Spring Chicken with Lemon and Thyme Recipe

Spring chicken roasted with lemon and thyme on a bed of vegetables

Spring Chicken with Lemon and Thyme Recipe

Nothing beats the comforting and familiar flavors of a roasted chicken. This recipe for spring chickens roasted with lemon and thyme takes a classic dish to the next level with its bright, zesty flavors.



  • 2 spring chickens (1.5 lbs each)
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 lemons, zested and juiced
  • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the minced garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, fresh thyme, salt, pepper, and olive oil.
  3. Place the spring chickens in a large roasting pan.
  4. Rub the lemon and thyme mixture all over the chickens, making sure to get it into all the nooks and crannies.
  5. Roast the chickens for 30 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 375°F (190°C) and continue roasting for an additional 30 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F (74°C).
  6. Remove the chickens from the oven and let them rest for 10 minutes before serving.

This spring chicken with lemon and thyme recipe is a simple, yet flavorful meal that's sure to please. The juicy, tender chicken is roasted to perfection and paired with bright, zesty flavors for a meal that's sure to become a new weeknight favorite.