Lemon Chicken


Lemon Chicken


This is the recipe that Joseph of Cupertino used to prepare as a child. Very easy to make, it is a healthy and tasty second course.

Ingredients (serves 4):

1 chicken weighing about 1.2 kg
2 lemons + 1 lemon for the garnish
40g butter
6 garlic cloves
A few sprigs of thyme
Black pepper


First of all remove the chicken from the fridge at least one hour before preparing it (this is a rule for all meats: never cook from the fridge).

Rub the outside of the chicken with half a lemon; stuff the cavity with half a peeled lemon, half the butter, and the garlic cloves. Heat two tablespoons of oil in a pan with the remaining butter, place the chicken on top, season with salt and pepper, transfer the pan to a hot oven at 180° and roast for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Halfway through cooking, sprinkle with the freshly squeezed juice of the remaining lemon and a half.

When cooked, remove the chicken from the oven and transfer it to a chopping board. With a pair of kitchen shears, cut the back and breast into four pieces, remove the wings and thighs and arrange them all in the roasting pan, or on a serving plate.

Sprinkle with finely chopped thyme and serve the roast lemon chicken immediately, garnished with lemon slices and accompanied, if so desired, by fried or roast potatoes.
(Liana Marabini)

Dona Ora