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Lemon Rosemary Baked Chicken

Lemon Rosemary Baked Chicken is an easy and delicious weeknight meal full of citrus and herbs. This healthy dinner is on the table in less than an hour!

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Lemon Rosemary Baked Chicken

Has anyone else just been completely exhausted lately?

It’s 7:30pm Tuesday night as I’m writing this and I am having to muster up everything in me to focus on this post when really all I want to do is go to bed.

Its pretty ridiculous actually and makes me feel really old.

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I mean in my college days I use to be making a midnight run to Wendy’s with my girls and then stay up till 2am!

But alas, I am no longer a young college student.  I am a women who has been married for almost 8 years with a 2 year old and by golly and I am tired at 7:30pm.

Luckily, I love ya’ll so you get a recipe and a little bit of my crazy nonsense.

Okay, on to the recipe.. the real reason your here. Well.. I also like to think your here because you like ME and don’t just like me for my food. Otherwise I’m just that kid at the lunch table that everyone wants to trade their lunch with but nobody wants to talk to …. and thats just no fun!

HOLY COW… focus Krista focus!

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So this Lemon Rosemary Baked Chicken Recipe. The idea came from me going out to my garden and seeing my crazy overgrown rosemary plant and thinking “holy smokes.. I need to make something with rosemary.”

Yup, pretty simple thought process folks.

I saw a problem and created the solution… aka this Lemon Rosemary Baked Chicken.

Lemon and Rosemary.. they just kinda go together … like Apples & Cinnamon or Bananas & Peanut Butter. They are meant for each other.

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Which is why this recipe is so perfect! I mean if you want a rocking recipe, use the right ingredients that ebb and flow with each other.

After those two key ingredients, I added some stone ground mustard, notice I didn’t say dijon mustard. I LOVE stone ground mustard, the texture from the mustard seeds and the tangy taste is so amazing! Whisk all those ingredients up with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper toss it over the chicken and call it a night. Forty-five minutes later you have yourself one delicious and HEALTHY meal that you can be proud of.

Tip: if you want to cut down on time just marinade the chicken the night before so all you have to do is throw it in the oven the next eveing, a great back to school dinner trick!

I know… I’m always thinking of making things easier for you! Muah! Hope you enjoy friends!

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Lemon Rosemary Baked Chicken

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  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


Lemon Rosemary Baked Chicken is an easy and delicious weeknight meal full of citrus and herbs. This healthy dinner is on the table in less than an hour!


  • 1 lb of chicken legs
  • 1 lb. of chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon of stone ground mustard
  • 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of rosemary, chopped
  • salt & pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together mustard, lemon juice, olive oil, rosemary, salt & pepper.
  3. Place chicken legs & thighs in a 13″x9″ baking dish.
  4. Pour lemon rosemary mixture over chicken, toss to coat.
  5. Bake chicken for 45 minutes or until internal temperature is 165 degrees.

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19 comments on “Lemon Rosemary Baked Chicken”

  1. Loved this We used big 2 pkg of legs and attached thighs. Used grated lemon rind only had Dijon. I slid stalk of rosemary under skin on all the thighs. Pasted Dijon over skin the. Sprinkled grated lemon over chicken. Did not need to add any oil
    baked 45 min When done we let cool and packaged up for meals and froze them Looking over your site for more recipes to try and make more meals this way

  2. Such an easy but so flavourful!
    I did not use any olive oil
    I used several tsp of Dijon mixed with grated lemon
    I used 4 stalks of rosemary cut in half and stuffed one under the skin of each chicken
    I sprinkled dried Rosemary on the bottom of the pan then laid out the attached leg and thigh spread the Dijon mixture and popped in the oven To bake. Easy peasy! I did flip the chicken in last 10-15 min to moisten the top and crisp up the underside Lots of juices Great recipe thanks !!

  3. I have two whole chickens cut up, skinless, bone in.
    I will bake this tonight for dinner (a lot of company).

    do you have suggestion for baking time in roasting pan, uncovered, correct? or should I cover?
    want it brown, but don’t want to dry out.

    will add rosemary, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic (we love garlic), salt and pepper…
    WHERE DO I GET STONE GROUND MUSTARD? Is that a specialty shop item? It’s dried mustard, correct? where to buy it?
    THANKS! will report back!! S

    1. Hey Steph! If you want it to get browned slightly but not dry I would maybe cover it for half the cooking time and then remove the foil for the other half to brown it. The stone ground mustard I use it just Grey Poupon brand, its at any grocery store where all the other mustards are. (its not dry) If you can’t find it then any regular dijon mustard would do, its definitely not a speciality item. All it is is mustard but with the seeds in it to give some texture. 🙂 Hope that helps girl!

  4. This looks yummy! I’ve got a 2 year old as well and I know exactly how you feel about wanting to go to bed at 7:30 too. I spend all day looking after the children and looking forward to a bit of time to catch up with blogging in the evening and then I’m too tired!

    1. haha… I can so relate to that! Their down time is the only blog time so basically I’ve decided if you are a blogger with kids sleep just doesn’t happen! haha… hope you get a chance to try this recipe Corina!

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    Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

    I think it is the kids that make us tired. They are a lot of work. That’ll wear anyone out. 😀
    I am so loving these flavors. We eat a lot of chicken in our house, so new recipes are always welcome.

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    Bri | Bites of Bri

    Is it bad that I could go to bed at 7:30 and don’t even have kids yet! I don’t know what I’m going to do about that when the times comes to have kids. I’m in trouble. This chicken looks delicious and my rosemary is crazy too, so I should make it!

    1. Nope! Working and blogs wears you out girl, but add in that kid element and its just complete exhaustion! 🙂

      You should totally make this, great way to use up rosemary. 🙂

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    Laura O|Petite Allergy Treats

    LOL! Oh, Krista you’re not even that old! Just wait… 🙂 This baked chicken sounds waaay better than any fast-food and much healthier! Love it and pinned!

    1. I know! Thats why I’m freakin out that I’m getting tired at 7:30!!! But I guess kids will do that to ya. 🙂

      Glad you liked the recipe chica, thanks for the pin!

  8. Easy, fast and delicious and won’t rob my pocketbook buying the ingredients! Now THAT IS MY KINDA RECIPE!! Thanks! Shopped at Aldi’s yesterday and looked at what we got(or DIDN’T get) for our $70 and decided that we must make some changes and cut out a lot of recipes that take way, way too many expensive ingredients. I just stopped reading many blogs now for that reason.

    1. Those are my kinda recipes too… although I like the occasionally fancy dinner with a glass of wine. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping in and saying hi Joyce! Hope you have a great rest of the week!

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    Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    This chicken looks so good! I’m a chicken lover all the way. And don’t feel too old — I feel the same way so many nights! Actually, by 11:00am my 2-year-old has pretty much worn me out. Thank goodness for naps!

    1. haha… I know! Man.. those 2 year olds sure have alot of energy. I like to take him to the park and run him… is that bad? haha I would nap if I didn’t have a blog, but alas I do. Sleeping is overrated! So glad ya liked the chicken Ashley!