Lemon chicken in a baking tray

Lemon chicken

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(23 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins - 40 mins


Serves 4

Make dinner in no time with this super-quick and easy lemon chicken recipe. Coating chicken breasts in a honey and lemon sauce gives them a delicious sticky finish 

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal250
  • fat13g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs4g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre0g
  • protein31g
  • salt0.2g


  • 4 part-boned chicken breasts, skin on



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  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested



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  • 1 tbsp clear honey
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano



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  • new potatoes and green salad, to serve
    New potatoes

    New potatoes

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  1. Heat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Arrange the chicken in a layer, skin-side up, in a shallow ovenproof dish. Put all the remaining ingredients in a bowl and warm in the microwave or a small pan for 1 min. Stir everything together and pour over the chicken.

  2. Roast the chicken for 30-40 mins, basting every 10 mins. The juices will gradually thicken and give the chicken a shiny coating. Leave the chicken to stand for 5 mins before serving with new potatoes and a green salad.

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15th Jul, 2020
Not enough sauce for this recipe and the chicken did not taste of lemon really more like the honey used. Next time I will double the amount of lemon used to 2 and still keep the 1 tablespoon of honey. On the plus side chicken was tender and sweet.
18th Aug, 2019
very tasty but not very sticky....I did use a large lemon but doubled the amount of honey and olive oil.
10th Jun, 2015
Made this tonight for tea and it was delicious. Served with courgette and cherry tomato couscous, would definitely make again
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9th May, 2014
Just had this for tea and it was very tasty and easy to make
20th Jul, 2013
Important to baste every ten minutes to get the skin to carmelise without the meat drying out - easy recipe - I doubled the quantities and used half the chicken for a picnic the next day - equally delicious cold
4th Oct, 2010
Love this recipe. To save the chicken or suace from burning - add in a glass of white wine to the mixture after it comes out the microwave. Makes it loads more moist and increases the volume of sauce. Not as sticky but really nice!!
9th Nov, 2009
This is one of the first "Good Food" recipes I made when I first became a subscriber in 2003. I have made this so many times. It is suitable for family meals yet special enough for informal meals with friends. It is so easy and works well every time.
27th Mar, 2009
I really wanted to love this, but chicken was dry and cooking juices burnt
11th Feb, 2009
This was great. I was a bit scared at first, because I'm not the biggest honey fan. Whilst it was cooking in the oven, there was a really strong smell of honey, but once it was on the plate it blended in great and wasn't over-powering. I added two lemons, some peppers and corainder to boost it a bit. It was a really nice, light meal. Will be ideal in the summer with some salad! Mmmm.
5th Sep, 2008
Really lovely taste. Will become a regular event. I only used 1/2 of the lemon juice but all of the lemon zest and found the lemon just right.


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