Birthday Lemon Roast Chicken Recipe

Party (and eat) like it’s your birthday.

This past weekend was my boyfriend Ty’s 25th birthday, which was a perfect reason to cook up a classy meal to celebrate the big day. Funny thing is, this dish will only seem like you spent your afternoon preparing it. Fool everyone with these lemon, garlic and herb roasted chicken breasts that are delicious enough to serve on a special occasion, and easy enough to whip up on a Monday after a big weekend.

Adapted from (one of my absolute faves) Ina Garten’s Lemon Chicken. Enjoy!


serves 2

  • 2 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts (very important!)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 lemons, 1 juiced and 1 sliced
  • 5 sprigs of thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • Lots of salt and pepper

preheat oven to 400 degrees. spray a glass, oven-san dish with cooking spray.

season chicken breasts well with kosher salt and pepper before placing into dish.

in a saucepan, heat olive oil, lemon juice, lemon slices, minced garlic, thyme and some salt + pepper. bring to a low boil, whisking to combine, before reducing heat to low. let cook down for 5 minutes then pour over chicken in glass dish.

bake chicken for 40 minutes, remove from oven, then let sit for at least 5 minutes before serving to let juices absorb into chicken! serve with more lemon sauce poured over top!


  1. I just found this blog. Love it and the pictures :)I actually make lemon chicken on our (overworked) BBQ 🙂 but I like this too!!

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