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Roasted Chicken with Lemon Sauce Recipe

Roasted Chicken with Lemon Sauce Recipe

“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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 640 calories, 32g fat (9g saturated fat), 179mg cholesterol, 414mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 3g fiber), 57g protein.

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styff2015 User ID: 8015909 237935
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2015

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

LaciChadd User ID: 6963723 191477
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2013

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

deb540 User ID: 6791332 122678
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."

tiarks31 User ID: 4926551 149103
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!"

nikispangler User ID: 3027603 122667
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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