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Lemon Basil Chicken

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 282 calories, 18g fat (6g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 299mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 28g protein.

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  • homemadewithlove
    Jan 7, 2018

    Wonderful flavor, moist and tender. Great weekend meal or for company.

  • pajamaangel
    Apr 17, 2017

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  • justmbeth
    May 18, 2014

    Great flavor. Will be making again.

  • MexicoKaren
    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.

  • kelkel_7
    Mar 21, 2013

    smells amazing while it cooks. Delicious fresh flavour.

  • bookhamster
    Mar 19, 2013

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  • emily_cs
    Dec 20, 2011

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

  • sscruggs819
    Mar 1, 2011

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

  • PenneyPike
    Nov 12, 2010

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  • LizCav
    Aug 23, 2010

    I made this to use up some of my basil from my garden. I was afraid the basil would be too strong, but it balanced out well. I didn't get the golden crust that the picture had, but it could be because I didn't cook it long enough (cooked it for 1 1/4 hrs). The taste was good, but not amazing. Not overly impressed.