Rosemary Chicken

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Rosemary Chicken is made simply with fresh rosemary, garlic, honey, and lemon juice for a mouth-watering addition to any meal. This delicious flavor packed chicken recipe is ready in just 30 minutes.


In need of an easy and delicious protein to jazz up your weeknight dinners? Well, look no further! Rosemary Chicken is wholesome, easy to make, and bursting with flavor. Made with fresh rosemary, garlic, lemon juice, butter, chicken broth, and honey, this dish has an incredible flavor that tastes great with just about anything.

Because this dish is so versatile, it can be served in a ton of different ways. Serving it for lunch? Slice it up thin and pile it into sandwiches or onto your favorite salads. Preparing it for dinner? Serve it up alongside your favorite veggies and the whole grain of your choice.

Some of my favorite dishes to serve with Rosemary Chicken this time of year include Roasted Green Beans and a bowl of Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes. That being said, the options are seriously endless when it comes to how to serve this healthy chicken recipe.

Make a big batch of this easy chicken to serve with lunches throughout the week or serve it at your next family feast or dinner party. No matter how you serve it, this dish guarantees to impress even the pickiest of eaters.

Skillet rosemary chicken with garlic, lemon, and butter sliced on a plate with a skillet in the background.

Key Ingredients and Easy Swaps

To make this delicious chicken dish, you will need the following key ingredients:

  • Chicken breast: I like to use boneless and skinless chicken breasts to make this dish, but you can use any kind of chicken you like. Thighs and drumsticks work great, too!
  • Rosemary: The sauce you will spoon over the chicken is absolutely delicious and we have rosemary to thank for that. Make sure to use the fresh version for the best flavor! You could swap in fresh thyme or oregano as well.
  • Chicken broth: This serves as the base for this delicious sauce. If you don’t have any, vegetable broth will work well too. You could also swap in white wine.
  • Honey. This is totally optional, but I find that a touch of sweetness really enhances the flavor of the sauce and balances it out for a seriously amazing final dish. Pure maple syrup is another option.
  • Lemon juice: This brightens up the dish and enhances the flavors in the mouth-watering rosemary sauce.
  • Butter: A little butter goes a long way in adding to the richness of this incredible dish. Feel free to swap it out for olive oil or a dairy-free butter, if needed.

Recipe Tips

Here are my top tips and tricks for making the best Rosemary Chicken:

  • Marinate your chicken ahead of time for 30 minutes to an hour (or up to overnight) to maximize on flavor and get extra juicy chicken. You can marinate it right in the sauce or simply marinate it lemon juice, olive oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper.
  • Let your chicken rest. After your chicken is done cooking, let it rest for about 5-10 minutes before cutting into it. This will help to lock in the juices and super delicious and juicy chicken.
  • Don’t overcrowd your chicken. For best results, leave space between your chicken breasts! This will allow them to brown and cook evenly.
  • Switch up the seasoning. If you don’t have fresh rosemary or want to try a different herb, you can swap it out for thyme, basil, or oregano instead.

How to Serve Rosemary Chicken

This healthy chicken dish makes for a quick and easy way to add lean protein to your meals. If you need some inspiration, here are some of my favorite dishes to serve with chicken:

Sliced rosemary chicken breast on a plate with fresh rosemary and a lemon and garlic pan sauce.

Leftover Chicken Storage Tips

Trust me when I say that this Rosemary Chicken is perfect for meal prep. I love making a batch early in the week, then using it later on for salads, sandwiches, and last-minute dinner entrées. If you’re indecisive like me, it’s the perfect choice because you can add it to a ton of different meals.

To store leftovers, simply seal them up in an airtight storage bag or container. Then, store your chicken in one of two ways:

  • In the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
  • In the freezer for up to 4 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about this dish:

Chicken is a wonderful source of healthy protein. It’s low in calories, carbs, and fat, yet super high in protein and nutrients. When paired alongside healthy dishes like salads and whole grains, this is an incredibly healthy dish to add to your weekly rotation.

To keep chicken from drying out, brine your chicken in salt water for about 20-30 minutes. Not only will this enhance the flavor, but it will help you make the juiciest chicken you’ve ever had.

For super tender chicken, you might want to cover your chicken breasts while they’re in the oven. If you are looking for a crispier chicken, however, then there’s no need. A lid will help lock in the steam and moisture, so it really depends on whether you’re going for soft and tender all the way through or crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Chicken breast with rosemary in a garlic, lemon, and butter pan sauce in a skillet.
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Rosemary Chicken

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  • 1.33 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, minced (leaves only)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp honey (optional)
  • 1 tbsp melted butter

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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Make sure the chicken breasts are a similar thickness, if needed slightly pound the chicken in the thickest part.

Chicken breast being seasoned with salt and pepper.

In a small bowl. combine the rosemary, garlic, chicken broth, lemon juice, melted butter, and honey.

Garlic, rosemary, honey, lemon juice, and chicken broth being stirred together in a bowl.

Heat the olive oil over medium-high in a heavy, oven are skillet. Sear the chicken for 2-3 minutes on each side, until browned.

Chicken breast searing in a pan.

Pour the sauce over the chicken. Place the skillet in the oven. Cook for 14-18 minutes (depending on thickness) until the chicken reaches 165 degrees. Halfway through cooking, open the oven and baste the chicken with sauce. Serve with extra lemon slices.

Chicken being cooked in a rosemary pan sauce in a cast iron skillet.
Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 6 oz.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 223
Calories from Fat 44
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
Saturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 74mg
Sodium 645mg
Total Carbohydrate 2g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Protein 32g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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Mark Fox
October 18, 2022 - 14:14
What is the chicken marinated in?
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October 18, 2022 - 15:58
For extra flavor, you can marinate it in the sauce before cooking. Even 15 minutes will boost the flavor and help tenderize the chicken.
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