Lemon Rosemary Chicken is a delicious and savory one-pot wonder that your family will ask for again and again.
As a bonus, you can make a meal featuring this chicken dinner and feed 6 people for under $20.
And, if you’re really lucky you might have some leftovers for lunch tomorrow!
Rosemary Chicken with Lemon
This Rosemary and Lemon Chicken is a simple yet flavorful braised chicken recipe that can be put together in minutes. Thanks to the braising process, you simply let it finish off in the oven.
Perfect for a Sunday supper, this easy braised chicken makes for a great meal for the best company in town: your family.
I have my mom to thank for this particular recipe, in a sense. She’s been gone for too close to 30 years now but the ,love she put into her dishes still lingers on my palate and on my soul.
Nine out of ten Sundays the base, of this recipe is what my mom served at the dinner table to our family.
I merely modified a few things. I added a little lemon and herb and allowed this to finish in a hot oven. Aside from getting my chicken at the grocery store instead of our chicken coop on the farm, very little is different about this rendition of my mom’s dish.
What’s in this Easy Chicken Dinner
- Fresh lemon
- Fresh rosemary
- White wine
- Salt and pepper
- Oil (Vegetable or EVOO)
My mom made her chicken like most of her other meals, simple but tasteful, reflecting the lady behind the apron.
I notched things up just a bit with the added lemon and rosemary.
Perhaps back then, both of those additions would have seemed and indeed tasted a bit exotic to her.
Truth be told, those simple additions to this simple and rustic dish heighten its character and add just the right amount of complexity to its flavor to keep things interesting, leading you to want another bite.
How to Dredge Chicken
Dredging is what you do to put a coating of flour or something similar such as breadcrumbs on chicken and other meats before frying. To do this, you dip the chicken in a bowl containing seasoned flour, then dip it in the egg, lemon, and rosemary mixture, and then you dip it in another bowl of seasoned flour.
Think of dredging as a DRY –> WET –> Dry Sandwich.
The egg will act as a binding agent to help ensure that the seasoned flour will stick to the chicken.
Learn more about dredging in this article about the standard breading process.
Side Dish Recommendations for this Chicken Dinner
Since I already had the oven on while this rosemary lemon chicken was filling our cottage with it’s savory aroma, I decided to try a new method of preparing wilted spinach.
The results: Oven Roasted Spinach with Roasted Tomatoes. This side was a the perfect complement to our Sunday supper, even the boys wolfed it down.
A small pan of roasted potatoes also makes an excellent accompaniment to this oven-finished rosemary lemon chicken.
The lemon and wine reduction gradually mixes with the coating of the chicken as it bastes in the oven resulting in a luxurious and velvety gravy, perfect to slather over the warm chunks of savory chicken or a few squares of crispy brown potatoes.
Your family is sure to enjoy this dinner and its, one you will make over and over again. I hope you give it a try.
PS: Be sure to read the notes in the recipe card to find out how I make the gravy to go with this chicken dinner!
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Rosemary Lemon Chicken
- 1 whole chicken cut into 8 pieces
- juice from 2 lemons
- 2 eggs
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary stems removed and finely chopped, plus more for garnish
- zest from 1 lemon
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Combine flour, salt and pepper and then divide in two shallow dredging bowls.
- In third shallow dredging bowl, beat the two eggs and then combine and stir lemon juice, lemon zest, and rosemary.
- Using standard breading procedure,, dredge chicken and place on clean tray.
- Meanwhile, place oil in large oven safe skillet and heat on medium-high setting.
- Place chicken in skillet, a few pieces at a time if necessary to avoid crowding.
- Brown each piece evenly, about 3-4 minutes per side. Allow to drain on paper bag.
- Discard oil from skillet and return chicken to pan. Add wine to skillet and place in oven.
- Allow chicken to finish in the oven, covered, about 45-60 minutes, until juices run clear and internal temperature of chicken is 165 degrees F.
- Garnish with additional rosemary, if desired.
- Check the chicken after 20-30 minutes in the oven. Add more wine if necessary.
- At the end, remove chicken from Dutch oven and reserve the drippings to make a delicious gravy.
Updated from the original post from June 6, 2015.