Easy Peasy Chicken Dinner!

Cooked Easy Peasy Chicken

When I had my baby girl a couple months ago, I had a dear friend who made it her job to make sure that I had meals brought to my house for 3 weeks! It was the most amazing present anyone has ever given me! It gave me more time to sit and snuggle my newest love muffin while my husband ran our other kids to various sports activities.

I found out she was in need this past Sunday and I wanted to bring her dinner as a small thank you for what she had done. I told her I’d bring her dinner the next night not really knowing what I had planned to make just yet.

As luck would have it, that next day was CRAZY busy and I realized at lunchtime that I still didn’t know what I was going to bring her!

I wanted her to feel like I really slaved away and put some love into a nice home cooked meal… I just don’t have time for that with 4 kids. So, fake it, till you make it!

Let me tell you, if you want some good home eats with no effort at all, this is the meal for you!

Easy Peasy Chicken Dinner


  • Organic whole chicken (for our family of 6 we get a 4 lbs chicken)
  • 2 lemons
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • Organic butter, Ghee or olive oil (about 4 Tbsp of either one)
  • Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper
  • Optional fresh rosemary to place on top

Easy Peasy Chicken

1.Pre-heat your oven to 450 F.

2.Make sure when you buy your chicken that you ask the butcher to remove the giblets from the inside, they usually will do it for free.  (Ain’t nobody got time for that!)

Easy Peasy Chicken

3.Generously salt and pepper the little guy. Then squeeze an entire lemon all over the chicken. Take the remaining lemon and cut it up. Place them on top of the chicken and stuff the rest inside the chicken cavity.

Cutting Up Garlic for Easy Peasy Chicken

4.Drizzle olive oil, butter or organic ghee over the chicken. Then rub the garlic over the top.

Easy Peasy Chicken

5.Ready for the oven, and ready for your house to smell like you’ve been slaving away all day! Now how easy was that?????

Pop the sucker into the oven at 450 F. Let it cook for about 20 mins, then reduce the heat to 400 F for another 55 mins. The chicken is ready once the juices run clear, or it reaches 165 F in the thickest part of the thigh.

The lemon will burn on the top of the chicken but it’s easily taken off at the end and I think it adds a nice flavor!

Cooked Easy Peasy Chicken

I had made some garlic butter rice the night before so I just warmed some up and put it alongside the chicken.

Garden Salad

I had a ton of lettuce in my fridge so I just whipped together a quick salad and called it good!

My Best Cooking Buddy

Baby girl was my helper in the kitchen! Good thing we weren’t in there too long! (Just long enough for her to throw a million yogurt bites all over the floor!)

Give it a try!

Hopefully you’ll love this recipe as much as we do!



Cristina is a mom, blogger and whole foods lover. Her family, organization, fashion, photography and a good ol’ meal plan make her world go round!


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11 Responses to Easy Peasy Chicken Dinner!

  1. Kristi says:

    Looks delish! So sweet of your friend to set up three weeks worth of meals!!! Sending me good healthy food is definitely my love language! Would love to check out your blog. Can you tell me where it is?

  2. Cristina Anderson says:

    Hi Kristi! You can check out our blog at frankieandrue.com

  3. Meg says:

    Great dinner idea to deliver someone! I’ve been trying to decide on a good option for a friend that just had a baby. Do you think I could cook 2 chickens at the same time or would I need to adjust the cooking times?

    • Desi says:

      Thanks Meg! You would not need to adjust the cooking time with two chickens. If they both fit on the same rack, you would just continue as is. If the don’t fit, you will need to stagger them, and then switch positions half way through.

  4. Rachel Nielson says:

    Is there an easy way to print recipes from your blog? Am I blind? I can’t see the button!


  5. Rachel Nielson says:

    What should I cook this in? Does a glass casserole dish work? Corningware? It looks like a pottery casserole dish in the photo, but I don’t have one of those. Sorry, I don’t know much about cooking but I am trying to learn!

  6. Teresa says:

    Did you put any liquid in the baking dish?

  7. Petra Douma says:

    Should the chicken be covered or uncovered?

  8. Libby Sanders says:

    Looks delicious

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