Monday, October 19, 2009

Portuguese Roast Chicken with Lemon

You know one thing I love? The smell of a slow roasting chicken in the oven, when you can hear the sizzling of the skin and your whole house is inundated with the most delicious scent of garlic and lemon.

This is a really simple way to roast chicken, serve it with some mashed potatoes, or fries or rice like I did. I'll even show you a quick and easy little trick to make it more presentable and fun for the kids.


Portuguese Roast Chicken with Lemon

1 whole chicken cut up
1 chicken bouillon cube
2 lemons
3 garlic cloves
2 bay leaves
olive oil

In a baking dish, place the chicken. Then I take the bouillon cube and crumble it over the chicken.


Add the garlic cloves finely sliced, the juice of the 2 lemons and the bay leaves. Drizzle with olive oil and add some butter cut into small pieces.


Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for about an hour.

Bake in a 375 degree oven for 2 hours or until chicken is cooked and the skin is nice and brown and crispy.

While cooking, I check on it a few times and using a big spoon, I scoop up some of the gravy and pour over the chicken so it doesn't dry up.


I made some plain rice as a side dish, when it was ready, I took a few big scoops of the chicken gravy and added it to the rice, stirred really well and then scooped the rice into a little bowl that I used to make mounds on the plate.


The kids LOVE it and for some reason they are more eager to eat it this way.



  1. OH that looks so tasty Sandra! You have the most delicious recipes and ways of doing things"

  2. Wow! This is definitely one to try - all my favs - chicken, garlic, rice, yum!!!

  3. WOW--4 of my favorite foods--rice, lemon, chicken and garlic--what's not to love? This is definitely on the menu soon. Thanks for the great recipes.

  4. This looks great !! Even better than I thought just by the title !!

  5. You have some great Portuguese recipes, they all look delicious.

  6. Sandra, you always post the best recipes. Now that you've made me think I'm going to starve, I'm off to the kitchen.

  7. Thank you for the great recipes! everything we have tried so far is excellents and a BIG hit in our house!
    I just made this chicken again for the 2nd time last night, but with hubby's request, only wings (tips cut off), it was very very tasty, really absorbs all the wonderful flavors!
    we have tried sweet & spice chicken, sliders, portegues chicken, the apple filled biscuits (YUMMY) and the cinnamon biscuits with strawberry jam (another BIG Yummy in this house)

  8. Love this so much that I even shared it on my blog, adding mention of you of course ;)