Roasted Chicken with Lemon Sauce Recipe
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Roasted Chicken with Lemon Sauce Recipe

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“Our family loves chicken cooked many ways, but this roasted version is one of our favorites. If your family likes lemon flavor, this is a good dish to try. It’s so simple to make.” —Geneva Garrison, Jacksonville, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 2 hours + standing
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 2 hours + standing
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 roasting chicken (6 to 7 pounds)
  • 1 medium lemon
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 medium carrots, cut into chunks
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon peel
  • 1 to 2 drops yellow food coloring, optional
  • 1 green onion, sliced

Nutritional Facts

6 ounces cooked chicken with 3/4 cup vegetables and 2 tablespoons sauce equals 640 calories, 32 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 179 mg cholesterol, 414 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 57 g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Pat chicken dry. Cut lemon in half; squeeze juice over chicken. Place lemon in cavity. Rub garlic over chicken; sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Place chicken on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Roast 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 170°-175°, basting occasionally with pan juices and adding carrots and onion during the last hour. Cover loosely with foil if chicken browns too quickly.
  3. Remove chicken from oven; tent with foil. Let stand 15 minutes before carving.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in water until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice, lemon peel and food coloring if desired.
  5. Serve sauce with chicken and vegetables. Sprinkle with green onion.
    Freeze option: Cool chicken, vegetables and sauce. Cut chicken into parts and freeze along with vegetables and sauce in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through slowly in a covered skillet until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165°, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth or water if necessary. Serve as directed.
    Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Roasted Chicken with Lemon Sauce in Simple & Delicious February/March 2011, p33

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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Reviewed Nov. 23, 2015

"The Lemon sauce was to die for. My whole family loves it!"

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2013

"I've made this over a dozen times and we gobble it up every time! Thanks!"

Reviewed Jan. 27, 2013

"Awesome dinner....everyone liked it. We've had to change our diet to low sodium, I left off the salt, added a little no salt seasoning. Wonderful...Everyone raved about it. Wish there were more leftovers."

Reviewed Apr. 28, 2011

"I put a cut up chicken in a crock pot and my family devoured it. It is an awesome fresh chicken recipe and the sauce is incredible!"

Reviewed Apr. 12, 2011

"This chicken was simple to prepare and tasted WONDERFUL! It got rave reviews from every member of our family! The lemon sauce was something special. I will definitely make this again, and next time I'll make it for guests!"

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