Monday, August 4, 2008

Roasted Chicken with Oregano and Lemon

Have you tried my Roast Chicken with Garlic and Lemon? I got a new fan (for this recipe). My sister! She likes it so much that she even recommends it to her demonstrator (for Sharp Water Oven) to try it. Not too long ago, the lady, Irene, if I remembered correctly, just called me to clarify the recipe.

I'm going to tell my sister, she should really ask her demonstrator to try this instead. It's similar, less hassle but tasted just as good. I'm not sure if will be the same if you are using a conventional oven but the meat was still succulent though the breast meat is not as moist as the Roast Chicken with Garlic and Lemon. Blame me for being lazy. I didn't parboil the chicken, I didn't cover the chicken with foil too. I just put it in the oven and let the oven do it's job. But my husband said it's better than Roast Chicken with Garlic and Lemon.

But I got to warn you. Just like the Roast Chicken with Garlic and Lemon, it has a sour lemon taste. So if you are use to eat chicken that is either saltish or sweet, you might not like this. Or are you game for it?

  • 1 small or medium Chicken, washed and cleaned
  • 1 Lemon, half
  • Zest of 1 lemon, optional
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon soften Butter or Margarine (I used margarine)

How to do it:
  1. Spread margarine in cavity of the chicken, under the skin and all over the chicken.
  2. Repeat for oregano, lemon zest, if using, and salt.
  3. Place the lemon in the cavity and seal with a toothpick.
  4. Set aside and let it marinade for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 180C.
  6. Place chicken in a oven proof dish.
  7. Add potatoes around the chicken if you like.
  8. Roast for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or till chicken is cooked and skin is golden brown and crispy.
  9. Bast the chicken with the sauce from the dish frequently (I did 4 times).
  10. Once the chicken is cooked, remove the Chicken and cover it loosely with foil.
  11. Drain the oil from the sauce. The remaining can be used as a dipping sauce for the chicken.
  12. Return the potatoes to the oven and continue roasting till brown.
  13. Place together with the Chicken and serve.

  • I used Super Roast 1 on the Water Oven for this dish.
  • If you are using conventional oven, I suggest you place a oven proof bowl of water when you are roasting so your chicken will be less dry.
  • Make a 'tent' using foil over the chicken if your chicken brown to fast.


  1. Sounds easy. But I do not have Water oven or conventional oven. Looks like I have to try making this at mom's home :)

  2. Hi,could you tell where we can get the Oregano? Only dried one is available? Is there fresh oregano available in the wet market?

  3. Tigerfish, Try it if you have the chance. Really nice.

    Shuey,You can get fresh Oregano from Cold Storage. The wet market at my place doesn't have much fresh herbs. They only have fennel, basil and mint. You can check your side. Might have?

  4. mmm this looks gorgeous! I'll be trying it out soon :D Glad to find your blog and I'll be back for more!

  5. This looks great! I just wanted to let you know that I've read your posts for awhile now, and I finally got around to putting together my own food blog. I'm coming from a whole different area than you (imagine: college students cooking real food! Blasphemy!), but I'd love to get feedback from you. Feel free to check me out at:

    PS - I posted a pizza recipe, I bet your family would love it!

  6. wow..this is lovely. I also sometimes make roasted chicken on sundays and then what's leftover is then used for sandwiches during the week. It taste even better after a few days. :)

  7. i love roast chicken! i just tried my first with garlic, butter and lemon zest and i love love love it

    i will try with more herbs next time ^_^

  8. looks so yummy...definitely, a must try recipe... thanks for sharing :)

  9. Pink Parisian,
    Thanks for your comments and visiting too.

    Thank you.

    Kitchen Confidentiality,
    Wow! That's great! I'll make sure to visit you.

    Yeah, I agree! I loved the leftovers too. I either used them for sandwiches or fried rice.

    Mochachocolata Rita,
    Hope you will try this out next time. :)

    Thanks and you are welcome.

  10. I love your cooking and I like this version of roasted chicken better because they involved less work!! I will try this out soon.

  11. Mommy Angel,
    Thanks. Hope you will like this. :)

  12. Hi Wokking mum,

    I love your cooking & they makes me drools.. my fav is the roast chicken & chicken rice.. Cant wait to try them out.

    Jus wondering if im gonna roast the chicken using my conventional oven.. do i have wrap it up with foil or i jus can jus roast it like tht.. for basting, hows the interval for each basting...

    cant wait to hear frm u soon