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Roasted Lime Chicken

The subtle citrus flavor infused throughout this moist and baked lime chicken makes it a frequent request for family dinners. It's the ideal way to use fresh herbs such as rosemary, sage, thyme and parsley. —Kathy Lewis-Martinez, Spring Valley, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + marinating Bake: 2 hours + standing
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley or 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary or 2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh sage or 2 teaspoons rubbed sage
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme or 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 roasting chicken (6 to 7 pounds)
  • 4 medium limes, cut into wedges


  • Combine the first 9 ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate 1/4 cup marinade; pour remaining marinade into a large shallow dish. Add the chicken and turn to coat. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  • Drain chicken, discarding marinade. Place lime wedges inside the cavity. Tuck wings under chicken; tie drumsticks together. Place chicken breast-side up on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Brush reserved marinade over chicken.
  • Bake at 350° for 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until a thermometer inserted in thigh reads 165°. Cover loosely with foil if chicken browns too quickly. Let stand 15 minutes before carving.
Nutrition Facts
5 ounces cooked chicken: 341 calories, 19g fat (5g saturated fat), 108mg cholesterol, 629mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 35g protein.

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  • Pam
    Aug 6, 2020

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  • justmbeth
    Nov 17, 2014

    This was very good and moist. Skin did brown quickly so had to use the foil as suggested. I was only able to fit about 3 1/2 limes in the cavity but my chicken was only about 5 lbs.

  • leslie1968
    Jun 14, 2013

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  • tinabush
    Apr 1, 2013

    We love all the flavor the lime,and herbs give to this chicken. You won't be disappointed.

  • LCluvsit
    Feb 20, 2013

    Great flavor and super easy to make! I served it with extra slices of lime. I would recommend this!

  • ma_spain
    Feb 16, 2013

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  • sswimmomm
    Jan 27, 2013

    I confess I didn't even have time to marinate the chicken and the recipe still came out great- I rubbed the marinade in under the skin on top of the skin and placed citrus slices under the skin poured the remainder in the cavity - used the drippings for gravy too was worried the citrus in the gravy would be a turn off but everyone liked the gravy.

  • pncboyer
    Jan 24, 2013

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  • hallkm02
    Jan 21, 2013

    I did this for a large family meal and everyone loved it.

  • texasja7
    Jan 13, 2013

    We halved the recipe for use with a Cornish Game Hen and grilled the hen on an Alder plank for just over an hour. Skin a bit dark. The meat was delicious with the herb, lime and a slightly smokey taste. We would definitely make this juicy, delicious recipe again. Thank you