Lemon-Thyme Roast Chicken Recipe

Lemon-Thyme Roast Chicken
Who doesn't like roast chicken? How about giving this Lemon-Thyme Roast Chicken a try.

Nutrition Facts

  • 165
  • 25
  • 1
  • 6
  • Notice: Eating the right diet for your goals may result in increased gains and decreased bodyfat.


  • One 4-pound 8-ounce roasting chicken
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large lemons
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled
  • Six 4" fresh thyme sprigs or 2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
  • Additional fresh thyme sprigs, to garnish

Cooking Instructions

Preheat oven to 350deg F. Sprinkle chicken cavities with 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. On work surface, roll lemons, pressing down slightly with heel of your hand, (go easy since I know you weight train, press lightly) until softened. With skewer or toothpick, pierce each lemon 15 times about 1" deep. Place pierced lemons, 5 garlic cloves and thyme into large cavity of chicken; place remaining garlic clove into small cavity. Truss chicken. Sprinkle chicken evenly with remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Place chicken, breast-side up, onto rack in large roasting pan; roast 2-2 1/4 hours, until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear when pierced with fork or meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion of thigh registers 180deg F. Remove from oven; let stand 10 minutes. Remove and discard skin from chicken and lemons, garlic and thyme from cavities; carve chicken. Serve garnished with additional thyme sprigs.

Serving Suggestions

Lemon-Thyme roast chicken can be served with almost anything! Brown rice and salad, garden vegetables with bolied whole potatoes, roast vegetables...use your imagination!

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Doug is an ex-competitive bodybuilder with over 20 years fitness experience, specifically diet & nutrition, weight management and training techniques.

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Posted Wed, 01/23/2013 - 17:11

Hi sorry for the silly question, new to all this. Is the nutritional breakdown for these meals per 100g?

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Posted Thu, 11/08/2012 - 03:40

great meal, had it with steamed asparegus and brocolil. Deffinately one for the books

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Posted Sun, 05/22/2011 - 21:10
James Worde

Wonderful meal I had it with sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli. I added apple pie as a dessert since I need the calories to gain, (i'm an ectomorph).