Marinate-All-Day Greek Lemon Chicken
Greek Lemon Chicken marinates all day while you’re at work, and when you get home dinner is ready to go in the oven! This Greek Lemon Chicken is absolutely delicious and it’s also low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo, and Whole 30!
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Anyone who visits this blog regularly (and thank you for that!) will know that I’ve been updating older recipe with better photos for quite a few years now, and even though I’m pretty systematic and diligent about those updates, occasionally I still stumble on a recipe back in the archives with a pretty bad photo. And recently when I saw this recipe for Greek Lemon Chicken that I first posted in 2007, it went right to the top of my “must update photos” list.
I don’t know how many people still roast chicken at home now that it’s so inexpensive to just grab a rotisserie chicken at the store, but I promise that not only is this chicken delicious, but the wonderful smell that fills your house while the chicken is roasting makes it worth the little bit of extra effort. Greek Lemon Chicken marinates all day in a plastic bag in a mixture of lemon juice, olive oil, and Greek spices, and in the evening you just pop it in the oven for an easy dinner in about an hour.
Mix the fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, Greek seasoning, olive oil, salt, and pepper to make the marinade. Tying the chicken is optional, but I like to do it. Put the chicken in a plastic bag with the marinade and let it marinate all day in the fridge.
I rig up a roasting pan by putting a rack inside a baking dish, which lets the hot air circulate under the chicken, but you can roast it just on a baking sheet as well. Start the chicken with breast side down and cook at 450F/220C for 25 minutes.
Then turn the chicken over, lower the heat to 350F/180C and cook 35-45 minutes more. (I use an Instant-Read Meat Thermometer
to cook until the chicken reaches 170F.)
You can broil the chicken for a couple of minutes if you’d like to brown the top a bit more, but even if you skip that step, this chicken is pretty photogenic!
Marinate-All-Day Greek Lemon Chicken
(Makes about 6 servings, recipe created by Kalyn.)
Whole chicken, about 4-5 pounds (I used a chicken from Costco for this photo)
1/3 cup olive oil, good quality
1/4 cup lemon juice (You could use fresh-frozen lemon juice for this recipe)
1 T Greek seasoning, see note below
1 tsp. grated lemon zest (optional but recommended)
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
I usually tie the chicken with string, but you don’t have to. Mix marinade ingredients in measuring cup. Put chicken in large Ziploc bag, pour marinade over, then zip bag shut and mix well, until chicken is well coated. Put in fridge all day while you’re at work.
After work, preheat oven to 450F/220C, drain marinade off and put chicken in glass or heavy metal roasting pan, breast side down. (I like to use a pan with a rack in it so the hot air circulates under the chicken, but any roasting pan or baking dish will work.)
Roast about 25 minutes, then turn breast side up and baste with pan juices. Lower heat to 350 and roast about another 35-45 minutes, or until top is browned and Instant-Read Meat Thermometer reads about 170. It takes about an hour and 15 minutes for a 5 pound chicken. Let rest 10 minutes before carving.
I like Sunny Greek Islands Salt-Free Seasoning from The Spice House for this recipe, but any Greek Seasoning will work. If you don’t have Greek Seasoning, I’d use 1 tsp each oregano, garlic powder and marjoram; or other spices you like on chicken. (The Spice House has not paid me to mention their Greek Seasoning, and they have no idea I’m writing about it here.)
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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Those who are South Beach Dieters should let other family members have the legs and thighs and eat the breast meat, which has less saturated fat. With that caution, this would be a great dish for the South Beach Diet, and it would also work for most low-carb eating plans, even Keto.
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Pan-Grilled Chicken with Green Olive, Caper, and Lemon Relish ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
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Clean Eating Low-Carb Bok Choy Cashew Chicken ~ The Gracious Pantry
Baked Chicken Stuffed with Pesto and Cheese ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Oven Baked Crispy Chicken ~ Barefeet in the Kitchen