Juicy chicken breasts with roasted lemon and rosemary

tuscan roasted lemon chicken with rosemary




Yield 4 servings

Serve the chicken on a platter over arugula or other baby greens.



  1. Put the chicken breasts on a rimmed baking sheet – I use a 13 x 9 inch quarter sheet pan - and drizzle with some olive oil. Turn the chicken over to coat on both sides with the oil.
  2. 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 finely; scatter over the top of the breasts and rub into the skin. Arrange the lemon halves flesh side down around the chicken.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  4. Roast chicken 12 minutes; baste with some of the pan juices. Crank up the oven temperature to 475 degrees and roast and additional 15 minutes, 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).
  5. Let the chicken rest about 5 minutes. Transfer to a serving plate and squeeze the 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.


If you don't have kosher salt, reduce the amount by half, to 3/4 teaspoon fine salt.

Courses main course/chicken

Cuisine italian

Recipe by Familystyle Food at