Baked Lemon Chicken

Total Time:
1 hr 25 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
1 hr 10 min

Yield:
4 servings

Ingredients
  • One 3 1/2- to 4-pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces, patted dry
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Flour for dredging
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • Peel of half a lemon, white pith removed, cut into very thin strips
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup chicken broth, homemade or canned low-sodium
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Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge in the flour and pat off the excess. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the chicken skin-side down and saute until golden brown, about 5 minutes per side. Remove the chicken from the skillet and reserve.

Discard the oil and wipe the pan out with a paper towel. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and heat over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook until golden, about 10 to 12 minutes. Add the lemon zest, garlic, and rosemary, and cook for 2 minutes more. Add the honey, lemon juice, and broth, increase the heat and bring to a simmer.

Use a slotted spoon to transfer the onions to a 9- by 13-inch ovenproof casserole, and spread them out. Arrange the chicken, skin-side up in a single layer on the onions. Pour the cooking liquid over the chicken. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bake in the oven, basting every 15 minutes, until cooked through, about 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve.


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My family loved this. I didn't change a thing. This is a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I only had 3 large chicken breasts so I halved the recipe, and I zested by lemon with my yester instead of thin strips. I do recommend you make the same amount of sauce regardless of how much chicken you have- it's so delicious! Also, keep an eye on it while it's in then oven. It likely doesn't need the full 45 minutes. Served this chicken with brown rice and steamed broccoli tossed with EVOO, salt and pepper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
lJust made this tonight. Yummy! It should be noted that I am only cooking for me but I actually made the same amount of sauce as the recipe called for and it was perfect! I did add a splash of white wine and used dry thyme as I don't care for rosemary too much and didn't have anything "fresh" to use. I also added a coupe of new potatoes cut in quarters and it all worked pretty well. Enjoy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty chicken. It did not take me too long to make and it turned out delicious. Next time I don't think I'll make it with the skin on but I will definitely make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was delicious. I changed nothing, and followed the recipe. I will make it again, especially for company!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was excellent, but needs a bit of changing. If you brown the chicken, don't discard the oil from step 1! Pour off half of it and keep the rest so you don't lose the chicken flavor! Also, we substituted 1 leek and 1 shallot for half of the onion, and it really improved the flavor. We also added a bit more chicken broth. The result was delicious, though as written up it needs some improvement. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ok, but too wet. (And yes, I followed the recipe.) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great flavors in this dish. I used skinless chicken thighs, so no need to perform the first step - a big time saver. Instead of basting, I simply turned the chicken over every 15 minutes - easier that way. I didn't use zest because I had used the zest of 2 lemons for another recipe. So, instead of lemon zest, I used the juice of 2 lemons. It worked out great. I served with couscous. item not reviewed by moderator and published
tasty item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought this was good, but not fantastic. Maybe more rosemary is needed. And wine and capers? It tasted a little on the boring side for a dish so highly rated, in my opinion. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a huge hit!!!!!! Everyone loved it, even my picky autistic daughter!!!! :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was absolutely wonderful. My Husband LOVED it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Used boneless breasts,, mixed a little lemon pepper seasoning with the flour and i thought half of the lemon rind minced fine was just enough and a little extra honey to add a little more sweetness,, and a little extra broth as others recommended and it was perfect,, not too lemony ,, only thing I added not in the recipe was a pinch of crushed red pepper just cause we like it,, perfect weeknight dinner,, start to on the table was just at 35-40 min item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good recipe - the chicken is not over-lemony, just the right touch of citrus. I added 1/2 cup of white wine to the chicken broth and the extra liquid seemed to help make enough drippings to baste with. Great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG! This was the Bomb. I used 5 chicken thighs, zest of 4 lemons along with the juice, 4 garlic cloves, 4Tsp of honey, 2 onions and 2 cups broth. I am cooking Sunday dinner for family members and this will be in my menu. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We thought this very good and my boyfriend doesn't usually like too many chicken dishes. I omitted the rosemary and used a little bit to thyme item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think I used too much flour for dredging, go light on that otherwise if will not be crispy, more soggy. I'd probably make this again but be more careful. Very good lemon flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was definitely a hit and will be saved for a repeat performance! I doubled the sauce and used boneless skinless breasts to keep it healthier. I found that I didn't need to fully double the lemon juice, though and also added some good grainy mustard to add another dimension of flavor. Also substituted fresh thyme for the rosemary as I'm not a big rosemary fan. This was a delicious dish with a ton of flavor! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! I think I might double the onion, lemon, garlic, broth & seasonings next time. I liked that and served it with a slotted spoon next to the chicken on the plate. I used chicken breasts and thighs (bone and skin on. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish was wonderful. It is a little labor intensive, but it was worth it. I followed the recipe exactly and did not make any changes. I made a side dish of lentil quinoa salad. It went very well with the dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great dish. I left the chicken mixture in the pan to cook the onions and it made a delicious gravy. I will make this a regular. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is great! The basting made the chicken very moist and flavorful. I zested the lemon with my microplane grater and that gave it a little more lemon zing, which I liked. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very Easy & Tasty ! My picky daughter loved it ! item not reviewed by moderator and published
WOW. This one is a home run! Easy to prepare and delicious! I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts and subbed dried tarragon, (I know, I know, for the fresh rosemary and wha-la!! It was still a perfect dish! Thank you Food Network! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was so great! We loved it! I made a double batch of the sauce and it turned out amazing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was delicious! I didn't coat the chicken in flour but just seasoned with lemon pepper and salt, then followed the rest of the recipe. I did omit the honey, though, because we like it tangy! I also zested the lemon instead of using strips. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband gave this recipe 2 thumbs up. I love it when that happens. Here is what I did. I did according to the directions except instead of cutting lemon strips, I used the zest and juice of 2 lemons and added 3 more garlic cloves of course. I also added a tablespoon of Better Than Bouillon to the chicken broth. If you want FLAVOR in any meat dish, it is a must you add this to your broth. Use it and you will see why. I used chicken legs and wings as this is my husband's favorite pieces. This recipe is a keeper. I truly hope you enjoy this dish as did my family. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The chicken tasted moist and with a delicious lemon flavor! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was great and easy to make! It needed a little more sauce besides that I wouldn't change anything. item not reviewed by moderator and published
WONDERFUL! Amazing taste! I made this with some steamed white rice and it was amazing! It is simple, and after a long day, this recipe is one to go too. GREAT JOB FOOD NETWORK KITCHEN! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Was getting tired of the same ole summertime BBQ and fried chicken. This is excellent and easy way to serve with angle hair pasta! I used drumsticks as that's about all my big picky brother will eat. BRAVO! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was looking for a new Lemon Chicken recipe for dinner tonight. And, after reading everyone's raving review I decided to give this a try. The Backed Lemon Chicken, in deed, came out really good! Even my very picky husband, who rarely finds anything "special", thought this dish is "really good". I made roasted potatoes to go with the meal and it was delicious! The sauce is especially good with the chicken. The sweetness of the onion and honey really helped balance out the acidity of the lemon and gave the sauce a mild lemony fragrance. I highly recommend using bone-in chicken dark meat or medium thickness boneless chicken breast for this dish. Using bone in chicken breast may cause loosing some of the flavor as the white meat closes to the center bone may not get as much absorption from the sauce as it should. This truly is a fool proof recipe~. If you're looking for a revamp to a chicken dish to make, you've just found one! Happy Eating! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It wasn't all that lemony but that may be because I zested the lemon peel instead of cut the thin strips because it seemed so much easier. Even without the bold taste of lemon though, this recipe was so delicious!! I'm putting it on my "Meals to make when I'm having guests" list! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this recipe very easy to make, delicious, and turned out just right! This will go in my file of favorites. Thank you item not reviewed by moderator and published
I wanted a new recipe for our boring, weekly chicken so I found this recipe and thought - great I actually have these ingredients! It was more time consuming than I had expected, but worth it! I used limes instead of the lemons and chicken breasts cut in half and everyone in our family cleaned their plates - and that almost never happens! This one's a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have several lemon chicken recipes and this is wonderful. The chicken was tender and full of flavor. I love the onions in this and think it adds another depth of flavor and texture. I am not a hughe fan of Rosemary, so I used fresh Thyme and it was delicious. This has become one recipe that everybody asks for. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was good but I wouldn't call it great. The prep work took a little longer then I thought it would. I made it with chicken thighs and breasts with a side of garlic mashed potatoes but I can see how pasta or rice would be better. When putting in the lemon, taste it so you know if it tastes lemony enough before you put it in the oven. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am so impressed with the combination of all the flavors. Absolutely superb! I have all my family and friends making it now. The feedback I've received has been nothing short of amazing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is one of tastiest recipes, and my family's absolute favorite. I use 4 chicken breasts instead and serve it over angel hair pasta. Delish!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was very easy to prepare and my whole family loved it! I'll definately be making this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is quick and delicious way to make lemon chicken. My family loves when I make it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Whenever my family loves a recipe they always say "2nd Request". My picky eater daughter cleared her plate and asked for more! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The taste of this dish is remarkable. The lemon juice and zest make it refreshing and the rosemary gives it a delicious flavor. A great blend. It is easy to prepare and gives you time to prepare the rest of the meal while it is baking in the oven. I give it four stars on presentation.y family loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Goes great over rice item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy recipe, came out tasting great! My very picky husband enjoyed it very much, as did I! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a great choice. Few steps but worth it. I used boneless/skinless breast. Family loved it. Will make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The chicken came out very tender but I expected there to be a more lemony flavor. My husband was surprised when I told him this was a lemon chicken recipe. I would make this again but increase the amount of lemon juice. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is SOOO GOOD. I have made it for so many people and have had no complaints. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought this chicken was terrific! The only thing I didn't have was the rosemary, and I didn't even miss it. Very flavorful and juicy. I think the key to this is the lemon peel. It adds so much pure lemon flavor. I'll definitely be making this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a very good chicken recipe. The chicken turned out great, but I had to improvise. I had to double the recipe, so I just eyeballed the measurements. I also used cilantro since I didn't have any rosemary, and I used more chicken broth to make sure the chicken didn't dry out. Even though I used the recipe as a starting off point, it still turned out moist with a subtle lemon flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm a first time in this whole cooking thing, and cooking baked lemon chicken was quite easy. My parent and godparent loves it. Especially my mom, she likes tangy food. Any teenagers who wants to impress an adult? Here's the stuff! item not reviewed by moderator and published
deliciously tender item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is wonderful! The lemon chicken comes out very zesty not bland. I loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am 38 yrs old and have always been too busy working or at school to really cook. This was so easy to make and the taste was wonderful. The whole family loved it!!! The chicked was so tender and the flavors of lemon, garlic and the onion blended so well. You have to try this one!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is a wonderful fresh chicken dish. the chicken stayed very moist. i will use again item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish isn't too bad, but it could use some more flavor. Also there didn't seem to be enough sauce for the basting, so the chicken came out a little dry. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used 4 large chicken breasts instead of a whole chicken. Also increased the lemon juice to 1/3 cup and added the zest of an entire lemon. They honey adds a nice, but subtle flavor to the chicken and gives the skin a beautiful golden hue. I served this with a simple mushroom risotto and a mixed greens salad. Very tasty...I will definitely make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The whole family loves it... even my 4 year old. Great lemon flor but no too powerful. Refreshing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
healthy and it taste great!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is great on pasta. Go easy on the lemon though. A little is good, but a lot is just way too much! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The title says it all. But I'll toss in a few more adjectives for free: delicious, simple, healthy, easy, delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent recipe. I prepared as a housewarming dinner for some finicky eaters and they loved it. Easy to fix and rave reviews from the movers ! Great tangy but not over-powering lemon taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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