Lemon & Thyme Roasted Chicken

Moist, tender lemon thyme roast chicken recipe is a great way to switch up your roast chicken flavors!

I love lazy Sunday afternoons watching movies and not standing over the stove all day. Roasted chicken is perfect for this sort of day.

This recipe is so full of lemon and thyme flavor you can’t go wrong. You prep the bird, pop it in the oven, and then all you have to worry about are the side dishes. Oh yeah, and the laundry.

The aroma wafting from the kitchen drives the family crazy. Makes for a hungry group. So you have been warned. There will be a lot of questions about when dinner will be on the table.

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Lemon & Thyme Roasted Chicken

Lemon zest and thyme in a white bowl

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Prepare a roasting pan with aluminum foil and place a roasting rack in the pan.

Zest, chop, slice, and dice. Mix lemon zest, garlic, thyme, and softened butter together. Add a little salt and pepper.

Lemon, Thyme, garlic, and butter combined in a white bowl

Place chicken in the roasting pan.

whole chicken rubbed with the compound butter on a rack in a roasting pan

Stuff onion and lemon wedges into the cavity of the chicken.

Slip your fingers under the skin of the breast to separate. Smear the butter mixture under the skin on both sides of the breast and all over the outside of the bird.  Tuck the wings under and tie the drumsticks together if desired.

Try our amazing Smoked Chicken Wings!

Lemon and Thyme Roasted Chicken on a wooden cutting board

Bake for 1 hour to 1 hr and 20 minutes. Until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads 165 degrees and juices run clear.

Remove from oven, transfer the chicken to a serving platter and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing and serving.

Keep it low carb/keto and serve our Cauliflower Mac and Cheese!

Lemon Thyme Roast Chicken Recipe

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Herb and Lemon Roasted Chicken

Lemon Thyme Roasted Chicken – Moist, tender chicken full of lemon and thyme flavors!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dinner, Entree, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, keto, lemon, low carb, roast, thyme, whole chicken
Servings: 6
Calories: 382kcal
Author: DSTR


  • 4 lb Chicken, cleaned and dried (whole chicken)
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp dried Thyme
  • 2 Lemons, zested
  • 1 small Onion, cut into wedges
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 425º F
  • In a small bowl, mix the butter, garlic, thyme, and zest from 2 lemons. Add a little salt and pepper.
  • Place chicken inside a roasting pan
  • Cut one of the lemons into wedges and place inside the cavity along with the onion wedges.
  • Tuck the wings under and tie legs together (optional) with water-soaked twine
  • Place some of the butter mixture under the skin of the breast and rub the outside of the chicken with the remaining butter mixture.
  • Squeeze juice from the remaining lemon over the chicken, then sprinkle the chicken with salt, pepper.
  • Roast for about 1 hour and 20 minutes (using a meat thermometer test the temperature, when it reaches 165º F, the chicken is cooked through)
  • Remove from oven and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing and serving
  • If skin starts to darken too much while roasting, lightly place aluminum foil over the chicken and leave in place for the remainder of the cooking time


Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 347mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 398IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg

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