Lemon Basil Chicken Recipe
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Lemon Basil Chicken Recipe

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For Sunday dinner or any time, this tender, fragrant chicken is special. —;Marguerite Marshall, Carencro, Louisiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours + standing
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours + standing
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 medium lemon
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled divided
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil, divided
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 282 calories, 18g fat (6g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 299mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (trace sugars, trace fiber), 28g protein


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Finely grate enough peel from lemon to measure 2 teaspoons. Cut lemon in half; squeeze juice from one half. Set aside. Slice one garlic clove; place sliced garlic, 2 tablespoons basil and the remaining lemon half in the chicken cavity.
  2. Place on a rack in a shallow roasting pan; rub with reserved lemon juice. Mince remaining garlic; combine with butter and reserved lemon peel. Rub mixture over chicken. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and remaining basil.
  3. Bake, uncovered, 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until a thermometer inserted in thigh reads 180°. Let stand 15 minutes before carving. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Lemon Basil Chicken in Taste of Home February/March 2009, p32

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed May. 18, 2014

"Great flavor. Will be making again."

Reviewed May. 16, 2014

"I love roasted chicken and would probably choose it as my final meal. This is a quite lovely way to roast chicken, and I'll certainly make it again. The breast meat was moist and tender, just delicious. And the whole chicken had the subtle flavors of lemon and basil. Not a new recipe - I first found it in an old Betty Crocker cookbook. Sometimes, the old classic recipes are the best."

Reviewed Mar. 21, 2013

"smells amazing while it cooks. Delicious fresh flavour."

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"Have made this chicken several times, and it always comes out moist and full of flavor. Thanks!"

Reviewed Mar. 1, 2011

"My family loves this chicken recipe. Very good and easy. I dont change a thing and I make it often."

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