Easy Roasted Lemon Chicken with Tomatoes and Potatoes

Comfort food at its best. Add this hearty, healthy one-pan meal to your weeknight menu and you’ll see why it’s one of our readers’ quick and easy dinners!

Easy Roasted Lemon Chicken with Tomatoes and Potatoes – Comfort food at its best. Add this hearty, healthy one-pan meal to your weeknight menu! | thecomfortofcooking.com

Aaaand, we’re back!

After three days in D.C. and one amazing day celebrating my cousin’s happy new marriage (congrats, guys!), this girl is wiped. Wanna hear about the trip? Well, I’ll tell ya! Just here for the delicious chicken-potato-tomato goodness? Keep readin’.

Nevertheless… Day one, we hit the ground running, picked up our sleepy bums after an early flight, and enjoyed the beautiful and historic city on foot. We ran around to all the usual landmarks with our map in hand and trusty cameras to catch it all! Day two brought all the museums and monuments we missed the day before, and a wonderful reunion with my childhood best friend, her hubby and their adorable blonde babies. Skip ahead to the next day, which brought more family, hugs and laughter than I could count at my cousin’s wedding. Day four was a sad farewell to our short and sweet Mid-Atlantic adventure, but we promised to be back again soon, or at the very least try to see everyone more than once every four years!

If we had an indispensable income and no real responsibilities at home, I could have easily spent several more days continuing to wander Washington with a comfy pair of kicks and coffee in hand! BUT. My lovely little friend called “Reality” had to come waltzing in and wallop me in the tush eventually! That is, the reality in which the most difficult decision of my day is no longer whether to order the crab cake or ribeye.

Le sigh.

Easy Roasted Lemon Chicken with Tomatoes and Potatoes – Comfort food at its best. Add this hearty, healthy one-pan meal to your weeknight menu! | thecomfortofcooking.com

But actually, my home is my favorite place in the whole world, and the comforts of it incomparable to any hotel. Before my husband and I keyed our way into these cozy four walls, anywhere was a welcome vacation, and we’d pack our bags anytime and leave. No homesickness, no longing. Now, though, as much as I love to travel, there really is nowhere else I’d rather be.

Where I love to be is mixing up a delicious meal in my kitchen, sitting with my hubby, and sipping on a glass of wine talking about our days. Dishes be damned. I’m enjoying myself and I’ll get to ‘em later!

Easy Roasted Lemon Chicken with Tomatoes and Potatoes – Comfort food at its best. Add this hearty, healthy one-pan meal to your weeknight menu! | thecomfortofcooking.com

That feeling is especially amplified after I’ve come home from traveling, though. There’s nothing better than sinking your fork into a scrumptious homemade dinner, with the aroma filling your kitchen and the goodness filling your belly! That is comfort food.

This big, luscious pan full of lemony roasted chicken parts, baby potatoes and sweet cherry tomatoes with onions and herbs is my definition of comfort after a long trip. It’s easy to whip up, absolutely delicious, and makes leftovers for days while you’re busy getting back into the swing of things!

For weeknights, special occasions, and even lazy weekends, I know you’ll love this one-pan meal as much as I loved making it to share with you. Whip it up at home tonight!

Easy Roasted Lemon Chicken with Tomatoes and Potatoes

Easy Roasted Lemon Chicken with Tomatoes and Potatoes

Yield: 4 to 5


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 4 lbs. 10-12 skin-on, bone-in chicken parts (thighs, legs, wings)
  • 1 lb. baby potatoes
  • 1/2 onion, yellow or red, thinly sliced
  • 2 lemons, 1 sliced and 1 juiced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 10 oz. cherry tomatoes


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Spray a rimmed 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish with cooking spray. Into the baking dish arrange chicken parts (skin side up), potatoes, sliced onion and lemon slices evenly in pan.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper flakes, paprika, salt and pepper. Pour mixture all over chicken and potatoes. Sprinkle all over generously with additional Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  4. Bake uncovered for about 1 hour, or until chicken and potatoes are fully cooked. During last 20 minutes of cooking, add cherry tomatoes and continue cooking for the 20 remaining minutes.
  5. Enjoy!

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  1. such a bright array of colors in this dish….we loved how this can be easily doubled up…one of the most fuss free dinner recipes we have ever made…comforting and absolutely delicious :-)

  2. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip Georgia! I get a bit homesick sometimes when traveling. I can only eat out so many times before I feel bloated and icky. Haha! This chicken dish sounds divine and oh so comforting. Love the tomatoes here. Delicious! :)

  3. What a fun trip! And this chicken dish is screaming all kinds of comfort – I may just have to make this for Sunday Supper!

  4. Aww…Le pant, le heave, le sigh! Glad you had a fun trip in D.C., Georgia. This chicken dish with potatoes and tomatoes? So simple yet so satisfying. All that beautiful olive oil, lemon and herbs create sheer magic in the kitchen. Thank you for sharing, m’lady!

  5. Aww I’m so glad you had such an awesome trip!! I love being on vacation but I also really love coming home! And getting a home-cooked meal on the top. Something that tastes like comfort, like this chicken!

  6. So glad you had a great trip!! And this dish looks just divine… love the perfectly simple, comforting flavors!

  7. Sounds like such a fun trip! I need to visit DC!

    I love the chicken and am thinking Sunday night dinner. It is perfect!

  8. Comfort Food Greatness.. glad you enjoyed your trip. This roasted chicken looks incredible..

  9. Georgia,
    You hit this dish completely out of the ballpark, wow!! Very nice photos. Sorry about that darned ole’ thing called Reality reeling you back in but it sure sounds like you had a wonderful weekend in D.C. This is a very nice post, thanks for sharing it with us!!

  10. This looks so incredible! It’d be the perfect meal to make for a special night in or date, too!

  11. What a superb recipe, Georgia! It’s both easy for a weeknight meal and perfect for a dinner party. I love the colors and flavor combinations. Chicken and lemon are a perfect match.

    I’m glad you enjoyed Washington, DC; it’s my hometown! Texas is now Home to me, but I still miss the East Coast. I’m glad you had a great trip!

  12. Ah jeez, you’re making me crave travel! You’re right, there’s nothing like getting home, enjoying a home cooked meal, and relaxing in your own space. Your roasted lemon chicken looks absolutely amazing! So full of flavor and so comforting with them potatoes! Welcome home, lady :)

  13. Nothing like a delicious and comforting meal after a vacation. This looks fabulous, Georgia!

  14. im glad you had an amazing trip but I agree- nothing like your bed and food from the kitchen. I love one pot chicken dishes like this too. Thanks for the idea.

  15. What a fun trip! I love DC! We live so close (3 hours) but I haven’t been in years. I think I need to fix that! This meal looks fabulous! There is a little bit in it for everyone!

  16. It sounds like you had a great time. I’ve never been to Washington but would love to go. I think everyone should visit there at least once.

    Your recipe would go over well in my family. Not only is it simple but healthy and hearty at the same time. I bet the house smells amazing while it’s cooking. Great recipe, I’ll be sure to try it. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Well now I know what I’m making for dinner tonight! Looks delish!

  18. Glad you had a great trip and YES, Home is the best and your dish, seriously I would like to put a fork in it. Looks so good.

  19. Glad you had such a great visit to DC! I love going on weekend trips, but I’m always just as happy to come back to my cozy little home.

    And this roast chicken looks delicious! I love the combination of flavors and spices that you used. Roast chicken is one of our go-to meals when the weather drops, but I’d gotten a bit tired of my basil-sage-oregano seasoning routine. I’m definitely looking forward to trying your version. I’m sure the lemon gives it a bright, vibrant kick!

  20. We went to DC last Spring break and had a great time, too. But there is nothing like a home cooked meal after a trip and this is a perfect example! (PS – we love Shake Shack!)

  21. Aw, your trip sounds amazing, I’m so happy you enjoyed yourselves!
    And this dish looks so good and comforting… I’d love it to be my dinner. Or lunch, mind you. This sounds great ;-)

  22. Looks perfect and easy–great combination!

  23. I love roasted chicken, gorgeous presentation!

  24. Roasted chicken with potatoes? Magic looking :D


  25. This looks mouth watering. Amazing colors. It seems like you had tons of fun in Washington. I love that city but like you mentioned, there is no better place than the comforts your your own home :-)

  26. that just simply looks amazing. A down home cooked meal if I have ever seen one. I love the flavors of lemon with thyme, rosemary, basil, etc.

  27. Sounds like you had fun! Your burger salad you had looks delicious. ;) As does this lovely meal! Love how simple it is yet delicately delicious!

  28. Glad that you had so much fun in D.C.
    The roasted chicken looks so yum!

  29. Sounds like you have a fun trip! I love going away, but there’s something about coming back home and making comfort food like your roasted chicken dish. The comforts of home are still the best.

  30. I can relate to you so much right now, I am exhaauuusted.

    And this chicken looks SOOOOO yummyyyyyyy. Love love love it!

  31. One pan meals like this dish are ideal for busy weeknights. It looks like this dish packs a whallop of flavor.

  32. This looks so great, Georgia!!! What a delicious meal with amazing flavors!!!

  33. There is nothing more comforting that a roasted chicken…add all your goodies and it has to be over the top good.

  34. Love the bright colors and flavors of this dish!

  35. I always love coming home after a trip! This chicken looks fabulous. I love lemon with chicken, so good!

  36. Loved it. Made it for dinner tonight and we thoroughly enjoyed it! Great dish, thanks :)

  37. I love to travel but also love to come home and- yes enjoying a homemade meal is the best- your roasted chicken dish looks like such a wonderful welcome home meal ;)

  38. Wow, that sounds like you are very into cooking))) I remembered you said about Reality: little and lovely friend … I am sure you are going to have enough money just start believing in yourself. I have at least two reasons to convince you in this: 1. The way you write everything (it’s so easy to read) 2. Your recipe. How wonderful it is to experiment and add lazy weekends in your list :-) If it’s not a secret what’s your next big thing in cooking?

  39. DC is a wonderful destination… so much to see. :) I would become a total tourist of this dis though… It’s gorgeous. :)

  40. Crazy, we were probably within a mile of each other. We are living in DC temporarily and love visiting all the sites, theres so much to see. I hope you guys had a great trip! And this lemon chicken looks amazing!!

  41. Great post and I LOVE this chicken dish! It’s so pretty.

  42. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and it was delicious! The one change I made is I pre-boiled the potatoes for 5 minutes prior to adding them to the baking dish. I’ve had many instances in the past where the chicken baked & potatoes were still hard-ish… but they were so soft this time!!! I used regular yellow potatoes and cut them into smaller chunks and halfed the grape tomatoes b/c they were on the bigger side. Delicious. Thank you!

  43. This recipe looks fabulous. I can’t wait to try it!

  44. Suzanne Singer says:

    5 stars
    I made this tonight and it was beyond delicious! My whole family loved it!

  45. This recipe, WOW, I need to try it this weekend, looks amazing!

  46. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and it was absolutely scrumptious!

  47. Oh boy, love this! Making it right now and adding artichokes…super recipe and pic!

  48. Hi, what would you think about marinating the chicken in the oil mixture with spices overnight? Would appreciate a response. Thank you so much. Tammy

  49. You can marinate it if you’d like, but the chicken and potatoes are just as flavorful without needing to be. Just add the marinating liquid to the pan before roasting.

  50. Hi Georgia, I just discovered your blog and I love it! The design is clean, the pictures are pretty and I like your style of writing. I tried this recipe and it is now in the oven. Can’t wait to taste the result. Cheers!

  51. 5 stars
    This was a yummy, yummy dish!! I’ve made several of your recipes so far and they have all been spot on! And so easy and quick which is what I need right now with 2 littles to run after!! I’ve jumped back into cooking after a several months long hiatus due to having my second baby and your site has made the transition smooth! Thank you so much Georgia!! Keep ’em coming!

  52. 5 stars
    I have done this recepie twice, it is absolutely delicious! It has so much flavor and texture. One of the first times using fresh tomatoes with chicken which I now know pairs so well.

  53. Looks delish! Am i able to cut this recipe in half?

  54. Would you add any additional liquid if you were just using chicken breasts in this recipie?

  55. No need to add additional liquid, but I would decrease the cooking time slightly.

  56. 5 stars
    I googled baked potatoes and chicken recipe and came across your recipe. This is indeed easy and delicious. I have just added it to a list of my easy and delicious menus.

    Thanks so much for the recipe.

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