Spice-Roasted Chicken & Lemon Potatoes


If it isn't already, this vibrant dish will make oven-roasted chicken a favorite at your house. With the lemon potatoes, it's an irresistible and simple meal. You can use the leftover meat in soup, sandwiches, and salads.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 20 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 40 mins
6 servings


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 1 tablespoon Spanish Seasoning Blend (see Associated Recipes)

  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided

  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper, divided

  • 1 (4 to 6 pound) whole chicken, patted dry

  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled

  • 2 lemons, divided (1 cut in half, 1 zested and juiced)

  • 1 pound russet potatoes (2 medium), scrubbed and cut into 1-inch pieces


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Combine 3 Tbsp. oil, Spanish seasoning, and 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper in a small bowl. Place chicken, breast-side up, in a roasting pan. Loosen the skin over the breast and thigh meat; rub the spice mixture under the skin, plus a little over the skin. Place garlic and lemon halves inside the cavity. Roast, uncovered, for 25 minutes.

  2. Toss potatoes with the remaining 1 Tbsp. oil, 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Remove the pan from the oven (be careful--the drippings can splatter). Scatter the potatoes around the chicken.

  3. Return the pan to the oven and roast, turning the potatoes once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the innermost part of a thigh and thickest part of the breast registers 165 degrees F and the potatoes are golden and tender, 40 to 50 minutes more. Tent with foil and let rest for 10 minutes.

  4. Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board. Discard the garlic and lemon from the cavity. Carve the chicken (see Tip) and serve with the potatoes.


Roasting pan


For step-by-step carving instructions with photos, visit EatingWell.com/CarvingChicken

Associated Recipe

Spanish Seasoning Blend

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

323 Calories
15g Fat
18g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 3 oz. chicken + 1/2 cup potatoes
Calories 323
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 27g 54%
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 472mg 21%
Potassium 647mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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