Herb and Citrus Oven Roasted Chicken

We don’t go out to eat often. There’s nothing more I love than gaining a little cooking inspiration and having someone else whisk away the dishes. But, because my hubby (and sometimes, even I) thinks the food I make is just as good as the grub we get at restaurants, we tend to enjoy the majority of our meals at home. No complaints here – cooking is what makes my heart beat after all! But I could go for a break now and then.

This roasted chicken is simply not helping my case…

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Not to mention – making this meal probably cost me a whole $8. It was totally scrumptious and so easy, too. Whip it up for a weeknight meal or a casual dinner party that calls for something elegant yet simple!

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The chicken turns out citrusy, tender, and melt-in-your-mouth good. Tuck in some fingerling potatoes and fresh herbs for another tasty twist. I think I’ll try that next time!

You can also switch up the seasonings to a spicy mix and toss in lemons and limes instead of oranges. Swap cilantro for the rosemary and thyme. Serve it over rice, maybe? No need to be a recipe robot – get creative!

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However you dish up this delicious meal, though, you’re gonna love it. No need for basting or broiling or anything fancy here. Just pop it in for an hour at 400 degrees, and presto! Perfect, mouthwatering chicken.

It’s even better if you let it marinade in the olive oil mixture overnight! This also makes it that much quicker to get it into the oven and into your belly.

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Once the chicken has baked, remove the pieces to a serving platter. Nestle in some of your pretty citrus and aromatic herbs, and you have an easy, elegant meal. Everyone – even if it’s just your hubby – will be so impressed!

I served this with lemony orzo and a big salad, but rice, potatoes or garlic bread would also be great. Try it tonight!

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Herb and Citrus Oven Roasted Chicken

Yield: Serves 6

Ingredients:

1/4 cup olive oil

4 cloves of garlic, minced

2 tablespoons sugar

2 whole lemons, one juiced and one sliced

2 whole oranges, one juiced and one sliced

1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

10-12 pieces (about 4 1/2 lbs.) bone-in chicken parts (thighs and legs are best), pat dry

1 medium onion (any kind), thinly sliced

1 teaspoon dried thyme, or fresh chopped

1 tablespoon dried rosemary, or fresh chopped

Chopped fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, parsley), for garnish, optional

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, garlic, sugar, lemon juice, orange juice, Italian seasoning, paprika, onion powder, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper.

Place chicken in a rimmed 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Place parts skin side up and spread them out evenly in the pan. Pour olive oil mixture all over chicken, turning pieces to coat all sides. (If you marinated the chicken in this mixture, still add it all in). Arrange slices of lemon, orange and onion around and under the chicken. Sprinkle all over generously with thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper.

Bake uncovered for about 1 hour, or until chicken is cooked and juices run clear. Remove parts to a serving platter and garnish with additional chopped fresh herbs, if desired.

Enjoy!

Just 30-40 minutes is all that's needed to bake this recipe with chicken breasts in place of chicken parts.

For best results, chicken can be marinated in a plastic container or bag for several hours or overnight in the olive oil mixture.

This is great served with a big salad, and/or lemon orzo/potatoes, or garlic bread!

You can also switch up the seasonings to a spicy mix and toss in lemons and limes instead of oranges. Swap cilantro for the rosemary and thyme. Serve it over rice, maybe? No need to be a recipe robot – get creative!

      

195 Responses to “Herb and Citrus Oven Roasted Chicken”

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — April 24, 2013 @ 7:59 am

    I’m the same way about going out to eat, and this roasted chicken looks def. restaurant worthy! Gorgeous and oh so tasty!

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — April 24, 2013 @ 8:16 am

    Oh my goodness, Georgia, this is STUNNING. I have to eat that ASAP!

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    Tieghan — April 24, 2013 @ 8:34 am

    This is beautiful! Wow! Like Stephanie said I need to make this ASAP!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — April 24, 2013 @ 8:48 am

    If I had an orange I’d be making this right now! Gorgeous photos and love the before and after.

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — April 24, 2013 @ 9:26 am

    Hands down, the prettiest chicken recipe I’ve ever seen. Georgia, your photography is always STUNNING. It’s hard to make chicken look incredibly tasty and you did such a fine job! Saving this recipe!

    • Georgia — April 24th, 2013 @ 9:36 am

      You are SO sweet to say that, Sally – thanks so much! I may be able to make chicken look good, but no one can make desserts look as pretty as you do…

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    Ja u kuhinji... — April 24, 2013 @ 9:30 am

    I’m delighted, great looks and the photos are beautiful…

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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — April 24, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    Isn’t it amazing how delicious and satisfying roasted chicken is! And as you pointed out – it’s so cost effective! Yours looks like it turned out just perfectly and I love the orangey marinade that goes along with it. I’ll be trying this both roasted and grilled!

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    Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 — April 24, 2013 @ 9:46 am

    This recipe is so timely for me – I just got a bunch of different fresh herbs from a friend and I am trying to figure out how to use them all. Beautiful!

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — April 24, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    What a gorgeous dinner!

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    vagabonde — April 24, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    That is a keeper! Looks so appetizing and it sounds very easy. Merci.

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    Kathryn — April 24, 2013 @ 10:45 am

    This chicken sounds totally wonderful – so full of flavour!

    I just realised that I hadn’t updated feedly when you launched your new site so I’ve been missing out on all your posts. So glad to catch up!

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    Kathy — April 24, 2013 @ 10:54 am

    This is my kind of meal! Your pictures make this meal look incredible!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — April 24, 2013 @ 11:09 am

    This chicken looks incredible! I had a hard time choosing a favorite picture to pin – all your photos are mouth-watering!

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    Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen — April 24, 2013 @ 11:25 am

    Roasted chicken is some a homey meal. The lemon really brightens it up. I need to make this!

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — April 24, 2013 @ 11:27 am

    This chicken is making my mouth water! It looks so moist and packed with lemony flavor!

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — April 24, 2013 @ 11:46 am

    I’ve roasted chicken with lemon, but I’m loving your addition of orange. Lovely, lovely!

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    Joanne — April 24, 2013 @ 11:46 am

    that’s really one of the problems with cooking so well…recipients of your food never see any reason to go elsewhere to eat! Even though I do love going out for a nice meal every once in a while.

    this meal is definitely gorgeous and looks way better than most restaurant chicken dishes that I’ve seen!

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — April 24, 2013 @ 11:49 am

    My husband said the same thing (and I thought that was a nice compliment..hehe). Oh but in your home, I totally agree with your husband: you make everything so good, def no need to eat out. ;) This roasted chicken will be on our dinner menu!

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    religious food — April 24, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

    I was thinking a lot regarding this topic about herb and citrus oven roasted chicken, so thanks for bringing it up here. You certainly have a good writing style i like, so will be subscribing to your blog.

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — April 24, 2013 @ 1:03 pm

    Wishing this was my dinner tonight. LOVE the before after photo!!

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    Juliana — April 24, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

    Georgia, what a beautiful chicken dish…love the flavors…herbs and citrus…delicious!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe and hope you are having a lovely week :)

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    Erika @Southern Souffle — April 24, 2013 @ 1:47 pm

    Goodness this looks delicious.. Beautiful photos.

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — April 24, 2013 @ 2:31 pm

    Ooh, this sounds SO good, Georgia! I love the idea of serving it at a dinner party – it’s elegant yet simple at the same time, + would easily serve a group. YUM!

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    Monica — April 24, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

    This looks so beautiful and delicious. I love citrus with chicken like this! It might’ve been the long, cold winter or just gaining more confidence in the kitchen but I find myself cooking more and more and whereas we used to eat out most of the weekend, we are eating at home a lot more. A little conflicted since I do love to eat out but it’s so nice to prepare homecook meals that are healthier for my family! I did a roast chicken on Sunday and my son said it was like Thanksgiving : ) …this dish would make a great family dinner.

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    Jaclyn — April 24, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

    I wish I had everything to make this for dinner right now, it looks amazing!!

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    Emanuelle — April 24, 2013 @ 5:41 pm

    This looks delicious! Roasted lemons are the best! Especially with chicken! Thanks for sharing!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — April 24, 2013 @ 6:54 pm

    Georgia, just gorgeous! This is my kind of family chicken dinner! Love citrus, herbs and poultry together—my absolute favorite. In fact, it is just not Thanksgiving unless I do my Tangerine-Glazed Roasted Turkey. The aroma as it roasts makes the house so fragrant and out-of-this-world inviting! I will be making your recipe soon…very soon! The Big Lug will love it, too. Pinning… :) xo P.S. By the way, stunning photography. I really dig the fabulous side-by-side feature of the before & after. So creative!

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    Jeanette — April 24, 2013 @ 8:17 pm

    Love the sweet orange with the savory flavorings in your beautiful roast chicken. I don’t blame your husband for wanting to eat – he’s one lucky guy!

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    Yii-Huei — April 24, 2013 @ 8:55 pm

    Love this, all the colours are so vibrant and I love oven roasted chicken. Doesn’t look too hard to make either, I hope I can make this soon!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — April 24, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

    This looks just gorgeous, Georgia! It looks so flavorful and I love that it is not too difficult to make!

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    Bree — April 24, 2013 @ 9:52 pm

    This chicken looks absolutely perfect!

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    honeywhatscooking — April 24, 2013 @ 9:57 pm

    oh my this looks delicious. I love the before and after photo.. look at how gorgeous the chicken looks after. the fact that you used both lemons and oranges remind me of turkey stuffing, I think Italian people do that when they stuff their turkey. Great idea and love THYME!

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    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — April 24, 2013 @ 9:58 pm

    This chicken is mouthwatering and your photos are simply gorgeous! We would love to have you link it up with our Wednesday link party!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — April 24, 2013 @ 10:00 pm

    Heavens, this looks so good! I have been loving everything lemon and this would hit the spot.

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    Karen (Back Road Journal) — April 25, 2013 @ 8:46 am

    Beautifully photographed chicken that sounds delicious.

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — April 25, 2013 @ 9:14 am

    What a gorgeous meal! Those photos are stunning.

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    Pam — April 25, 2013 @ 10:08 am

    Beautiful! The chicken looks amazing.

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    Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion — April 25, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

    Love this!… I love the before and after picture. How did you do that!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — April 25, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

    Oh my lordy — not only I LOVE the styling here, but the idea of lemons and oranges makes me swoon! I want this for dinner tonight. And every night thereafter :D

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    marla — April 25, 2013 @ 7:25 pm

    Georgia, this chicken recipe is stunning and one I must make soon for my family!

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    Jad @ New South Food Co. — April 25, 2013 @ 8:11 pm

    I can smell the citrus coming through my computer! Great composition to!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — April 26, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

    That before and after picture is really neat! And all the pictures are gorgeous. Prettiest chicken pictures I’ve ever seen. And we feel the same about restaurants. Why go and pay so much when I can make better and cheaper food at home? There are some exceptions like hamburgers but mostly, we eat at home. Kind of boring sometimes, but that’s where new exciting recipes like this one come into play! :)

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    Annie — April 28, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

    This is EXACTLY the recipe I was looking for this morning. Got chickens and a bunch of people coming to dinner tonight. All I wanted was a simple baked chicken recipe and I consulted a dozen cookbooks and epicurious without success. Went to tastespotting and there it was! Looks wonderful and so easy. So happy. Thanks!!!

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    Patty — April 28, 2013 @ 3:28 pm

    Your herb and citrus roast chicken is my kind of dinner and yes-it’s not easy to order roast chicken this good in a restaurant!

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    foodie@foodieportal.com — April 28, 2013 @ 7:50 pm

    I love your pictures and recipes.

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    Anabolic Cooking — April 30, 2013 @ 9:20 pm

    It’s so perfect,,
    your recipes is very nice,,
    thanks alot :)

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    Johanna — May 1, 2013 @ 4:56 am

    I am so going to make this for my boyfriend sometime!

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    Jeremy — May 1, 2013 @ 6:59 pm

    Made this for the Family tonight, turned out great. Huge compliments for the subtlety of flavor. I didn’t modify the recipe at all.

    Thanks for the great dish.

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    Abbey — May 2, 2013 @ 7:41 pm

    This chicken was DELICIOUS! I made it tonight… it has a sweet & savory mix of flavors… melt in your mouth!

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    Katie — May 3, 2013 @ 6:02 pm

    Does the cooking time/temperature change is I use bonless chicken instead of bone in chicken?

    • Georgia — May 3rd, 2013 @ 6:16 pm

      Yes. If you’re baking boneless chicken breasts, only about 30-40 minutes is needed.

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    Jeremy Norton — May 5, 2013 @ 7:48 am

    We are all chicken lovers at home so we usually enjoy any recipe with chicken. And this absolutely a nice one to try on, though I’d like to try on potatoes with some herbs.

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    Sarah — May 6, 2013 @ 5:07 pm

    This may be a silly question…Im about to put it in the oven right now, do you cover it with foil or leave uncovered. Cant wait to taste this!!!!

    • Georgia — May 6th, 2013 @ 5:32 pm

      As the recipe states, bake uncovered.

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    Colleen — May 7, 2013 @ 11:01 pm

    This was delicious!

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    Ingrid Q. — May 15, 2013 @ 2:56 pm

    OMG was this Chicken the best chicken i have ever made made it for mothers Days and it was great my mom love it she said it tasted it just like a restaurant LOL!but great recipe thanks Oh! and to kick it up a notch I change the paprika to Chayenne pepper delicious and extraordinary!!! Thank you again

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    JANET — May 18, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

    If you marinade overnight, do you dump the whole thing in the pan or drain the marinade. Can’t wait to try this.

    • Georgia — May 19th, 2013 @ 10:53 am

      Add it to the pan with the marinade, do not drain.

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    Shelly T. — May 22, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was SO delicous. My whole family devoured it!!! I served it with rice, which was perfect for soaking up the sauce.

    I’m getting hungry again just thinking about it!!

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    Ruth S — May 29, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

    Hi Georgia – I found your recipe through Pinterest, and had to try it out tonight for our dinner. I love when I don’t need to buy anything particular and can just go for it! And it was GOOD! I scaled down for just me and hubby, and added a sliced red pepper to the pot. We loved the citrussy flavours – thanks lots for the inspiration. I’ll defiintely be adding this to my recipe rotation ;)
    Ruth x

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    Bailee — June 1, 2013 @ 11:12 am

    Lovely Georgina, I was so inspired by your post that I had to share it on mine too. http://www.themodelfoodie.com/home/tag/citrus-and-spice-baked-chicken As you said, it was so simple and elegant. Thank you for the beautiful dish. I hope you think I’ve done it justice. Thanks, Bailee

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    Victoria — June 5, 2013 @ 12:08 am

    Made this tonight with the lime and cilantro substitute (two things that are ALWAYS on hand in our household). Tasty and soooo easy. While it was in the oven, I made a lemon and asparagus orzo. My turns cooking dinner generally involve some sort of minor (or major) cooking disaster, but this recipe went off without a hitch. Thank you so much!

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    Danyka Hickey — June 12, 2013 @ 5:40 pm

    This looks amazing! Cant wait to try it. I have a couple questions, I plan on making this with boneless chicken breast, is there a time/temp adjustment I need to make? And second, if I marinate this overnight do I need to dump out marinade before baking or can I still bake it marinade and all?

    • Georgia — June 12th, 2013 @ 5:56 pm

      Hi Danyka – I addressed these questions in the comments already, but will again. Just 30-40 minutes is all that’s needed for chicken breasts. And yes, you add the chicken with all of the marinade to the pan.

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    WaaWaa — June 23, 2013 @ 8:31 pm

    I made the recipe and left out the oranges. I also doubled the garlic and italian seasoning. It was to die for. Thanks for the recipe and pics.

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    Miriam Schwartz — June 27, 2013 @ 1:25 pm

    This was one of THE best chicken recipes i have ever made. i don’t usually comment on food blogs (maybe i should more often), but i HAD to leave a comment since it was so, so delicious. thanks for an amazing recipe!

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    Michele — June 30, 2013 @ 9:15 am

    I want to leave out the sugar and will it still taste as good?

    • Georgia — June 30th, 2013 @ 5:30 pm

      Yes, definitely! The sliced fruit might not get as caramelized, but it should still taste great. The sugar just helps balance the citrus acidity.

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    foodienewz — July 5, 2013 @ 2:13 am

    Your food photos are amazing!

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    Stephanie — July 8, 2013 @ 8:48 am

    Hello Georgia, I made the recipe last night for dinner and it had a pretty good flavor but not as strong as I would have like it. I think what happened is the natural juices from the chicken cooked out and diluted the marinade, thus my chicken was sitting in a water/ marinade mixture. I also cooked my chicken on 375 because I didn’t want it to dry out. Do you have any tips on how not lose flavor during the cooking process? I used a whole chicken cut up.

    • Georgia — July 8th, 2013 @ 8:52 am

      I’m sorry that happened to you, Stephanie. This has never happened to me, so I can’t say exactly what went wrong, but if you pat the chicken dry before marinating it shouldn’t end up cooking in its own juices. Your lower cooking temp probably also played a part. Trust me, it doesn’t dry out at 400 degrees! I hope you give it another try.

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    Karlee — July 10, 2013 @ 11:12 am

    Repeating what everyone else wrote….. Best Chicken I’ve Ever Made!!!!!! I added carrots, green beans, and cherry tomatoes. Thank you so much for sharing!!!!

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    Asia Bowman — July 10, 2013 @ 5:16 pm

    Is the Italian Seasoning the one used to make dressing (Wishbone) or the one in the shaker?

    • Georgia — July 10th, 2013 @ 6:02 pm

      It is a dry spice – you can find it in the spice aisle of most grocery stores.

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    Veronica Ewart — July 11, 2013 @ 5:48 am

    Woke up early to get this marinating for tonight’s dinner. Excited about it after reading all the reviews. Thanks for sharing the recipe and the great pic.

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    Miranda — July 11, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    I made this last night and allowed it to marinate throughout the day (~8 hours) and it was absolutely delicious! I love the combination of the flavors and it will be a part of my recipe book! I only had thighs and made about 2 lbs and my husband and I ate every last bit. I am typically not a fan of bone-in chicken but this was still awesome!
    Thank you!!!!!

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    Kallie — July 13, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

    Question (I’m a TOTAL novice in the kitchen, no idea what I’m doing): mix it in a baking dish but cook it in a different pan? Thank you!

    • Georgia — July 13th, 2013 @ 7:46 pm

      It all goes in one pan. I can see how you would have thought that, so I changed up the wording a little. Hope you enjoy!

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    Inelda — July 16, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

    Just wondering if the chicken can be skinless for this recipe?

    • Georgia — July 16th, 2013 @ 12:14 pm

      I’ve never tried it, but that could work. If your chicken is boneless, just decrease the cooking time to 30-40 minutes.

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    Heather — July 17, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

    Trying this tonight! So exicted – it looks fantastic. Thanks for the recipe and the gorgeous photos! The photos definately made me want to make this as soon as I saw it. :) Keep up the good work.

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    Alea — July 17, 2013 @ 5:45 pm

    I’m trying this out as I type this but the chicken doesn’t seem to be browning in the oven and definitely not as golden crispy like your photo. What could I be doing wrong?

    • Georgia — July 17th, 2013 @ 5:49 pm

      You didn’t give any details so I’m not sure, but if you’re following the recipe exactly it should come out as pictured.

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    Heather — July 17, 2013 @ 8:01 pm

    Update from my earlier comment…(#72)…we loved this chicken. I marinated it in the pan I cooked it in…with it all staged for the oven with the cut lemon, orange, onion, rosemary and thyme. Made it easy for the hubby to just pop it in the oven while I was gone. The house smelled absolutely amazing when I got home. Served with toasted pine nut couscous and a salad. Can’t wait to make it again! Thanks!! :)

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    Rebecca — July 19, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

    This has become my “go to” when having people over for dinner lately. It’s really easy, but looks really elegant on a platter in the center of the table. AND it’s delicious – everyone always asks for the recipe. I also love that it doesn’t break the bank when adding a few more people around the table. Thanks for making me look good!

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    carol w — July 21, 2013 @ 5:03 pm

    This was so delicious!! Made it tonight and it was a great hit with everyone! We used drumsticks.

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    Betsy Derr — July 21, 2013 @ 11:58 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I have made two huge batches of this so far for two church functions and everyone loved it! I needed to make something that was gluten free and dairy free, and this was great! Rave reviews all around. 5 stars. 2 thumbs up!

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    Jessica — July 25, 2013 @ 2:43 pm

    I want to take this to my church finger food pot luck but there are about 25 people coming. I was thinking of maybe scaling it down to drumlets and little wings, think it would still work? just cut down the time?

    • Georgia — July 25th, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

      That should work fine. I’d say 30-45 minutes is all that’s needed. Just spread them out (no overlapping) so they can get crisp and bake evenly. Enjoy!

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    Nikki — July 29, 2013 @ 9:30 am

    How long do you think you would cook bone in chicken breast? Thinking about trying this recipe out….and if we like it will be making it for my son’s birthday party, so I wanted to have a combination of white/dark meat.

    • Georgia — July 29th, 2013 @ 9:36 am

      Cooking for 40-50 minutes would most likely be best.

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    Faith — August 1, 2013 @ 11:56 am

    Hi Georgia,

    I made this last night for dinner exactly as the recipe listed and my BF and I just loved it! I do have one question though, my chicken skin didn’t get that golden color like yours, nor was it crispy. I cooked for an hour at 400 and then popped it back in for about 5 min longer but didn’t want to dry it out. Any advice to get that golden crispy skin like in your photo?

    Thank you!

    • Georgia — August 1st, 2013 @ 11:58 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Faith! As far as the crispy skin, you can try positioning your oven rack higher in your oven next time. Mine is always a little higher than middle position, but other than that, no special tricks here! Thanks for your comment.

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    Debra Z — August 2, 2013 @ 1:52 am

    AMAZING! I made this tonight with garlic rice and large salad. My guests and I ate all of it. The juices were great on top of the rice as well. I also substituted fresh cilantro for the rosemary and thyme.

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    Shannon — August 2, 2013 @ 5:02 pm

    Have this marinating right now and can’t wait to try! I would like to add carrots to the pan while cooking. Good idea! At what point should I add the carrots?

    • Georgia — August 3rd, 2013 @ 8:57 am

      I’d toss them in after the chicken has been roasting for 15 minutes (or with 45 minutes remaining).

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    Colleen — August 6, 2013 @ 9:55 pm

    I tried your recipe today and posted some pics on my blog. Thank you for the recipe! I look forward to trying more :)
    http://youmayhaveheard.com/

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    Colleen — August 7, 2013 @ 1:34 pm

    I tried this recipe last night and posted some pics on my blog: http://www.youmayhaveheard.com/herb-and-citrus-chicken/ Thanks for the recipe! I look forward to trying more :)

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    Sharkie Mac — August 8, 2013 @ 5:42 am

    If you marinate the chicken in the olive oil mixture with the orange and lemon juice overnight, the citric acid will start to cook the chicken! I would recommend marinating it in the oil and spice mixture (minus the citrus) overnight and adding the citrus juices just before cooking :)

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    Gabby — August 11, 2013 @ 2:31 pm

    can you subsitute lemons for limes?

    • Georgia — August 12th, 2013 @ 11:13 am

      Yes, you can substitute any citrus fruit.

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    JP — August 11, 2013 @ 2:47 pm

    As a newylwed…I am looking for new recipes to make and this was #!! SO EASY! It really was the best meal we have had since the wedding!

    Thank you…not only for the recipe for for making me not afraid of bone-in chicken and my roasting pan!

    SOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOD!

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    Sherry — August 14, 2013 @ 2:29 am

    Do you think I can add potatoes into this to have an easy side as well? How would that turn out?

    • Georgia — August 14th, 2013 @ 9:41 am

      Yea sure! I’d add halved fingerling potatoes or small whole potatoes. They should take the whole hour, maybe a little less.

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    Mish — August 15, 2013 @ 7:22 pm

    Just made this tonight and it was delicious. I marinated the chicken breast overnight and served it with citrus rice. Well definitely make it again!

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    T — August 16, 2013 @ 12:12 am

    Hi there if I decide to marinate
    the chicken overnight would I use the
    same marinade and pour it over the chicken when I’m ready to cook it?

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    T — August 16, 2013 @ 4:05 am

    Nevermind, found my answer :)

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    Kristi Rimkus — August 18, 2013 @ 8:33 pm

    What a beautiful chicken dish. Citrus and chicken is just a classic combination, isn’t it?

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    Sherry — August 19, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

    I made this the other night and based on your suggestion added halved fingerling potatoes. Holy amazingness!!! I didn’t have the crispy skin like yours and I did put it above the halfway rack. Anyway I broiled it for 5 minutes after it was cooked and I got the crispy skin. Amazing flavors! Thanks so much for this recipe. It will be added to my weekly menu!

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    Shika — August 20, 2013 @ 7:08 pm

    Absolutely delish! Husband loved it! And so easy to put together! This is definitely going into the regular menu rotation.

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    Michelle Prewette — August 31, 2013 @ 6:51 am

    Found this on Pinterest. It looks amazing! I will be making it tonight. I have to tell you, as a kitchen addict I have NEVER followed a blog that I have found through Pinterest….. You will be my first! Thanks for posting!

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    Lori — September 1, 2013 @ 6:42 pm

    This is in my oven baking right now!! It smells sooo good! I don’t cook … like…ever and this recipe was very easy to make! I hope it turns out good i’m really nervous!

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    Sharon — September 8, 2013 @ 8:47 pm

    I don’t cook either!!!! But I had to try this dish… I can’t wait for it to be done… Hopefully the chef in my house enjoys it :) I’m so nervous….

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    Courtney — September 10, 2013 @ 10:32 am

    Hi! I am making this tonight for my husband and me and I just realized I have a bunch of pine nuts I need to use soon– do you think that would be good added to this dish? Beautiful pictures by the way!!

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    Georgia — September 10, 2013 @ 10:37 am

    Sure, why not!

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    Hilary — September 11, 2013 @ 11:02 pm

    I made this tonight and it was amazing! Even my 3 year old ate it happily. I had some leftover fresh sage in the fridge that I added to the herbs on top and I put the excess liquid from the pan through a fat separator and served it at the table for pouring over the top (and soaking up with bread). This is my new go-to chicken recipe. I can’t wait to experiment with different spice/herb combinations. Thanks!!

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    Toni — September 12, 2013 @ 8:32 pm

    My boyfriend and I made this for dinner one night but instead of chicken pieces we used chicken breasts. It came out sooo good and looked just like the picture! We’re making it again tonight! Thanks for the great recipe!

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    Leila — September 15, 2013 @ 12:44 am

    Faaaaabulous recipe! Loved my dinner tonight. I’m a new cook and so excited to learn more from your blog :)

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    Colleen — September 15, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

    Made this today. Yummy and pretty presentation as well. My house smells good too! Thank you!

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    Karrisa Moseley — September 25, 2013 @ 10:50 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight & just went back for yet another piece at almost 11pm! This dish is fabulous! I cook chicken dishes with lemon & herbs all the time but it’s the orange that really makes this a winner! It just takes it up to a whole new level of awesomeness! Found my way here through Pinterest but will definitely be sticking around!!

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    Christie — September 30, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    If I don’t have Italian Seasoning can you suggest anything else to use? Or is is a must for me to run out and get that?

    Thanks for your help! This recipe looks amazing.

    • Georgia — September 30th, 2013 @ 9:08 am

      You can use a mixture of dried basil, thyme, rosemary and garlic powder instead. Herb de Provence also works well, too!

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    Sandra — October 5, 2013 @ 11:52 pm

    This recipe is delish!! I made this 10/4/13 and used a whole chicken, since it was what I had on hand and thawed. I didn’t have time to marinade but still had plenty of flavor throughout whole chicken. I used a vertical roaster and cooked at 425 for 1 hour and it came out perfect! My recommendation would be to not use as much juice if using as a rub but definitely put slices of lemon and orange under skin and inside cavity so you still get the tangy/sweet flavors. Thanks for the cooking inspiration!

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    Velicia Le Tang — October 8, 2013 @ 12:46 am

    Delish halved ingredients placed into two ziplock bags with half chicken in each bag and froze for quick and easy meals.
    A keeper and ideal for two.

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    Danielle — October 8, 2013 @ 4:18 pm

    Just wondering if you know the caloric content or nutritional value of this dish. I am trying to find recipes to make for my dad- he is on weight watchers.

    Thanks!

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    Bill — October 15, 2013 @ 10:07 pm

    You’ve made my night, Georgia! I’m drooling looking at this post. I’ve been on a roasted chicken roll lately and this one looks so delicious! I love the combination of citrus, herbs, and garlic. Definitely keeping this on my “to do” list. Great post and fantastic photos!

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    Amber — October 19, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

    i found this on Pintrest and i happen to have everything to make it. everything but the pan to roast it in so i’m using my dutch oven cross your fingers it comes out the same. if i can i will try to send you a picture of the results!

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    Debbie — October 29, 2013 @ 6:02 pm

    My son just came home from out of the country for 1 years
    I needed to make kosher food for him so I looked
    Up chicken roasting recipes. Came across this
    And it sounded so great that I’m trying it now. Marinated
    For 2 hours but forgot to dry chicken off! Am I going
    To ruin this now? I’m not cooking or computer literate
    so I hope I can find your site again. Seems like you
    have other recipes. How do I find them?

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    Debbie — October 29, 2013 @ 6:42 pm

    Thank you for responding so quickly! It says
    to cook skin side down? When do I turn it to
    Make skin brown?

    • Georgia — October 29th, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

      The recipe states to cook the chicken skin side up.

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    Estrella Ramirez — November 3, 2013 @ 2:56 pm

    This chicken was so delicious I made it for my family and they were all impressed on how good it was

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    Jen — November 4, 2013 @ 9:31 pm

    One of the best chicken dishes I have ever made! Thank you so much for the recipe!

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    L — November 5, 2013 @ 9:04 am

    Hello

    Havent read all the posts, skimmed through some..

    I really want to make this chicken but I am not a fan of thyme and rosemary.

    Do you suggest another herb or do you still think it will be good if I omit the herbs and just put salt pepper and garlic

    • Georgia — November 5th, 2013 @ 9:05 am

      You can swap the herbs for anything you prefer, or leave them out if you wish.

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    Chrissy — November 6, 2013 @ 10:09 pm

    Made this and it was delish!!!! ONE thing to change when you make it…do NOT use all 4 garlic cloves it smells SUPER strong while cooking. My whole family was complaining to the point they almost didn’t want to try it . But happily they did and liked it

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    LB — November 8, 2013 @ 8:39 am

    Hello

    What about reheating it? What temp and for how long?

    Thanks!

    • Georgia — November 8th, 2013 @ 9:05 am

      Depending on whether you’re reheating it from frozen or refrigerated, times and temps vary. If frozen, thaw in the refrigerator first. If refrigerated, 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes should do it, but just cook until warmed through.

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    Denise — November 24, 2013 @ 11:39 pm

    I love this! I made it tonight and loved it. I had to cook about 15 minutes longer but it was worth it. Definitely a keeper!

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    jim — December 11, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

    I have orange juice and one orange. How much juice would I approx get from one orange or one lemon? Thanks Jim

    • Georgia — December 11th, 2013 @ 9:24 pm

      Depends on the size, but a typical orange yields about 1/4 cup juice.

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    Denise — December 26, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

    Best chicken ever! Making it for the second time today for my husband. Thanks for sharing this! Best wishes to you and yours!

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    donna jean — January 3, 2014 @ 9:24 am

    Terrific recipe! Besides tasting and looking fantastic, this recipe is so adaptable. Different amounts and cuts of chicken and different spices and citrus. I tucked some bread chunks among the thighs then covered them with the citrus slices and they came out tender and juicy. I’d like to try it with pork. This recipe is a keeper.

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    Emily — January 4, 2014 @ 5:17 pm

    honestly such an amazing recipe! as soon as i saw it i had to get the ingredients to make it. love it and great job with the recipe and the photography :D
    made the chicken for my boyfriend and my parents and they LOVE it.

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    Karen — January 15, 2014 @ 2:31 pm

    Georgia you are now officially bookmarked in favorites and my go-to whenever I need a great idea. I made this last night, no substitutions and it was fabulous! Served with baked yams and every bite was divine.

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    Kate — January 21, 2014 @ 9:27 am

    This chicken was fantastic! I made this using legs and thighs, and I could not have been happier with the end result. The chicken was juicy and flavorful. I was a little concerned beforehand that the citrus might be a little too strong, but my worry was unfounded. The other elements balanced out the citrus wonderfully. Great recipe!

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    Niki — January 29, 2014 @ 7:59 am

    This is great! I was wondering if you could make it in the crock pot? Have you ever done it like this? Also, I was wondering if you have to leave the skin on? I wondered if it would still brown or if it would dry out.

    Sorry if you already answered these questions, I didn’t see them if you did.
    Thanks!

    • Georgia — January 29th, 2014 @ 8:39 am

      I wouldn’t suggest making this in the crock pot. The skin would not brown, and the chicken would fall (or more like shred) off the bone.

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    Jolyn — January 30, 2014 @ 7:55 am

    I found this delicious recipe on Pinterest and it has been my go-to recipe for an easy, yummy meal. I initially served it with whipped cauliflower but last night, I added a bag of frozen cauliflower in with it to roast. The cauliflower soaks up the juices while roasting and makes this a fabulous one pot meal.

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    Erica — February 1, 2014 @ 8:45 am

    Thanks so much for this recipe! Been searching hi and low for a way to cook chicken legs and this knocked it out of the park! Can’t wait to check out the rest of your recipes!

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    jenn — February 4, 2014 @ 6:53 pm

    i love this recipe! it was easy and quick and made my house smell incredible. it needed almost 30 more minutes in my oven than recommended but stayed moist. I would just suggest everyone check the temp of their chicken before taking it out.

    thank you!

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    Donna C. — February 9, 2014 @ 7:16 pm

    This was just perfect. I didn’t change a thing. Thank you!

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    Expat Kari — March 3, 2014 @ 7:21 am

    Living as an expat in Scotland, I love finding good recipes from the US that I can make here. I’ve made this one a couple of times and it’s a huge hit! I usually have a bunch of people over, all from different countries, for a “home cooked” meal. This one is the best! It’s delicious, easy, and cheap for feeding a group. I’ve learned to make sure to have lots of bread for dipping into the juices and adding an extra orange sliced because guests will fight over those delicious pieces. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Karen Joy — March 4, 2014 @ 8:40 pm

    I found this on Pinterest and made it tonight. I didn’t use the herbs as called for in the recipe. Instead of Italian seasoning, I used a dried Herbes de Provence. And, for the herbs on top of the chicken, I used chopped, fresh rosemary, and that’s it. I used a bigger roasting pan and threw in some red potatoes to roast with the chicken. Served with a salad. Everyone loved it!! I have a family with six children (youngest is a nursing baby, so she didn’t have an opinion), so you know a recipe is a keeper when everyone loves it!

    Oh! I also started with a whole, organic chicken, and even with cutting it up, the prep only took me 45 minutes.

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    Karen Joy — March 4, 2014 @ 8:44 pm

    I forgot: I started this using the convection option on my oven. I would not suggest that, because it started browning the citrus rinds much too early, and the chicken skin didn’t brown as evenly, either. After about 15 minutes, I changed it to normal bake, at 400 degrees.

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    Loryn D. — March 5, 2014 @ 10:26 pm

    After 3 days of being sick all I wanted to do was make this recipe. Seriously, lol. The pictures had me drooling. Tonight I got the energy to cook and made this for my love to thank him for the amazing job he’s done taking care of me. Can I just say ohhh my goodness this recipe was SO good! Hubby loved it too which means it’s a definite keeper. :) We also tried the Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken a few weeks ago…loved that one too! Thank you for these awesome recipes and drool worthy pictures to go with them!
    God bless :)

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    Loryn D. — March 5, 2014 @ 11:21 pm

    Oops, also meant to ask…do you have a recipe for your lemony orzo? Orzo is new for me. I made long grain & wild rice and a salad for our sides. Would love to try your lemony orzo :)

    • Georgia — March 9th, 2014 @ 9:24 am

      You can search for my Lemon Orzo in the search field at the top right of my page. (Sorry for my delayed response – just back from vacation!)

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    Ashley — March 13, 2014 @ 6:20 pm

    We tried this tonight and it was SO GOOD! I used boneless skinless chicken thighs and then normal drumsticks. The juice was amazing and we were glad to have mashed potatoes to eat it with :) A salad finished off our dinner, and even my picky kids ate the chicken! (2 and 4 years old, so it’s a win if I can get them to eat anything!). Thanks for the recipe!

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    Joy — March 26, 2014 @ 12:02 am

    This is DELICIOUS! Thank you so much for the recipe! I served it with a pasta salad using apple cider vinegar, honey, and olive oil. Yum!!

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    shana — March 27, 2014 @ 10:43 am

    Do you leave skin on the chicken? Can I omit the Italian seasoning? Will it make a big difference?
    thanks!

    • Georgia — March 27th, 2014 @ 12:07 pm

      Yes, leave the skin on. I wouldn’t omit the Italian seasoning – Just replace it with any other favorite seasoning, or substitute with a mix of basil/thyme/rosemary.

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    shana — March 28, 2014 @ 8:12 am

    I realized I don’t have fresh garlic, do you think garlic powder can work instead? thanks!

    • Georgia — March 28th, 2014 @ 8:44 am

      Sure! I’d add 1/4-1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, depending on your preference.

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    Wifey Andrea — March 31, 2014 @ 9:18 pm

    This was fabulous!!!! I will be making this again and again!

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    Sarah — April 9, 2014 @ 8:36 am

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I’ve made it a couple of times now, and each time I was blown away by how delicious it is. It’s so simple, beautiful and tasty;)

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    Keda — April 9, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

    Omg, found your recipe on Pinterest. I needed a quick dish to make and this was it. Can’t wait to see how much the family loves it. By the way the house smells divine! Thanks so much!

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    Amanda — April 27, 2014 @ 5:03 pm

    What a simple yet elegant dish! I found this on Pintrest and decided to make it even though it looked like it would be complicated/ expensive. Boy was I wrong!! It took no time to throw together and I had everything on hand already. I am serving it again tonight (it is currently in the oven and the whole house smells great!) for the 3rd time in a month. My husband can’t get enough and asked to me to make enough for him to take to work to share with his co worker. Even my daughter enjoys it and she hates chicken on the bone.
    So thank you for a great recipe and I will be looking around your site for more!

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    Leah — May 1, 2014 @ 12:02 am

    If I’m only cooking for 2 and probably only 5 or 6 pieces of chicken should I still cook it at 400 degrees and for 40 minutes? Sorry I’m not really good in the kitchen.

    • Georgia — May 1st, 2014 @ 8:34 am

      Yes, cooking temp and time will be the same.

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    Beryl — June 2, 2014 @ 12:42 pm

    I was looking for a chicken pieces recipe to make for a dinner for 30 and came across this. Sounds simple and easy and after reading some of the reviews, this is what they are getting. I’m going to serve it with roasted sweet and white potatoes and fresh asparagus.

    Thanks for the inspiration. Will let you know how the group liked it.

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    Margareth — June 13, 2014 @ 10:42 pm

    This is a fantastic dish. I make a double recipe because the leftovers are so good too. I usually make a bed of mixed greens, add some cool lentils with a citrus sauce, then this chicken with the roasted onions and pan sauce, topped off with some goat cheese crumbles. It makes a great week-night entree salad that is super healthy and delicious. We’ve been happy to eat it twice a week now for over a month! That is how good this chicken is =)

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    Margareth — June 13, 2014 @ 10:46 pm

    oh… I guess I should also say that I’ve been using boneless, skinless breasts. It is still an extremely tasty recipe even without the skin and the darker meat!

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    Tony — June 22, 2014 @ 11:29 pm

    Wow, that sounds yummy!
    Thanks for share..

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    Zhila — July 1, 2014 @ 10:36 pm

    Wow. I’ve fallen in love with this wonderful recipe.
    Thanks so much Georgia 8-)
    You are fantastic. I can not stop myself from eating the whole portion, though it’s supposed to be my lunch for tomorrow :D

    It’s perfect. just PERFECT 8-)

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    Jamie M — July 5, 2014 @ 5:40 pm

    Hello! I absolutely adore this chicken and will ba making it for a my hubby’s huge family. I was looking to do two pans of the chicken pieces and one pan of just drumsticks. Since I have never done just drummies in a pan, I was wondering if the time or temp would change? Thanks so much!

    • Georgia — July 6th, 2014 @ 2:24 pm

      No need to change the cooking time or temp if you’re just using chicken drumsticks.

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    Andrea — July 5, 2014 @ 9:29 pm

    Used boneless skinless chicken breasts because that’s what I had on hand, but, otherwise, made no modifications. Absolutely delicious, easy, and very visually appealing! Just fabulous all around.

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    Alexandria — July 9, 2014 @ 5:57 pm

    Hi can I use boneless skinless chicken breast?

    • Georgia — July 9th, 2014 @ 10:03 pm

      Yes. If you’re baking boneless chicken breasts, only about 30-40 minutes is needed.

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    Alexandria — July 10, 2014 @ 7:31 pm

    One more question! Should I flip the chicken so it cooks evenly?

    • Georgia — July 11th, 2014 @ 9:11 am

      No need to flip it, just cook according to the directions.

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    Michelle Salas — July 12, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

    Made this using chicken beast for my meal prep and omg! I loooove it. So delish, looked forward to having it as my dinner every night.
    Only one question, is there a post for the nutritional facts? I like to log my meals on MyFitnessPal. thanks!!

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    Cynthia — July 14, 2014 @ 10:23 am

    This looks awesome! I am thinking of making this for a care meal for a family friend. How would this reheat and what would be your reheat instructions? I appreciated your help!

    Cynthia

    • Georgia — July 14th, 2014 @ 10:42 am

      For reheating, I’d recommend covering the chicken with foil and warming at 300 degrees F for 20-25 minutes.

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    susanne — July 21, 2014 @ 10:04 pm

    I made this Saturday night for friends and it was fantastic! Superfast and easy prep with stuff you probably have in the house. My guests loved it. I served it with roasted veggies with some gorgonzola sprinkled on top (after they come out of oven). It worked out perfectly since the chicken cooks at a higher heat that is compatible with roasting veggies. Also, I happened to put out a loaf of french bread which we all used to sop up the fantastic sauce. Wonderful! Thank you so much!

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    sarah — August 1, 2014 @ 7:47 pm

    How do you think this would work with fish?

    • Georgia — August 2nd, 2014 @ 10:34 am

      Hi Sarah – It depends what kind of fish you use, but I’d choose a white, firm-fleshed fish such as cod or halibut. You’ll want to decrease the cooking time and temp, too.

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    Bonnie Hawkins — August 1, 2014 @ 11:07 pm

    This was a WONDERFUL dinner! Looked beautiful before going in the oven and looked even more beautiful coming out! The smell throughout the house was amazing. Thank you.

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    Bonnie Hawkins — August 17, 2014 @ 11:51 am

    Only wish you had a Star Rating System, cuz it would get Top Dog! It was so great, so easy and so inexpensive. Definitely a new keeper. Thank you.

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    Vicki — August 31, 2014 @ 1:46 pm

    This is an excellent dish! I make it every time we have guests for dinner. Easy and delicious!

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    Kristen — September 10, 2014 @ 7:39 pm

    I love making this meal. I probably make it for my family too often but it’s just so delicious!

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