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Herb Roasted Lemon Chicken

This is a take on the popular Moroccan dish – lemon and olive chicken tagine. There is actually a recipe for this in my Moroccan cooking box that includes preserved lemons. This version uses regular lemons and is a recipe I saw on Netflix’s “Paleo Way” which I highly recommend watching.

I switched up the spices in the marinade a little from the show. I LOVE Ras El Hanout, so I used that. It truly is the QUEEN of all spices. The blend I use (for sale in my shop) uses 21 different herbs, spices and florals to create a rounded, subtle flavor profile that pairs extremely well with chicken. I also love all the health benefits I get from the spice blend – antioxidants, blood sugar reducers, and anti-inflammatories to name a few.

This recipe is pretty easy to make. You need a whole chicken – wash it and pat it dry with some paper towels.

Make the marinade with a handful each of chopped cilantro and flat Italian parsley. Add in 6-8 chopped mint leaves, 2-3 minced garlic cloves, and 2 heaping tsp of Ras El Hanout. Blend it all with 2 tbsp. of olive oil, salt, pepper and juice from one lemon. Slather the marinade all over your chicken.


Place the chicken in your roasting pan and stuff it with halved lemons. Add 1 cup of chicken stock to the pan. Add 10-20 Kalamata olives, 2 quartered onions, 1 cup of chopped butternut squash and 4 chopped dried dates to the pan.

Bake at 350 degrees until done (timing completely depends on the size of your chicken!) Enjoy!!

Herb Roasted Lemon Chicken
  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 handful chopped cilantro
  • 1 handful chopped flat Italian parsley
  • 6-8 chopped mint leaves
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 heaping tsp Ras El Hanout spice blend
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • juice from one lemon
  • 2 lemons halved
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 10-20 kalamata olives
  • 1 cup butternut squash
  • 2 onions quartered
  • 4 chopped dates
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Wash and pat dry chicken.

  3. Mix together ingredients cilantro through lemon juice to create a marinade.

  4. Slather marinade all over the chicken.

  5. Place chicken in a roasting pan.

  6. Stuff chicken with lemon halves.

  7. Optional - toss onions and squash in a little olive oil with salt and pepper

  8. Place remaining ingredients in the pan.

  9. Bake in oven until chicken cooked through.