Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Marinate-All-Day Greek Lemon Chicken Recipe (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free, Paleo)

Greek Lemon Chicken marinates all day while you're at work, and when you get home dinner is ready to go in the oven!

Marinate-All-Day Greek Lemon Chicken Recipe found on KalynsKitchen.com

Anyone who visits this blog regularly (and thank you for that!) will know that I've been updating older recipe with better photos for quite a few years now, and even though I'm pretty systematic and diligent about those updates, occasionally I still stumble on a recipe back in the archives with a pretty bad photo.  And recently when I saw this recipe for Greek Lemon Chicken that I first posted in 2007, it went right to the top of my "must update photos" list.  

I don't know how many people still roast chicken at home now that it's so inexpensive to just grab a rotisserie chicken at the store, but I promise that not only is this chicken delicious, but the wonderful smell that fills your house while the chicken is roasting makes it worth the little bit of extra effort.  Greek Lemon Chicken marinates all day in a plastic bag in a mixture of lemon juice, olive oil, and Greek spices, and in the evening you just pop it in the oven for an easy dinner in about an hour.

Marinate-All-Day Greek Lemon Chicken Recipe found on KalynsKitchen.com
Mix the fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, Greek seasoning, olive oil, salt, and pepper to make the marinade.  Tying the chicken is optional, but I like to do it. Put the chicken in a plastic bag with the marinade and let it marinate all day in the fridge.

Marinate-All-Day Greek Lemon Chicken Recipe found on KalynsKitchen.com
I rig up a roasting pan by putting a rack inside a baking dish, which lets the hot air circulate under the chicken, but you can roast it just on a baking sheet as well.  Start the chicken with breast side down and cook at 450F/220C for 25 minutes.


Marinate-All-Day Greek Lemon Chicken Recipe found on KalynsKitchen.com
Then turn the chicken over, lower the heat to 350F/180C and cook 35-45 minutes more.  (I use an Instant-Read Meat Thermometerto cook until the chicken reaches 170F.)


Marinate-All-Day Greek Lemon Chicken Recipe found on KalynsKitchen.com
You can broil the chicken for a couple of minutes if you'd like to brown the top a bit more, but even if you skip that step, this chicken is pretty photogenic!


Original Photo for Marinate-All-Day Greek Lemon Chicken Recipe found on KalynsKitchen.com
And just to show you why I want to work so hard updating some of my earliest photos, here's the original picture of this Greek Lemon Chicken from back in 2007.  Need I say more?


Marinate-All-Day Greek Lemon Chicken Recipe found on KalynsKitchen.com
Marinate-All-Day Greek Lemon Chicken
(Makes about 6 servings, recipe created by Kalyn.)

Ingredients:
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 (You could use fresh-frozen lemon juice for this recipe)
1 T Greek seasoning, see note below
1 tsp. grated lemon zest (optional but recommended)
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Instructions:
I usually tie the chicken with string, but you don't have to. Mix marinade ingredients in measuring cup. 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 450F/220C, drain marinade off and put chicken in glass or heavy metal roasting pan, breast side down. (I like to use a pan with a rack in it so the hot air circulates under the chicken, but any roasting pan or baking dish will work.)

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 Meat Thermometer reads about 170. It takes about an hour and 15 minutes for a 5 pound chicken. Let rest 10 minutes before carving.

Greek Seasoning:
I like Sunny Greek Islands Salt-Free Seasoning from The Spice House for this recipe, but any Greek Seasoning will work.  If you don't have Greek Seasoning, I'd use 1 tsp each oregano, garlic powder and marjoram; or other spices you like on chicken.  (The Spice House has not paid me to mention their Greek Seasoning, and they have no idea I'm writing about it here.)  

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South Beach/Low-Carb 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, and it would also work well for most low-carb eating plans.  For a low-carb meal, Greek Lemon Chicken 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.

Nutritional Information?
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.

More Low-Carb Ideas for Chicken:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Pan-Grilled Chicken with Green Olive, Caper, and Lemon Relish ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Low-Carb Thai Curry Chicken Wings ~ All Day I Dream About Food
Green Chile and Chicken Mock Enchilada Casserole ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Clean Eating Low-Carb Bok Choy Cashew Chicken ~ The Gracious Pantry
Baked Chicken Stuffed with Pesto and Cheese ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
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43 comments:

  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!

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

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  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!

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  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...

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

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  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!

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

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  8. Hello,

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

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

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

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  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.

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  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.

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  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

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  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!

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  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!!!!

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  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!)

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  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!

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

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  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.

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  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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  21. I'm still a roast chicken fan, and I make one nearly every week. And you know I'm a fan of Greek seasoning, too!

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    1. Lydia, I could eat just about anything with Greek seasoning on it.

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  22. I'd eat a large portion of this right now for an amazing breakfast if I could! Wow, Kalyn! The thing about store-bought rotisserie chickens for those of us who are gluten free is so often they are not gluten free. We'll be told they're gluten free and then have a reaction to only find out that they've been cooked under the gluten-full chickens (or have been "glutenated" in some other way). So finding an easy and fabulous recipe so we can make divine roast chicken at home is very important. Absolutely love this recipe, Kalyn! And I think it's perfect for dinner with a friend who'll be visiting next week. With salad and a vegetable dish, it will make for a very lovely meal.

    Thanks, dear!
    Shirley

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    1. Thanks Shirley. I've heard that about rotisserie chicken and I am so puzzled as t owhy they need to add something with gluten to roasted chicken. So wrong. Glad you like this recipe.

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    2. You're welcome, of course! I know on the gluten factor ... so wrong and so crazy. I'll admit that at times I really miss the convenience of being able to pick up a rotisserie chicken for dinner. Costco has gluten-free rotisserie chicken, but Costco is a half hour away and not in a spot I visit. Admittedly the store-bought chickens never come close to a home-cooked chicken made from a recipe like this one though! Thanks again!

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  23. Could you use chicken breasts in this marinade instead of the whole chicken - or would you need to make some adaptations? I love your site and use it all of the time.

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    1. Hi Susie, thanks for the nice feedback on the site. I do have a recipe where I marinate chicken breasts in something very similar to this and then grill it, but what is sometimes problematic with chicken breasts is the way they can dry out in the oven. What I would do (although it's a little unorthodox) is make the marinade, marinate the chicken in about 3/4 of it but save the rest. Then when it's time to cook, take the chicken out of the marinade, put in a baking pan, pour over the small amount of marinade you saved, and bake at about 400. Not sure how long it would take, you'd have to watch it.

      And I've never thought of it before, but I'm thinking that chicken breasts with this marinade and cooked in a stove-top grill pan would be really good. Might have to experiment with an actual recipe for that!

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  24. I can never resist grabbing whole fryers when they are on sale, so I always have about 3-4 in the freezer. Even though rotisserie chicken is good, it can't compare with home roasted. Can I ask you a question about reposting and updated post - do you just update the published date? What happens to the old post and link?

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    1. Hi Pam,
      One reason I never wanted to leave Blogger is the way you can update a post without changing the original URL. I have no idea how that works on Wordpress though.

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    2. It did keep your original url?! I'll have to look into this. I don't have a clue how to do it with wordpress!

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  25. Yes, it does keep the same url (as long as you don't change the date, just edit and then "update" the post.) I how excited I was when Blogger made this change; what a great feature!

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  26. Wow, this is definitely something that I could make andI know the whole family will love. I have thought about going back to redo photos from my older posts. Do you delete the old post? do you rename it? Or do you give it a new name?

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    1. Marlene, I have been updating older photos for about 6 or 7 years now. It depends on what blogging platform you use, but on Blogger you can just update the original post and it doesn't break the link. (E-mail me if you're using Blogger and I can share the instructions.)

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  27. I've honestly never marinated a whole chicken before! And I love lemon + chicken, so this is a sure thing for certain. Thanks for the inspiration!

    ~ Anne

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  28. It looks amazing! really the only reason i grow rosemary is for moments like this one:)

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  29. Fantastic job Kalyn! Here's a small tip from us (being native Greeks). You can slide in a thick stick of feta in the chicken's belly. It will roast along with the chicken and will taste amazing when served along side the meat.
    Again, excellent work!
    Panos and Mirella

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    1. I love that idea; thanks for sharing!

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  30. I love the idea of using feta in the chicken from the other commenter ! My question is how long do you think this would take in a slow cooker ? Would love to make it during the summer without heating up the house. I'm positively drooling over this recipe ! BB

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    1. I haven't cooked whole chicken in the slow cooker but I know you can do it; I would Google to see how long to cook it.

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