Roast Lemon and Thyme Chicken

Roast Lemon and Thyme Chicken

In general Filipinos love dishes that are sour or with a hint of it. The sourness of flavours in our dishes makes you feel that what you’re eating is light, and that helps specially knowing some of the known Filipino dishes are oily or contains large chunks of meats. The sour taste cleanses you palate as you eat which in effect does not leave any trail or evidence of what you had just swallowed only that tangy sour feeling. This is why Siningang dishes will always top the list a Filipinos favourite food, its sour, it’s warming, it’s so good with rice. We also love vinegar as a dip in grilled meats or even snacks like chicharon, even our most of our salads have that sour note like eggplant salad and ensaladang mangga. So for this post we will be making some roast chicken designed for the Filipino palate, a lemon and thyme flavoured roast.

How about you do you love sour dishes?


6 chicken thighs
2 lemons, quartered
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 tbsp chopped thyme
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp lemon zest
1/2 cup dry white wine
freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a bowl mix together butter, thyme, lemon zest, juice from 2 lemons and garlic. Set aside.
  2. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper.
  3. Place chicken in a baking pan, tuck the squeezed and quartered lemons in between chicken pieces, pour butter mixture and wine on top.
  4. Roast chicken in a 200C preheated oven for 50 minutes, turning to the other side on the 20th minute and turning once again on the 40th minute.
  5. Remove from oven, and then serve.


14 Responses

  1. kiwidutch says:

    I love a hint of sour so this recipe sounds like heaven to me, but Himself is not a fan in any way shape or form. He struggles with even the humble lemon. This restricts my options but I do sneak in sweet/sour or something with sour into our menu occasionally.

  2. What a wonderful take on roast chicken portions – so tasty especially with the lemon zest too.
    🙂 Mandy

  3. Simply oozing with taste, like that lovely light browning of the chicken.

  4. Judy says:

    Simple, clean flavors, always good with chicken. I agree, it does give the impression of a light meal.

  5. I would’ve guessed, if asked, a different nationality for that dish. Not sure which one. So once again you’ve taught me something! I love the use of lemon in the dish. Looks just wonderful.

  6. Reem says:

    Wonderfully simple and fresh flavors!!! Looks awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  7. looks attractive and i wanna taste this dish !!!

  8. Meri says:

    I do love sour flavor in dishes, and I DEFINITELY love thyme!

  9. This looks and sounds really good, Raymund! 🙂 I’ll have to try making chicken like this some time. 🙂

    My husband makes an eggplant salad (a bit different than yours) which I only like if he goes really easy on the vinegar.

    I like some sour dishes, but I prefer more lemon or lime….not such a huge fan of vinegar. My favorite “sour” dish is called “Sarma” which is made with sour cabbage leaves and stuffed with meat and/or vegetables. The cabbage leaves are soured in vinegar but they’re not too sour because they get rinsed off with water. But it’s still somewhat sour…but perfectly so. 🙂

  10. This roast lemon and thyme chicken looks absolutely delicious. I love new chicken recipes that I can make.

  11. bakingdevils says:

    I could eat this right now, that chicken looks so delicious! I love sour flavours in my food too and I love to roast a whole chicken with a lemon cut in half and put inside the cavity. Lemon and chicken are a marriage made in heaven and Tarragon is also a nice herb to go with it. Just seen your ribs post! They are to die for, that’s a recipe I ‘m going to try very soon! Thanks for sharing. Jenny

  12. Farida says:

    wonderful recipe and that looks so delicious, wanna to make it soon

  13. Sissi says:

    As I get older I appreciate the sour taste more and more… I must say love it especially in desserts and alcohol cocktails, but this chicken looks like something I might really enjoy!

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