Lemon Chicken

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Lemon Chicken

Lemon and chicken were just meant to be together. Adding fresh lemon to chicken is an easy way to infuse a zip of tangy flavor and it delivers juicy results. Who doesn’t love moist, flavorful chicken?

This recipe for Lemon Chicken is a simple recipe, but its flavor is anything but simple. While the chicken would be great with just the lemon, salt and pepper, I've added cinnamon and allspice to further enhance the flavor.

Not a fan of cinnamon and allspice? Leave it out or adjust the amount down. You can also try adding other herbs and spices like parsley, rosemary, thyme or Italian seasoning.

For this recipe we recommend using a whole chicken and breaking it down into pieces. Watch Cutco's How to Break Down a Whole Chicken video to find out how easy it is to do using a Boning Knife.

If you would rather just buy the chicken pre-cut, that’s okay too. And, if you are cutting your own chicken, consider doing it the night before so that all you’ll need to do the next day is slice some lemons and toss everything onto a sheet pan to bake.

Tip: The stock in the pan and leftover chicken make great chicken and rice soup.

Recipe created for Cutco by Chef Keith Glover, culinary instructor from Alfred State College

Lemon Chicken

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  • 1 whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Rinse chicken and break down into 8 pieces (breasts, thighs, drumsticks, wing drumettes, wing flats).
  3. Place chicken in a roasting pan, skinside up.
  4. Baste with lemon juice, sprinkle evenly with spices.
  5. Roast uncovered for 30 minutes and check temperature (cook to internal temperature of 160 degrees F). Cover chicken if it starts to over brown, until cooked to temperature.

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