Chicken Lemonato (Greek Chicken with a Lemon Sauce)


Chicken Lemonato (Greek Chicken with a Lemon Sauce)

This dish of chicken in a lemon sauce, chicken lemonato is one of my kids’ most requested meals. It’s easy to rustle up despite looking like it’s made for dinner parties and nothing else. It isn’t, honest.

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I’m vegan so wouldn’t eat this but as always, I like to share family dishes here. This is my Dad’s recipe.

Chicken Lemonato (Greek Chicken with a Lemon Sauce)


1.5 kg of organic/free range chicken ready to cook, cut into 8 pieces.
50g butter
2 tablespoons of virgin olive oil
125 ml water
juice of 3 medium lemons
zest of 1 lemon
2 garlic cloves, crushed (and a few whole, cooked for decoration if you like)
1 tbsp finely chopped flat leaf parsley
1 tbsp finely chopped oregano (or dried if you prefer)
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Over a medium heat, warm the butter and olive oil in a large, heavy based frying pan then place the chicken pieces in and leave for 4-5 minutes until they are golden brown.

Place the chicken in an oven proof dish. Then mix the lemon juice and water with the crushed garlic, lemon zest and herbs and pour over the chicken. Season to taste. Bake the chicken, covered in the sauce for 45-50 minutes until tender, basting every 15 minutes. When cooked, place the chicken on a warm platter, pour the sauce over it and serve with rice and vegetables of your choice.

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20 Responses

  1. James

    Looks fantastic! What a great way to serve chicken. It looks delicious.

  2. Daphne Scholting

    Did you use the zest and juice of 1 lemon. In the list I only read the zest but in the recepy I have to mix the water and the juice.

  3. Regina L. L. Wells

    How fortunate are you to have grown up with a chef and restaurateur for a Dad! I love this recipe, Vicki! It is right up my alley. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Islandmom

    Looks like a wonderfully delicious recipe. The link doesn’t seem to be working to the recipe, however, but I’ll check back and see if I can access it. Great blog; I’ll be checking in often.

  5. sarahhillwheeler

    Looks yummy, usually end up stuffing the whole chicken with garlic, onion and assorted herbs, and will have to give this a go and be more adventurous!

    • honestmum

      @Sarahhillwheeler thank you, ooh we love a whole chicken stuffed with garlic, onion and herbs (and the odd lemon too), let me know if you try this one too!


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