Succulent honey & lemon chicken

Succulent honey & lemon chicken

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(72 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins - 10 mins Cook: 1 hr


Serves 4
This succulent chicken one pot makes for a quick, no-fuss supper

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal647
  • fat35g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs47g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre3g
  • protein39g
  • salt0g
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  • 3 juicy lemons



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 50g butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 3 tbsp clear honey
  • leaves from 4 rosemary sprigs



    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 8 chicken pieces, such as thighs and drumsticks, with skin



    Chicken's many plus points - its versatility, as well as the ease and speed with which it…

  • 750g potatoes, peeled and cut into smallish chunks



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • green salad, to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas 6/fan180C. Squeeze the juice from 2 lemons into a small pan and heat with the butter, honey, rosemary, garlic and salt and pepper, until the butter melts and it smells fragrant.

  2. Lay the chicken in a roasting tin – don’t pile it up or it won’t cook so well. Add the potatoes and drizzle with lemon butter to coat evenly. Cut the third lemon into 8 wedges and tuck them in. (Can be made up to 2 hours ahead up to this point.)

  3. Roast for 50 minutes - 1 hour until the chicken is cooked and the potatoes are crisp and golden. Serve with a green salad.

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18th Oct, 2009
Although the smell coming from the oven was wonderful, this did not carry through to the dish when eaten. Too lemony - I would add more honey next time together with some parsnip. Otherwise a winner.
3rd Oct, 2009
This is a lovely recipe for chicken, moist, succulent and lemony!! Like some of the other testers on here I would roast my potatoes seperately because mine didn't crisp up even though I followed the recipe to the letter! On saying that - although they were very soft - they were also very tasty!!
7th Sep, 2009
Went down a treat!
15th Aug, 2009
The flavours were delicious but as I substituted Quorn fillets instead of chicken, the juices weren't quite enough so halfway through cooking time I had to add some vegetable stock. I already have a fab recipe for lemon chicken which I think I prefer on the whole - but it's always great to try new things! Works well with oregano if you don't have rosemary to hand.
5th Aug, 2009
Lovely recipe, quick and easy. Will definitely make again.
4th Aug, 2009
EASY to make & delicious dish!! I made this for dinner last night and everyone loved it, including my kids (ages 14,8,6). We all had seconds. Although, next time I would pre-cook (boil or fry) the potatoes before adding to the pan as they were still crunchy, even after baking for over an hour. Also, I would increase the honey & decrease the lemon juice to make chicken a bit more ''sticky''.
4th Aug, 2009
SUPER taste & super easy!! I cooked this for my children and they LOVED it. Even my 6 year old had seconds. It's a great recipe, although next time I will slightly fry or boil the potatoes before placing in oven with the chicken as they were still a bit crunchy when teh chicken was done.
27th Jul, 2009
I tend to part cook the potatoes first and then add the lemon butter to the drained potatoes and leave it them to sit for a couple of hours before I am ready to put in the oven. Then add them to the chicken. We like the potatoes lemony and I then add a belazu lemon(preserved lemon) to them during cooking.
21st Jul, 2009
Really zesty and fresh. A great balance with the Rosemary. And so easy.
10th Jul, 2009
My verdict was absolutely delicious, and perfect with some of our home-grown rocket on the side, and a bit of cucumber. I didn't find the potatoes too lemony as others did, probably because I love lemon! I also added courgettes at the beginning to roast with the potatoes and chicken and I think this was a nice addition.


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