Italian Lemon Roast Chicken Pot

Nothing is more fun for me than surprising a friend!  Or more nerve wracking!!!  I can’t believe this day arrived without me letting this surprise slip past my big fat lips.

SURPRISE Liz!! It’s a baby shower just for you!

So what am I bringing to the party table?  Well something healthy that includes lemon of course.
Italian Lemon Roast Chicken Pot
is a one pot meal and it’s simply delicious!


This meal could not be any easier, or more delicious and it is one of my families favorites.  I knew when Rachel, Kristen, and I decided to throw Liz this lemon inspired virtual surprise party that this is what I wanted to bring to the table!


So let me give you the low down on just how easy this recipe is and then you need to visit the rest of  the  lemon inspired scrumptiousness at this lemony baby shower!!

IMG_9668Here’s what you will need: 1 roasting chicken, 1 sweet onion, 12 small red potatoes, 1-2 lemons, 3 cloves garlic, 1 14 ounce can chicken broth, and Italian seasoning,  ( I love the Kirkland brand Rustic Tuscan Seasoning, but I have used other Italian blends and they work just as well.) plus some oil, butter, salt and pepper.


IMG_9672Before you start, preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cut chicken into 4  pieces (feel free to purchase your chicken already cut, I just like to pretend I’m a butcher) and season with salt and pepper.  In a dutch oven or a large oven safe pot melt 1 tablespoon butter and 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium high heat, when oil is melted and pan is very hot, place chicken in pan skin side down.  This step is to get the skin crispy, you will be finishing the chicken off in the oven,  so as soon as the skin is golden brown you can turn chicken pieces over skin side up and remove pan from heat.


IMG_9674Sprinkle chopped garlic over chicken and tuck the chunks of onion around where ever you like.

IMG_9676Sprinkle 1 heaping tablespoon of Italian seasoning over the chicken, and snuggle the potatoes in around chicken.




Cut lemons into wedges.  Squeeze lemon juice over chicken and then place wedges around in the pot, depending on how much lemon flavor you like you can used one or two lemons.

Pour the can of chicken broth around the edges of the pan, I do it this way so I don’t wash the seasoning off the chicken, some will be in the cooking liquids just from sprinkling, but I like most of it to stay on the chicken.


Cover pot with aluminum foil and then place lid over foil to seal off the pan and keep all the juices in. Cook at 400 degrees for 30 minutes then lower the temperature to 325 degrees and continue to cook for 1 hour.


Remove from oven, uncover, and make sure chicken is done.  It should be falling off the bone, if it’s not return to oven for an additional 30 minutes.   When you’ve determined chicken is done, remove chicken and potatoes to a platter.  Place a strainer over a sauce pan and pour all the cooking liquid and bits and pieces through the strainer, pressing the liquid out through strainer with a large spoon,  bring to a boil, turn down to simmer for 10 minutes, season with salt and pepper to taste.  If there is quite a bit of fat in your sauce skim it off the top with a spoon.  That’s it!  You are ready to eat.



There you have it.  It’s easy, it does need a little time to cook, but you can be getting a few things done while it bakes.  In my opinion this is a great Sunday dinner.  I like to serve it with a crusty loaf…as I do everything.  (I serve a crusty loaf with a side of crusty loaf 😉 .)

Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you take the time to visit the rest of our Virtual Baby Shower for Liz at The Lemon Bowl.





Main Dish


Liz you da best! I hope you are surprised!

Much Love, Sheila

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  1. 1

    Mmm, I bet your house smelled amazing while this was in the oven. 😀 It was a pleasure bringing goodies to the baby shower with you, Sheila!
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    Oh my word this looks amazing! I need to add this to the menu tonight! Thanks for putting all of this together, I know Liz will be thrilled!
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  3. 3

    Just pinned this! Perfect weeknight meal and can’t wait to make this!!! And congrats to Liz…. what a wonderful Baby Shower spread. 🙂
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  4. 4

    I can’t wait to try this dish. It looks absolutely heavenly!
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  5. 5

    This is perfect! I’m thinking you should have Liz and I over for dinner and make this. 😉
    Rachel Cooks recently posted..Honey Lemon Shortbread Cookies {and a surprise baby shower!}My Profile

  6. 6

    Thank you so so so much my dear friend!!!! I’m so glad to call you my friend and so lucky to live just miles away from you!!! Drooling over this gorgeous chicken!!!! You are the best. 🙂
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl recently posted..Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes with Greek Yogurt Maple ToppingMy Profile

  7. 7

    This looks delicious – and I love that’s it’s easy to prepare. When I cook – my kitchen’s a TOTAL disaster – so this’ll be great to serve to guests. And won’t they be in total shock to see how neat and clean my kitchen is when they arrive.

  8. 8

    This is beautiful Sheila! And I bet it tastes amazing too. How fun and sweet that you threw Liz a virtual baby shower. Lots of tasty dishes being shared! Congrats Liz! 🙂
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    Amanda :

    Oh my gosh, my mouth is watering for that chicken! Fabulous job. Added these ingredients to my grocery list!
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    Janet :

    Please add me to your email subscription list.


    • 10.1
      Sheila :

      Janet, If you click on the subscribe to email updates in my sidebar right under my welcome statement you can sign right up for my email list. And thank you by the way for wanting to get regular updates, I really love my readers. 😉 oxoxo Sheila

  11. 11

    This is gorgeous Sheila! I love a good crispy roast chicken!
    Megan {Country Cleaver recently posted..Light and Healthy Blueberry Lemon Mousse for Liz’s Surprise Bridal ShowerMy Profile

  12. 12

    This looks so good – now I’m hungry! Thanks for participating!
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  13. 13

    Totally need this in my menu this week; love it darling!!!

  14. 14

    Nothing like a one-pot dinner! This is fantastic 🙂
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  15. 15

    I hit send before I could add – Thanks for coordinating!!!

    • 15.1
      Sheila :

      You are very welcome! Thanks for participating!! : D It was very fun surprising her…and yes she was very surprised!

  16. 16

    SHEILA!!!!!! Can I come over for dinner? This looks delish! And thanks so much for putting this altogether. Miss your face!

  17. 17

    Definitely inspired scrumptiousness! I can’t wait to give this a try.
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    Sheila! This is PERFECT! I’m so glad you shared this recipe… I’m so on it! Xo
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  19. 19

    I love this dish…such a beautiful meal! Thank you so much for helping to organize Liz’s virtual shower!

  20. 20

    Thanks so much for organizing this! And this dish looks amazing. I love quick and easy one pot meals like this. 🙂 And lemon chicken is the best!
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  21. 21

    Such a fun shower! Thank you for hosting, Sheila! I’m bookmarking this chicken!!
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    Liz is such a lovely, it’s been so wonderful getting to know her better this past year. I’m so happy for her family and their little one on the way. Gorgeous roast chicken, Sheila!
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  23. 23

    I am totally drooling over this!! This was such a fun shower – thank you for putting it together!
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  24. 24

    This look wonderful and I’m going to make it tonight. I do have a question though…why do you boil then simmer the juices?

    • 24.1
      Sheila :

      To reduce them, I might have failed to explain that in my directions. Thanks for pointing it out. I’ll go back and explain it more clearly. Thanks for asking! I hope you enjoy, Sheila

  25. 25

    I will be making this for sure! I love how you are so generous with the Italian seasonings! I’m gonna quit holding back and just go for it with the seasonings!!!
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    Janna :

    Just made this tonight. The chicken cooked up beautifully. It was very moist and tender. I did not like the lemon though (I used one). It made everything taste bitter. I will try again but leave out the lemon.

    • 26.1
      Sheila :

      I’m glad you liked it, but bummed the lemon left a bitter taste. I wonder if you just squeezed in the lemon at the end if it would work for you? Or just leave it out… 😉 that works too! Thanks for stopping in and letting me know how it turned out for you.