Here’s another super simple dinner for the books everyone. It seems like I’m running off here and there lately while somehow still trying to maintain the semblance of sanity. Know how I do it? Healthy meals to fuel my body. But, not just healthy meals; Nope I need healthy, simple, and quick meals. With an active preschooler and other life commitments, I stay busy. Some day’s I just want to grab my favorite sweats, a tray of brownies, and binge watch Ancient Aliens or something else bizarre and entertaining. Do I get lazy days like this often? Absolutely not. That’s why I have to make the best choices I can to help keep up with my daily demands. This baked lemon rosemary chicken is the best of both worlds; Easy and delicious.
I love the fresh flavors that the lemon and rosemary bring to the otherwise dull chicken. Yes, I said it. Chicken is bland guys, and often it is overcooked and dry. Yuck, who wants that? I certainly don’t. I like food that will not only fuel my body with healthy and useful nutrients, but that will satisfy me. I need flavor and lots of it with every meal.
I’ve found the best way to enjoy juicy, flavorful chicken is to buy the bone-in variety. Whether you prefer a whole cut up chicken with a range of light and dark meat or one or the other, this recipe will be delicious. The skin helps to baste the chicken which keeps it moist and flavorful. Skin-on chicken isn’t as healthy as boneless skinless breast, but the flavor is undeniably better. I think when paired with veggies that the fat content from a little bit of skin on my chicken is just fine. You make your own decisions, but I suspect you will come to the same conclusion.
I love this chicken because the prep is so simple. With a prep time of 5 minutes, you can fit this into nearly any schedule. Just slice the lemons and roughly chop some fresh rosemary. Season the chicken and pop it in the oven. My favorite thing to serve with this is cubed and roasted butternut squash and roasted green beans. I add both of these veggies to a separate sheet pan and pop them in the oven along with the chicken. To keep it super simple, I only season my vegetables with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roasted veggies have so much natural flavoring you don’t have to do anything else to them. So easy, right?
Now that you have your dinner in the oven go ahead and tackle homework, baths, or whatever else is demanding your attention. In an hour, you can strike one or even several things off your to-do list and have a delicious and healthy dinner ready and waiting on you. Do you know what the best part is? Other than a yummy meal? Very little clean up. A few plates and silverware along with a sheet pan and that’s all the cleanup this requires. Perfection. I mean who wants to do dishes at the end of the day? Certainly not me!
Are you ready to give this baked lemon rosemary chicken a try?
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|Prep Time||5 minutes|
|Cook Time||60 minutes|
|Passive Time||0 minutes|
- 3 whole bone-in skin on chicken breast
- 1 tbsp advocado oil
- 1 lemon sliced
- 1 lemon juiced reserve half lemon to squeeze over before eating
- 2 tbsp fresh rosemary roughly chopped
- 1 tsp coarse celtic sea salt
- 9 cranks fresh cracked black pepper
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees
- Drizzle chicken breast with avocado oil
- Squeeze 1/2 lemon juice over chicken
- Season chicken with salt and pepper
- Add fresh rosemary to chicken breast
- Layer 2 lemon slices on chicken
- Bake in the oven for 60 minutes or until done. Juices should run clear when cut. Chicken should reach an internal temp of 165 degrees for safe consumption.
JenSeptember 12, 2018
I love the combo of lemon and rosemary! This is a perfect weeknight dinner for a family and it is going on my menu!
jenna | the urben lifeSeptember 12, 2018
This sounds great! I need to make this for my husband sometime soon. Love that you used avocado oil 🙂
leahSeptember 12, 2018
Ohhh I need this. I love lemon on anything chicken related haha!
JazzSeptember 13, 2018
This chicken looks cooked to perfection!
KristinaSeptember 13, 2018
I LOVE lemon and rosemary together – classic flavor pairing!
Maria MutingSeptember 14, 2018
You’re right I am going to love and bookmark this!
KortneySeptember 14, 2018
Lemon and rosemary are one of my favourite flavour combos. Love how crispy this chicken gets – I have also been getting other cuts other than the breast and am loving that dark meat!
Jules ShepardSeptember 14, 2018
This looks like an absolute crowd pleaser!
Kathy HesterSeptember 14, 2018
Great job pairing flavors! I bet this recipe is a hit.
Alisa FlemingSeptember 17, 2018
I was just thumbing through a magazine last night and they had a lemon chicken recipe that immediately caught my eye. Then I noticed they didn’t use any lemon juice in the recipe (just the sliced lemons when baking), and was disappointed. This looks like a way better recipe!
Nicole DawsonSeptember 18, 2018
Looks like the perfect roasted chicken…loving all the lemon flavor!
CathleenFebruary 25, 2020
Sounds delicious, can’t wait to make it for my boyfriend and I 😊👍🏼