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Roasted Garlic, Lemon, and Herb Sauce

Roasted Garlic, Lemon, and Herb Sauce

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Makes about 1/3 cup Servings


  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh chives, divided
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Recipe Preparation

  • Cut 1/2" off top of garlic and drizzle with oil. Wrap in foil and roast until tender, about 45 minutes. Unwrap garlic and let cool.

  • Squeeze garlic cloves into a medium bowl and mash with the back of a spoon to a smooth paste. Stir in lemon juice, 1 tsp. chives, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Add baked chicken wings [link] and toss to evenly coat. Sprinkle remaining 1 tsp. chives over.

Recipe by The Bon Appétit Test KitchenReviews Section

Weeknight Roast Chicken with Garlic and Herb Butter Sauce

So you think you can’t have a deliciously juicy, crispy-skinned whole chicken on your dinner table on a Wednesday. Hello, have we met? This weeknight roast chicken with garlic and herb butter sauce is about to save the day. Roasted chicken doesn’t have to be a weekend or even Sunday dinner kinda thing. I roast birds all week long, and they’re always succulent and quickly done.

Removing the backbone (aka spatchcocking) allows you to lay the bird flat in an even layer, which helps it cook evenly and much faster. High-roasting it helps get that skin cracker crisp, so much so that the meat underneath it has no choice but to baste in its own fat — which helps it stay juicy.

At the end of the day, roasted chicken is my favorite thing to cook and eat. It’s incredibly comforting, and it really does hug my entire soul. When I was younger, roasted chicken was something we only ate on the weekends because it just took too much time to cook. But screw all that, as I said before, you can have a yummy roast chicken on a weeknight. No excuses. About twenty minutes into the cooking time, you’re going to be punched in the face with the awakening of those heavenly aromas as the fat starts to render and hit the hot baking sheet. It’s heavenly. I swear they need to make a roast chicken candle.

How to Roast A Chicken In (about) an Hour

Watch the video on how to do this on Youtube.

  • Size (in this case) matters. Try to get a chicken between three and four’ish pounds. Anything larger than that will take longer — which is fine if you have the time. Also, if you do get a bird over 5 pounds, I’d suggest lowering the temperature to 400 degrees F.
  • Make sure the skin is dry. Use paper towels to blot away excess moisture from the surface of the chicken. Moisture will make it a little harder to achieve that coveted crispy skin.
  • Use kosher salt to season the skin. I prefer Diamond Crystal’s or David’s brand over Morton’s. Morton’s kosher salt is a little to…pebble’like for my tastes.
  • Olive oil or avocado oil work great to “oven-fry” the skin, which also helps it get super crispy along with the flaky kosher salt. You can use butter to slather the skin, but understand that the water content in butter will prevent the skin from crisping up. If you don’t care about crispy skin, feel free to slather that bird in the best grass-fed butter you can find. You can also use ghee or duck fat! Don’t use those “butter-like” spreads you find in tubs…they’re not ideal at all here.
  • Gently loosen the skin from the flesh so that you can massage some seasoning between the skin and flesh. Optional, but ideal. You can season the chicken with whatever you prefer! Just avoid getting anything other than salt and pepper on the skin, because I promise you it will burn and turn bitter. Don’t do it. If you accidentally get any seasoning other than salt and pepper on the skin, just wipe it away before you roast it. Even pepper burns in a 425-degree oven, but as I mentioned in my video — I don’t care lol. I like the way it looks. I don’t always add black pepper to the skin, though.
  • Oven position matters! Make sure your bird is in the center of your oven, no matter what temperature you roast it at. If it’s too low, the bottom of the bird will cook too fast, and if it’s too high, the skin will darken too quickly.
  • Removing the backbone of the bird is what allows it to cook faster and more evenly. If you don’t have the tools to remove the backbone, just know that you can roast it whole but it’ll take just a little longer.
  • Use an instant-read thermometer to take the internal temperature of the meat so that you don’t over or undercook the bird.
  • Don’t tent the chicken while it rests. The condensation will cause the crispy skin to sog up.

That sauce tho…

When you make this intensely flavored garlic and herb butter sauce, just know that you can use whatever you have! You don’t necessarily have to use every single herb I used. I just always have herbs lying around, because duh…I’m obsessed. This garlic and herb butter sauce is based in white wine. You can use chicken stock instead of wine. This sauce comes together rather quickly, so don’t make it too soon. Wait until the last 5-10 minutes of the chicken’s cooking time, or do it while the bird rests out of the oven.

But yo, this sauce is so damn good!! It’s like, simple but complex at the same time. It goes great with any protein, honestly. The way it just clings and coats the chicken is sexy AF, you’re gonna love this one. The addition of heavy cream is totally optional. I really just love the extra richness it gives. It also helps prevent the sauce from breaking (which isn’t a deal-breaker at all, but still).

Check out these other chicken recipes:

Enjoy, babes. And don’t let a whole chicken intimidate you on a Thursday.

How to Make It

Combine oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. Combine butternut squash, parsnips, Brussels sprouts, and potatoes in a large bowl. Add oil mixture, garlic, and sliced lemon to vegetables toss to coat.

Spread vegetable mixture in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 450°F for 35 minutes or until browned and tender, stirring gently with a spatula after 25 minutes. Remove pan from oven. Sprinkle vegetables with parsley, chives, dill, lemon zest strips, and lemon juice toss.

How Do You Make the Best Roast Chicken?

Roasting a whole chicken is not at all difficult to master, so don't let it intimidate you.

The perfect roast chicken is as easy as:

  1. Buy a chicken—any size will do! If you’re not sure how much to buy, just ask the butcher for advice.
  2. Prepare your bird by removing any leftover bits in the cavity.
  3. Season the chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  4. Bake the chicken in a preheated oven. Roasting a whole chicken in the oven doesn’t take terribly long, but the cook time does depend on how large your bird is.
  5. Turn the chicken’s pan drippings into the most fabulous “gravy” by adding a few simple ingredients, including our favorite. BUTTER.

How To Make Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken Legs

  1. Marinate the chicken legs: In a large ziploc bag add the chicken legs, melted butter, olive oil, oregano, paprika, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Close the ziploc bag and toss everything together well. Place the ziploc bag in the fridge and marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes up to 24 hours.
  2. Preheat your oven: to 450 F degrees.
  3. Finish the dish: Transfer the chicken legs to a large casserole dish and place the lemon slices in between the legs. Bake uncovered for 30 to 35 minutes or until legs are golden brown and cooked through. Finally. garnish with fresh thyme and serve warm.


    A moist and flaky cod fillet topped with a slice of lemon tarragon butter at serving. The butter melts and self-bastes the fillet as a finishing touch adding a delicious flavor to the cod. This is a great dinner idea with minimum fuss and maximum flavor. This vibrant, red-fleshed Broiled Copper River King salmon! A rich, succulent, melt-in your mouth delicious entrée. A simple briny soak keeps the flesh firm, moist and beautiful. Sablefish&hellip.a delicate, fatty fish and the sweetness of the saki-miso marinade. The wasabi emulsion is a perfect balance for this rich sablefish.

Skillet-Roasted Chicken Breasts in Lemon Sauce

I found a recipe on America’s Test Kitchen that looked perfect to use up the chicken breasts in my refrigerator. I liked that the chicken had a quick brine and I thought the lemon sauce sounded simple and delicious. I adapted the recipe to work with what I had on hand and I also used less chicken than the original recipe called for but kept the same amount of sauce because we like saucy chicken. The house smelled incredible while the chicken roasted and it turned out tender, juicy, and flavorful. This skillet-roasted chicken in lemon sauce was served with crusty bread, basmati rice, and roasted asparagus for a healthy and delicious meal that my entire family enjoyed.

How to Make Skillet-Roasted Chicken Breasts in Lemon Sauce

Dissolve the 1/4 cup of salt into a quart (four cups) of cold water in a large bowl. Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes. Remove the chicken from the brine and pat dry with paper towels.

Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. Place the rack in the center of the oven.

Heat the olive oil in an OVEN SAFE skillet over medium-high heat. Season both sides of the chicken with freshly cracked pepper, dried oregano, and garlic powder, to taste. Place the chicken skin side down in the HOT skillet and cook until skin is golden brown and crisp, about 8-10 minutes. Transfer breasts to a large plate.

Pour off any excess fat in the skillet then return to the heat. Add the butter, shallot, and garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30-45 seconds. Sprinkle the flour evenly over the mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until flour is lightly browned, about 1-2 minutes. Slowly add the broth and lemon juice, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet, and bring to a simmer. Cook for 2-3 minutes to thicken and reduce the sauce a bit. Add 2 teaspoons of lemon zest and remove the skillet from the heat stir until well combined. Return chicken skin side UP (skin should be above the surface of the liquid), and any chicken juices from the plate to the skillet and transfer to the oven. Cook, uncovered until the breasts register 160 degrees, 10-12 minutes.

While the chicken cooks, chop the parsley and one teaspoon of lemon zest together until finely minced and well combined.

Remove skillet from the oven and let the chicken stand for 5 minutes. Transfer chicken to a serving platter.

Whisk the pan sauce, incorporating any browned bits from the sides & bottom of the pan, until smooth, about 30 seconds. Whisk half of the parsley-zest mixture into the sauce. Taste & season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, if needed.

Slice the chicken breast then sprinkle the remaining half of the parsley-zest mixture over the sliced chicken. Serve sauce on the side. Enjoy.

What makes this trout recipe work:

  • The ingredient list for this trout recipe is short and simple.
  • The trout itself is such a delicate fish with a great flavor, it doesn’t need too many ingredients or special technique to enhance it. So, just cook it in a large skillet on stove top with olive oil and butter, garlic, butter, lemon juice, white wine, fresh parsley.
  • The cooking times are short since trout fillets are usually pretty thin. This trout recipe takes only 30 minutes from start to finish.

I have also made this recipe using the type of fish I’ve never cooked with before – Arctic Char. Arctic Char looks very similar to trout, and it’s closely related to both salmon and trout. Therefore, this recipe will also work with salmon and arctic char. Very easy and versatile!

Lemon Herb Margherita Pizza in 30 Minutes

We are all pizza lovers in this house and a lovers of all things lemon. No meal could be better than to bring those loves together. Well except a 30 Minute Lemon Herb Margherita Pizza made with a marinara sauce that is made in your FREE Vitamix Blender. Have you entered? <>

Tender garlic and herb pizza dough topped with a fabulous marinara sauce, fresh mozzarella and basil is then sprinkled with lemon zest. Seriously, serve with extra lemon zest.

I am sure you are familiar with the traditional Italian Margherita pizza invented in Naples, Italy. It is a superb pizza crust with marinara sauce, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil leaves. It features the colors of the Italian flag and was named after Queen Margherita in the 1800's.

Chad and I are crazy for this pizza. It sparked some ideas for more pizzas, so you may see them in the coming weeks.

Munchkin, Chad and I are so happy to be recipe testing pizzas to share with you. It is a tough job, but one we are so happy to have.

With love from our simple kitchen to yours.

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Lemon Herb Margherita Pizza


  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 package)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 cup warm water (110°F - 120°F)
  • 2 1/2 - 3 cups bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil + extra
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder + more for dusting pizza
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • Cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 10 basil leaves
  • Zest of 1 lemon


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Prepare a pizza pan by lightly brushing with olive oil and sprinkling with cornmeal. Set aside.
  2. Add water to stand mixer bowl fitted with a dough hook. Sprinkle in yeast and sugar. Swirl to combine. Allow to sit for 10 minutes while yeast blooms (it will be fragrant).
  3. Meanwhile, you can prepare ingredients.
  4. Turn mixer to low. Add flour, salt, oil, Italian seasoning, rosemary and 1 teaspoon garlic powder. Mix on medium until combined.
  5. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Roll dough into a round or oval pizza crust. Transfer to prepared pan.
  6. Lightly brush crust with olive oil and sparsely sprinkle with garlic powder. Spread marinara over the center of the crust.
  7. Scatter mozzarella slices over the sauce. Then sprinkle with basil and lemon zest. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

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How to Make It

Sprinkle fillets with pepper and 3/4 teaspoon salt let stand 20 minutes.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add lemons, cut sides down, and cook until lightly charred, about 5 minutes. Add olive oil, and place fillets, skin sides down, in skillet with lemon. Cook, undisturbed, until sides of skin begin to brown and fish is almost fully opaque, 5 to 7 minutes.

When the fillets appear to be approximately 90% cooked through, gently shake skillet. When cooked with patience, the fish will release itself from the pan, allowing you to flip the fillets without sticking. Flip fillets, and cook 1 minute. Transfer fish and lemons to plates. Cut each lemon half into 2 wedges. Wipe skillet clean.

Reduce heat to medium-low, and add wine, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and butter. As butter melts, whisk to emulsify mixture. Spoon sauce over fillets. Sprinkle with parsley, and serve with a charred lemon wedge.


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