is fat free and it usually take me 2 days to make it. But chicken with salad is getting a little tiresome. I love your blog! It gives me inspiration to keep on losing weight and cooking well.

  20. You can enter "diced chicken" or "leftover chicken" into the blog search bar and find all the recipes for cooked chicken.


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