Lemon Rosemary Paprika Chicken

lemon rosemary chicken

Lemon Rosemary Chicken is typically not a Portuguese dish, but I add paprika to give it a smoky flavor and a beautiful golden crust!

I like my chicken very well done with a crispy skin so I let the chicken cook for about 2 hours. Serve with sweet potatoes or roasted potatoes.

Roast Potatoes recipe

Portuguese roast potatoes

I recommend you cook 2 chickens so you can have the leftovers all week. Just double the recipe and make my easy Chicken Pot Pie Recipe!


1 roaster chicken

2 lemons

2 tablespoons butter or margarine

2 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon salt

2 teaspoons garlic powder

1 tablespoon paprika

1 tablespoon rosemary (finely chopped)

lemon rosemary chicken prep


Butterfly the chicken in half or cook whole if desired. Place in a roasting pan.

Slice the lemons in half and squeeze the juice from 1 lemon over the chicken. Cut remaining lemon into slices.

In a small bowl mix the salt, garlic powder, paprika and rosemary. Rub the seasoning mix over the chicken and add lemon slices.

Bake at 400 degrees for 1 + 1/2 – 2 hours until the chicken skin has become golden and crispy.

Note: You may notice your timer has popped up, but let the chicken continue to to cook longer to obtain a crispy golden color.

Remove the chicken from oven and cut into the thigh joint. If you find the juices clear, the chicken is cooked. If you have a meat thermometer, the temperature should read 180 – 190 degrees.

Let it rest for about 8  minutes before carving! Enjoy!

In this photo, I cooked the sweet potatoes along with chicken and left out the lemon slices. It was outstanding!



















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