Lemon Sugar Roasted Chicken

by Andie Mitchell on January 23, 2012

lemon sugar roasted chicken


lemon sugar roasted chicken


Lemon Sugar Roasted Chicken


  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 bone-in and skin-on split chicken breasts
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 of a small onion, sliced thinly (about half cup)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the lemon zest, juice, garlic, oil, oregano, sugar, salt, and pepper.
  3. Place chicken (skin-side up) in a greased glass baking dish. Arrange the bell pepper, tomato, and onion all around the pieces of chicken. Pour the lemon mixture evenly over the top. Cover dish with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and spoon the pan juices repeatedly over the chicken to moisten.
  4. Bake uncovered, basting every 10 minutes, for about 30 more minutes. Serve chicken and vegetables with all of the pan juices.



{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

johnny January 24, 2012 at 3:05 am

Wow that looks fantastic! Will deffinately try. :)


The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh January 24, 2012 at 4:18 am

I love it when I have all the ingredients on hand for one of your recipes. :-)


Heather (Heather's Dish) January 24, 2012 at 4:59 am



Pom Pom January 24, 2012 at 5:16 am

Hi Andie!
Yummy! It reminds me of a good recipe my mom makes with boneless skinless chicken breasts, swiss cheese, white sauce and white wine, croutons and butter. Delicious!
Don’t you love the color of peppers? Magic!
I hope you have a lovely day with all kinds of smiles and warm hellos.


Kaitie January 24, 2012 at 5:57 am

Those pictures are amazing- I think I could literally taste this amazing creation through them. (Hang on, I need to wipe the drool off my screen…)

Can’t wait to get home and try this!


Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy January 24, 2012 at 6:17 am

Just the smell of roasted chicken is reason enough to make it. I’ve never used sugar but I bet it adds a whole new delicious depth of flavor.


Skye (Skye Loves..) January 24, 2012 at 6:33 am

Scrumtious. Such lovely simple, yet utterly delicious flavours.


Karista January 24, 2012 at 6:57 am

Love this Andie! I’m sharing on my FB page.


Erika - The Teenage Taste January 24, 2012 at 7:05 am

Now this sounds really good! I guess I know what’s for dinner tonight! :-D


susan January 24, 2012 at 7:14 am

this looks so good, I could eat it off the screen!


Biz January 24, 2012 at 7:29 am

Never would have thought to use sugar, but it reminded me of a recent beef stew I made – you take cinnamon and brown sugar and a couple other ingredients and toss the beef stew meat with that mixture – the brown sugar carmelizes on the beef and the flavor is fantastic.


I imagine the sugar in that recipe would do the same trick – thanks for sharing!


Mindy January 24, 2012 at 7:38 am

Double Yum!


raquel January 24, 2012 at 6:01 pm

I think it is about time for me to follow all the recipe that you post on this site, last year I weigh 120 lbs and because of the holiday I become 125 wow I want to lose weight though I am not that fat all I wanted is to maintain my weight according to my height, I stand 5’3 and I think my ideal weight is 115 lbs so I need to drop my weight 10 lbs, and I read about this site and inspire me.


Amanda January 24, 2012 at 6:32 pm

So I saw how you make a roasted chicken for the week and I thought that was a great idea. So naturally I made one (stuffing it was hard…I mean hard because it was grossss) BUT it was really good. However, it didn’t keep very well…
So my question is.. how do you make chicken like this that keeps? How do you store it??


admin January 25, 2012 at 4:10 am

Hey Amanda!
Once the chicken is cool on Sunday, I remove all the skin and pull all the meat off. I generally separate the dark and white meat- mostly because many people in my family have a preference. Then, I put all of the meat in a big seal-able container, cover it, and put it in the fridge. Should last 4 days. I like to take a handful of the meat and add it to salads, toss it with pasta and sauce, just about anything.
Hope this helps:)


Alyson January 25, 2012 at 3:39 am

Love a recipe like this, different ingredients and one pan. BTW, if you want a chance for some Florida sunshine, I am giving away a ponderosa lemon this week!

Alyzabeth’s Mommy


tK January 25, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Oooh, lovely recipe! It’s got my mind whirling with side dish possibilities…


Beth January 29, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Your blog is wonderful, and I’ve been enjoying so much reading about your journey and perusing your pictures and recipes. I’m on a similar trip – older than you (34), but finally got some help for the weight and the pain behind it. I was 296 lbs, am now 203 and going strong.

I hate to sound ungrateful, but may I ask why you seem to no longer include nutritional/caloric info with your recipes? I was SO excited to see that you did, but it seems to no longer be something you do, and I would dearly love to see that back.

Thanks for posting and sharing :)


admin January 31, 2012 at 5:03 am

Hey Beth! First, thank you very much for being so kind :) I understand what you mean about the ease of me posting nutrition information. I guess I just let that fall once I started taking on more responsibilities with the books I’m writing and the blog growing. I’ll consider adding it back, but for the most part, it did take quite a bit of time. I’m so appreciative that you’re here and I absolutely want to make your experience the best it can be. I’ll do my best :)



Deandra Whyte October 28, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Hi! Let me just say that I love your blog! I made this chicken last night for dinner and it was amazing! I am a junior at Howard University and I discovered your blog about a month ago and I have fallen in love! Being a college student and trying to eat healthy let alone “real” food is sometimes hard so your step by step instructions and detail are amazing! Thank You so much!
-Deandra :)


Sarah Boitz February 12, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Looking forward to reading your blog!


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