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Roasted Rosemary Lemon Chicken Breasts

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How to make juicy Tuscan roasted lemon chicken breasts on a sheet pan, with roasted lemons and fresh rosemary.

Tuscan Roasted Lemon Chicken Breasts with Rosemary - super easy, juicy chicken on one sheet pan!

Here’s the truth — plain chicken breasts are usually not my favorite part of the bird.

I much prefer cooking the thighs, because they’re flavorful and juicy no matter how you cook ’em.

But when I do get the urge to cook chicken breasts for their family-pleasing convenience, this Tuscan roasted lemon chicken is the recipe and method I turn to again and again.

What’s the secret to juicy chicken breasts?

It’s in the Top Five list of age-old questions. We all want the answer to that one, along with:

  • What’s the secret to erasing wrinkles?
  • What’s the secret to inner peace?
  • What’s the secret to sweet-smelling doggie breath?

I know I’ve only listed four of the top five. I’ll let you imagine what the other one is 🙂

I doubt I’ll be eligible for a Nobel prize, but I have good news — I know the answer to the very first question. Hurray!

Tuscan Roasted Lemon Chicken - the easy way to cook juicy chicken breasts every time

The secret to juicy lemon chicken is:

(Insert long drumroll here):

Don’t overcook it.

That’s it! Well, almost. The other things are:

  • Cook chicken with skin (and bones, preferably) attached
  • Season it well with salt in advance of cooking.

I’m happy to share this four ingredient recipe for juicy chicken breasts.

It’s such a simple method you might cook chicken like this forever until the end of time.

But I hope you don’t, really, since there are definitely other great ways to cook chicken.

Tuscan Roasted Lemon Chicken - the easy way to cook juicy chicken breasts every time

But today, I’m using skin-on, boneless breasts.

That’s because sometimes my offspring make annoying whining sounds whenever they find those dark, mysterious bits close to the bone. Sigh. I’ll bet you can relate.

Fresh rosemary and lemon add that simple Tuscan-style touch that every eater in the house seems to love.

The chicken turns out juicy and delicious every time.

And don’t ignore the roasted lemons on the sheet pan — they get all caramelized and sweet, and when you squeeze them over the chicken you get a delicious natural pan sauce.

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Juicy chicken breasts with roasted lemon and rosemary

Roasted Rosemary Lemon Chicken Breasts

Karen Tedesco
Tender, savory and super-juicy baked chicken breasts – try this easy method and never make dry chicken again.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Chicken
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings


  • 4 boneless chicken breasts, skin-on , about 6 ounces each
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 lemons, cut in half
  • A few sprigs rosemary or thyme


  • Put the chicken breasts on a small rimmed baking sheet such as a 13 x 9 inch quarter sheet pan Drizzle with some olive oil. Turn the chicken over to coat on both sides with the oil.
  • Season the chicken on both sides with the salt. Let the chicken sit at room temperature 15 minutes, skin-side up. Strip the rosemary leaves from their branches and chop fine. Scatter the rosemary over the top of the breasts and rub into the skin. Arrange the lemon halves flesh side down around the chicken.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oven to 425 (220 C) degrees.
  • Roast chicken 12 minutes, then baste with some of the pan juices. Crank up the oven temperature to 475 degrees and roast and additional 15 minutes, or until the skin is golden brown and the pan juices are bubbling and dark brown. If your breasts are larger than 6 ounces they might need a few minutes more. Don’t overcook! (please).
  • Let the chicken rest about 5 minutes. Transfer to a serving plate and squeeze the roasted lemons over the chicken (one half per breast). Add a teaspoon of water to the baking sheet if necessary and scrape up the pan juices. Pour over the chicken and serve.

Karen’s Notes and Tips

  • It can be tricky to find boneless chicken with the skin on. Either buy bone-in, skin-on breasts and de-bone them yourself, or ask (nicely) your meat counter expert to remove the bones.
  • Serve the chicken on a platter over arugula or other baby greens.
  • If you don’t have kosher salt, reduce the amount by half, to 3/4 teaspoon fine salt.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 944mg | Potassium: 323mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 106IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. I’ve been looking for a simple chicken recipe to make for me and my husband. This looks like a very romantic meal. Rosemary is one of my favorite herb to cook with. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Thanks Amy! My husband is not a fan of chicken breasts (he prefers the dark meat), but even he likes them prepared this way. Hope you both enjoy! Rosemary is a favorite of mine 😉

    1. I’m so happy to hear that, Lisa! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hi! I’m going to try your recipe with turkey cutlets! Yum!

  3. Could this be done in a crockpot?

  4. I know this comment is almost a year late, but I need to say it. This is now my go-to way to make chicken! The taste is just impeccable and the breast stays so juicy… Everyone complimented my cooking. Thank you!!

    1. Ally – oh, I’m so glad to know that! Thank you, and I hope you continue to enjoy the chicken. My family still likes it (and I repeat it often 🙂

  5. This looks delicious. Can I use sea salt?

  6. I used drumsticks with this. Didnt change a thing and it turned out perfect…and delicious!

  7. Wow! My sister recommended this recipe and it is so easy and delicious! I am definitely saving and will use for years to come! Thanks!

  8. thejoyofcolor says:

    It looks great and its so easy , i’m for sure going to try it with my own grown Rosemary

  9. How long would you cook just 2 skin-on chicken breasts? Same time as above?

  10. Stephanie says:

    Would it totally ruin the recipe if I used boneless/skinless breasts? That’s what I have in the freezer now. Do you need to adjust the timing at all, etc?

    1. Hi Stephanie – No, not all. I suggest you make sure the breasts have a good coating of olive oil. Skip the 475 degree oven blast; instead roast at 425 until they’re done, about 20 minutes or so.

  11. Amy schleider says:

    Last Night’s Dinner: Karen’s juicy Rosemary Chicken with Roasted Lemon. You’re so right, very juicy and so glad I bumped into you on Food 52. Love that sight. Then I learned you live nearby in STL. I live in COMO – home of the Missouri Tigers. I’m always happy to find internet neighbors and real life nearby foodies. Anyway, just wanted to let you know, hubz loved your chicken and its juiciness, flavor even though because of his diet he peeled away the delicious skin. (I didn’t) :”) Success!!!!! So…. thank you for sharing and because of the simplicity of this meal it will always be in my noggin. YAY for a memory bank meal. Have a super day.

    1. Amy – that is fantastic! Thanks for your comment (I do love to hear how things turn out in the kitchen), and wonderful you’re in COMO. It’s a great town, isn’t it? I hope you got to enjoy your hubby’s chicken skin 🙂

  12. Karen,
    What a gorgeous post! The second picture, in particular, is stunning. Nice work, amica. Oh, and did I mention the recipe… my husband says I must try this.

    1. Can’t wait to hear what your better half thinks of it. You certainly must have trained his palate very well 🙂
      Buon appetito Adri!

  13. There’s nothing better than rosemary and lemon with chicken. I love that you finish the dish with the roasted lemons… mouth-watering!

  14. We love rosemary at our house and this looks great. Rosemary is chock full of health benefits. Your pics are lovely and so appetizing. I appreciate recipes with few ingredients, too. Will try it this week. Thanks!

  15. CHRISTY VOGL says:

    Karen, this looks delicious, what a great simple recipe, I am always looking for different ways to cook chicken.

  16. Yum! If you used bone in breasts, would cooking time need to be adjusted? Love these flavors!

    1. Great question Janice! Yes, for sure adjust the time for bone-in breasts – 20 minutes at 400 degrees and another 15 at 475.