Chicken with lemon, honey and rosemary

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By: Rachel Allen From: Market Kitchen

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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.36 / 5 (207 votes)

Prep time:
10 min
Cook time:
40 min

This is Rachel Allen's most simple, yet delicious way to cook chicken - the perfect mid-week, child-friendly meal.


1. Preheat the oven to 180ÂșC/gas mark 4.

2. Place the chicken pieces in a large baking dish, skin side up (they can be skinned if you prefer but the chicken will be more moist with the skin on). In a small bowl mix the juice of the lemons with the warm honey, then pour this over the chicken pieces. Place the empty lemon halves in the dish between the chicken pieces for extra flavour, along with the sprigs of rosemary or thyme. Season with sea salt and pepper.

3. Cook in the oven for 40 minutes or until the chicken is cooked and the skin is golden. Remove from the oven and discard the lemon halves.

4. Pour the juices from the dish into a saucepan and boil, uncovered, for about 5 minutes until the juices have thickened slightly. Taste and add more salt and pepper if necessary.

5. Add the salad ingredients to a bowl, combine the lemon juice and olive oil and season well. Pour over the salad just before serving.

6. Serve the chicken and sauce with the salad.


  • 1 chicken, cut into 8 pieces, or 8 chicken pieces (8 chicken pieces (breasts, legs or thighs)
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 tbsp honey, warmed
  • salt and black pepper
  • 2 sprigs rosemary, or 6 sprigs of thyme

For the salad

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Latest Comment


Huge success in our house - simple is often best!
It was a cold miserable day so no salad, just creamy mash and root vegs roasted in the oven with the chicken and a rice pudding. very old fashioned but warming and tasty!

AnnC75636 AnnC75636  Posted 03 Jan 2014 11:38 AM

I tried this with thighs and it was yummy

EveG97572 EveG97572  Posted 22 Oct 2012 6:24 PM

Absolutely lovely and so easy. I don't eat skin so made with skinless chicken breasts and the meat was juicy. Just perfect and so quick and simple.

ann4me ann4me  Posted 12 Aug 2011 3:04 PM

I tried this recipe..really tasty and so simple...the Chicken skins were sublime!!

buried coins buried coins Posted 20 Jan 2009 6:13 PM

Its a great programme..we watch it every day. Am trying out Rachel's lemon and honey chicken right now.

dianaT69199 dianaT69199 Posted 17 Jan 2009 5:54 PM

we are regulars each day on market kitchen. this receipe of rachels is very appealing, as is all the others she has done well done

northfield northfield Posted 17 Jan 2009 4:41 PM

love market kitchen only discovered it recently, Rachel makes cooking eay,

norahO40272 norahO40272 Posted 16 Jan 2009 12:53 PM