Lemon Roasted Chicken and Cauliflower

This is another dish that’s easy enough to throw together on a busy weeknight, yet pretty enough to make for dinner guests as well! I recently made this recipe when my parents were in town (with a big salad on the side), and the serving platter was completely empty by the end of dinner. I absolutely love meals that are so much easier to make than they appear. :)

Also, don’t forget to make overnight chicken stock in your slow cooker with the leftover bones! When I purchased an organic whole chicken from the grocery store for this recipe I asked the butcher to cut it into parts for me, which he did at no charge. I was also left with some parts that we don’t typically eat so I threw those in the slow cooker (along with the cooked bones) for the stock as well.

So if you go this route, be sure you know what parts you are putting into the roasting pan before baking it. Your guests might be a little confused if you try to serve them roasted chicken back (eeek!). Okay, enough about that topic that frankly makes me a little uncomfortable!

Roasted Chicken and Cauliflower

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Lemon Roasted Chicken and Cauliflower

This roasted chicken is another dish that's easy enough to throw together for a busy weeknight meal, yet pretty enough to make for dinner guests as well!
4.7 from 13 votes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
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Servings: 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 whole chicken cut into parts – ask the butcher at the grocery store to cut it for you
  • 1 head cauliflower cut into florets with big stems removed
  • 1 lemon thinly sliced (with peel left on)
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper sold in spice aisle
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 1 cup water

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • In a large roasting pan arrange the raw chicken parts and cauliflower. Add the lemon slices and then sprinkle the entire dish with the garlic, lemon pepper, and salt. Drizzle the olive oil over top and rest the two rosemary sprigs across the top.
  • Pour 1 cup of water in the bottom of the roasting pan and bake until the chicken breast registers an internal temperature between 170 to 175 degrees with a quick read thermometer, about 30 minutes.

Notes

The chicken can be browned in a skillet on the stove prior to roasting, but is not necessary. I tried it both ways and while searing the chicken added a nice additional flavor it certainly is not an extra step I would want to deal with when short on time. The chicken pictured above was not browned in advance and the outcome was delicious.
We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Roasted Chicken and Cauliflower
Amount Per Serving
Calories 76 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 226mg10%
Potassium 323mg9%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin C 56.7mg69%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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87 thoughts on “Lemon Roasted Chicken and Cauliflower”

  1. I just saw this on my Facebook feed! Yum! For the 450 roast temperature – is that on convection? or regular roast? I have a new wolf oven I am learning to use and am also wondering if I have to convert Lisa’s recipes for convection mode or if I just follow as directed. Thanks!

  2. Everyone needs to learn how to cut up a chicken! No need to have the butcher do it. One of the first things I was taught by my mother in the kitchen.

  3. 5 stars
    Made this tonight with great reviews from my husband and kids. My husband doesn’t really care for cauliflower but he ended up going back for thirds! The chicken turned out moist and juicy. I ended up spatchcocking a small chicken and then adding some chicken legs I had to get about 4.5 pounds worth of bone-in chicken. I also made my own lemon pepper because I didn’t have any on hand so I’m not sure how my homemade version compared to store bought but it was so good I think as long as I have lemons on hand I’ll just make my own again.

    Thanks for an easy and delicious weeknight meal!

  4. I made it with boneless chicken thighs and it came out great. STill cooked it 30 minutes.

    Husband said, “Don’t lose this recipe.”

  5. This took an hour to bake… I cooked it on a rack though. Because it was in so long, the cauliflower burnt a little. How do you get yours to be done in 30 minutes? Even when I just cook chicken legs, they take 50 minutes?

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Jamie. All ovens burn a little differently. The cook time on this recipe has worked out well in my oven. ~Amy

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Kelley. Lisa usually buys from the Matthews Farmer’s Market. Costco typically has whole organic chickens, too. ~Amy

  6. 5 stars
    I just pulled this out of the oven it smells amazing! I used drumsticks and thighs because that is what I had on hand. I can’t wait to dig in.

  7. I’m just getting started trying to do real foods, and I’m not sure how the butcher at the grocery store works. I know, I’m 32 an never bought anything from the meat or cheese counter at the grocery! We have a Kroger here…so I just go to the refrigerator section and pick out a whole chicken, then take it to the butcher counter and they will cut it up for me? Or do I order the chicken at the butcher counter? Sorry, I know this sounds dumb!!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Beth. Yes, you can find the chicken in the refrigerated section and the butcher is usually happy to to cut up the chicken for you. ~Amy

  8. I have made this twice in the last three weeks and it is a HUGE hit. Even my picky seven year old asked for seconds. (And I stood over the pan scarfing cauliflower like an animal when I was supposed to be putting away leftovers. Is that bad?) My husband and I spend a lot of time comparing the flavor to effort ratio of our meals and this one is a winner. So much flavor for so little effort. Thanks very much for sharing this delicious recipe.

  9. Have you ever made your slow cooker chicken broth with this chicken? Wondering if it would be good with the lemon flavor. I need stock so I am trying to decide if I should do this or just do the whole chicken in crock pot recipe?

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Sarah. You can make broth with this recipe but it will definitely have a different flavor than a traditional broth.

  10. If using a whole chicken, and wanting it to be cut up, but already have the chicken frozen, any suggestions on how to cut it up yourself before putting it in the oven?

  11. replace the rosemary & lemon pepper with paprika and this is the President Nixon’s BBQ Chicken recipe my grandparents use to make all the time when I was growing up. Now I am hungry, I think I will have to make me some of both recipes this weekend but on the grill.

  12. I had a question about the lemon pepper. The 4 brands I found at the store had all kinds of extra stuff! What brand is recommended? I am going to try to make this, and use Lemon juice and pepper, rather than the lemon pepper. I will let you know how it goes.

  13. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and we loved it! But, I’m not sure what I did wrong! My pan was a little small, so the cauliflower had to sit on top of the crevices where the chicken pieces met. Baked for 30 minutes, and then had to bake it for another 30. Is that because I need a bigger pan where each piece of chicken and cauliflower have their own space? Thanks so much!! I love your site and recipes!! :)

  14. 5 stars
    I made this last night for my parents, husband and daughter. It was a big hit. I did use a little more seasoning and an extra sprig of rosemary – YUMMY!

  15. 5 stars
    Delicious dish! I’m using the leftover chicken tonight to make the white chicken lasagna. I also used the bones to make the overnight chicken stock in the slow cooker….brilliant! I wish I had known that trick years ago!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Jen. I think I understand your question. You would be able to just allow them to cook as you are making the stock. ~Amy

  16. @Courtney: a whole roasted chicken takes an hour and 15 minutes to an hour and a half at 375F. Not hard at all! I think I would bump the temp up to 425 for the last 25 min and throw the cauliflower in separately, tossed with olive oil and salt. Not that you were asking me. :)

    Real question for Lisa: if you go from roasted chx to crockpot broth, do you collect the pan drippings and add to the crockpot? Add extra water to top up the slow cooker? I’m interested in the modifications you make. (Last time I tried this the broth didn’t come out as lovely as I would have liked.) thanks!

  17. 4 stars
    I would definitely give it a try. Considering that Organic chicken are way too packed with good stuff, added with cauliflower that are colon friendly, I’m pretty sure that this is going to be a blockbuster not only to my guests at home but to everyone who gets to reap all the benefits that it will do in the body. Thanks for sharing this.

  18. Could you leave the chicken whole? I know it would need to cook for a few hours whole but just wondering. Thanks!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Courtney. Christie B responded to you below:

      @Courtney: a whole roasted chicken takes an hour and 15 minutes to an hour and a half at 375F. Not hard at all! I think I would bump the temp up to 425 for the last 25 min and throw the cauliflower in separately, tossed with olive oil and salt. Not that you were asking me. :)

  19. I just made this tonight. I did not cook the chicken ahead of time, just put it all in the oven. It was so good and the cauliflower was so sweet. I gave my husband a bite of the cauliflower and he really liked it and he does not normally like cauliflower. It is a winner. Thank you

  20. Hi there,
    This is an unrelated question to the recipe you posted.
    I am just starting to do a complete switch over to organic and less processed food.
    I am a busy mom of three , ages 11,10 and 9. I stay very busy, as one child has type 1 diabetes , another has ADHD and my youngest has severe eczema. I am a stay at home mom , and although I am home during
    The day , I’m busy around the house a lot. I like it clean and picked up. :)
    So , I was wondering about premade , store bought soups and quicker options for lunches or dinner.
    We eat canned soups and pastas right now, although I want to change to organic, healthier options. Also , is auntie Ann’s a good option for the canned pasta? Or any other brand ?
    I just need some guidance. My worry is that I won’t be able to keep up with the mostly
    homemade and I will get overwhelmed. Any advice is appreciated !

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi there, Jen. Many people find that the mini-pledges https://www.100daysofrealfood.com/original-100-day-pledge/ are a good way to start. You can tackle them one at a time or build on them from week to week. Beyond that, you can certainly find organic soups that have good whole ingredients with nothing hidden, like Amy’s and organic soups from Trader Joe’s. None of these would likely fit the criteria for the pledge rules but they are a better choice than most. Annies, that is 100% certified organic, are again, better than most. We encourage you to get in the habit of making big batches of your favorite healthy recipes and stock your freezer to help with your cooking load. ~Amy

    2. Hi, Jen. I have a child with type 1 diabetes, too. We haven’t found that Annie’s or any other organic brand of pasta has had a better effect on my son’s blood sugar. They are all pretty much tough for him to handle and calculate a dose, as the high sugars can appear hours later. . I was reading that it is because most prepared pastas contain semolina flour, which is very starchy. Homemade pasta is really just flour and eggs and some blogs I read recommended using what’s called OO flour. So I watched a few videos and just bought a not too expensive pasta cutter. Going to try making my own spaghetti this weekend. It is more work but I’m hoping if tit doesn’t affect my son’s sugars like other stuff, it will be worth it for the occasional pasta night

  21. This looks delicious – we love chicken, cauliflower and lemon. I typically roast a chicken every other week or so, so I’ll definitely try this the next time! Thanks for sharing.

  22. I’d repeat Anna’s question – could you use boneless chicken parts? I’d be thinking about boneless chicken “legs”.

    Also, do you leave the chicken skin on? I does change the taste a lot and the chicken fillets usually don’t have those.

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Ola. Lisa suggests bone in chicken. If you try it without, let us know how it turns out. And, yes, keep the skin on. ~Amy

  23. Chicken, lemon, garlic and rosemary is a mix made in heaven. In reply to Anna’s comment I often do chicken breasts marinated in lemon, garlic, rosemary and olive oil for an hour or so then pan-fried – delicious – and no bones. Must try this recipe with the cauliflower though!

    1. I don’t have a braising pot, but as long as you still put it in the oven (uncovered) I don’t see why that wouldn’t work instead of a roasting pan.

    1. Chanda – I think if you did it in your crock pot the cauliflower would turn into mush. What you could do is cook the chicken on high for 3 hours and try adding the cauliflower for one more hour. Let me know how it turns out!

  24. I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Caribbean when I was first introduced to chicken back. Many West Indian dishes use the back and neck primarily and it’s generally preferred over the “flesh” as Grenadians called it. Up until that point I never thought about eating chicken back and on the whole it’s not too bad. :) Chicken back or not, this looks delicious!

  25. Sounds delicious! We are not big fans of chicken with the bones in. Could chicken breasts be substituted successfully in this recipe?

    1. Anna, until about two months ago, I would never DREAM of buying any meat with the bones in with the exception of my Thanksgiving turkey. The very thought of it was too much. I didn’t even like to eat at a table where someone else had bones! (I know, bad right?!)

      Then I decided to buy a whole organic chicken because I kept reading about Lisa being able to make it in the crock pot and then make all this chicken broth. Honestly, the taste of the chicken is so much more flavorful when cooked as a whole. It sounds weird and I was shocked, but it really does taste better. I still can’t put the meat with bones on the table. I carve the chicken onto a serving plate, but I can’t believe I buy it this way now. Think about just trying it once. It’s so yummy!

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