Lemon stuffed chicken

Lemon stuffed chicken recipe

This is one of my favorite recipes, so ridiculously simple and always getting a success!
It’s perfect for a dinner with friends (count 1 4lbs chicken for 4 servings) or a Sunday lunch with grandma… Whatever the occasion may be, if you’re going for a smaller chicken, don’t forget to adapt the cooking time ;-)

Preparation Time : 10 mn – Cooking Time : 1 h

Ingredients (for 4 servings):

1 whole chicken
1 non-treated lemon
4 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon of salt
1/8 teaspoon of pepper


1/ Preheat oven to 450° F (230° C)

2/ Rinse chicken and dry it with a paper towel. Pour some salt & pepper inside.

3/ Clean lemon and make it holes with a fork so the juice comes out while cooking.

4/ Insert the lemon and some thyme in the chicken. If your chicken is too small, cut the lemon in 4 pieces and insert the quarters inside it.

5/ Pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil on a roasting pan. Place chicken on it.

6/ Add 3 tbs of olive oil, thyme, salt and pepper on the chicken.

7/ Bake chicken for around 1 hour, turning it every 20 minutes and basting often with the juice.

4 thoughts on “Lemon stuffed chicken

  1. Food Lover
    12/15/2008 at 9:02 AM

    Simple and nice recipe is always a favourite ha!

  2. Chef E
    12/23/2008 at 10:24 PM

    I had simply forgot about this…my son used to like to show off to his grandparents making this with basil under the skin and lemon pieces…Thanks for reminding me to do this one again soon!

  3. Issie
    07/19/2009 at 7:50 AM

    Got the Chicken yesterday and was thinking, what to do different
    This sounds lovely, will try it out for lunch today.

  4. 12/05/2010 at 12:19 PM

    Thanks, thats very useful stuff to know! I must admit I’m a bit of a failure in the kitchen, but I’m trying my best to learn. Admitting iis the first step right!? I promised to cook a whole meal for my wife this weekend for the first time – very exciting! I found some simple recipe at this site, seems to be designed exactly for people like me, which is great! Anyway, thanks for your tips, I’ll be sure to bookmark this site to read more later.

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