Baked Rosemary Chicken

Baked Rosemary Chicken is a delicious, crispy baked chicken recipe with fresh rosemary and garlic that’s ready in less than 45 minutes.

If you’re in a hurry and you want something savory for Dinner, there’s nothing better than baked chicken. You know how much flavor you can easily pack into a chicken dinner if you’ve ever made our Oven Fried Chicken, Oven Baked Chicken and Rice or Baked Chicken Thighs before.

Baked Rosemary Chicken on plate with mashed potatoes and dinner roll

Baked rosemary chicken has a rich, complex flavor that you don’t need a marinade or sauce to create, and you can pair it with any side you want for any occasion. This recipe could quickly become a new family favorite, especially if you have a full schedule.

When you’re trying to get food on the table on a busy weeknight, the last thing you want is a complicated recipe with a million steps. It only takes five minutes to toss together the garlic, rosemary, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and oil with chicken thighs and you’ll have this juicy, flavorful chicken with crispy skin on the table in no time. Your prep work may even be done before your oven is finished preheating.

This chicken recipe has classic flavors that pair well with almost any Side Dish. You can even make it into a classic holiday meal with Slow Cooker Stuffing, which goes really well with all kinds of poultry and seasonings. Serve with Garlic Mashed Potatoes for a delicious creamy garlicky side dish that’s perfectly comforting and easy. Or whip up some Easy Dinner Rolls and Roasted Broccoli to round out the meal.

How to Make Baked Rosemary Chicken

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Mix chicken thighs, fresh chopped rosemary, salt, pepper, minced garlic cloves, lemon juice, and vegetable oil all together and place chicken, skin side up in a 9×13 baking pan.
  • Roast for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
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What to Serve with Rosemary Chicken

Frequently Asked Questions

Why use bone-in chicken thighs instead of boneless?

Roasting chicken pieces with bone and skin will ensure a more flavorful and juicy result. The bone keeps the chicken from drying out, and the skin becomes like a crispy layer to lock in the juices. If you prefer to make boneless skinless chicken thighs, reduce the cooking time by 5-10 minutes and check the temperature to make sure it is 165 degrees inside.

When is chicken safe to eat?

According to the USDA’s website, chicken is safe to eat when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F (73.8 degrees C). The best way to tell is to use an internal thermometer. If you don’t have a thermometer, cut into a piece to make sure the meat is no longer pink and the juices run clear.

Can I roast other meats using this method?

Yes! You can use different cuts of chicken like breasts or legs, simply adjust the cooking time accordingly. This method would also be delicious for bone-in pork chops, which should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees. Or try the same flavors with salmon filets and roast at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

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Key Ingredients in Baked Rosemary Chicken

  • Chicken: We use bone-in, skin on chicken thighs to produce the most flavorful baked chicken. If you prefer to use other cuts like breasts or legs, we still suggest bone-in and skin on for this roasting method. 
  • Rosemary: Fresh rosemary provides an herby, almost piny flavor that tastes excellent with chicken. If you don’t have fresh herbs, you can substitute 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped herbs for 1 teaspoon dried herbs.
  • Garlic: Garlic adds a ton of aromatic flavor that enhances the seasonings in this Baked Rosemary Chicken Recipe.
  • Lemon: Always use fresh squeezed lemon juice for cooking, rather than the bottled variety. The preservatives added to bottled juice will not tasted good in the baked chicken. 
  • Oil: Vegetable oil is a mild tasting oil that can withstand roasting at high temperatures, and the flavor will not interfere with the food. For this recipe you could also use olive oil, sunflower oil, or grape seed oil if that’s what you have on hand.

Air Fryer Rosemary Chicken

You can make crispy Rosemary Chicken even faster in your air fryer! Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees while you prep the chicken thighs, then roast skin side down for 10 minutes. Flip and roast for an additional 10 minutes and check for doneness and desired crispiness.

Can Baked Rosemary Chicken be Made Ahead?

To make this Baked Chicken recipe even easier for a busy weeknight, you can prep the chicken in your baking dish in advance and pop it into the oven 30 minutes before you are ready to eat. Just be sure to remove the baking dish from the refrigerator 15-20 minutes prior to baking so the dish does not crack, or use a durable metal sheet pan instead. You can also fully cook the chicken up to 3 days in advance to enjoy for lunches with salads, shredded into soups or diced into a chicken salad sandwich.

Variations on Baked Rosemary Chicken

  • Seasoning: Add a sprinkling of paprika to the chicken to add a slightly smokey flavor that also helps the skin brown beautifully. Dust the top with red pepper flakes when you serve up the chicken to add a little crunch and spice. 
  • Lemon: Squeeze fresh lemon juice onto the chicken right when it comes out of the oven. Lemon rosemary chicken is zesty and delicious, and you don’t have to do very much to change the flavor. You can also sprinkle some of the zested lemon peel on your finished chicken for extra garnish and flavor.
  • Italian Seasoning: If you add a dash of Italian seasoning into your spice blend, you can make an entirely new-tasting dinner to enjoy. This works great, especially if you love the original recipe but want something a little different.
  • Poultry Herbs: Some grocery produce aisles have a blend of fresh herbs such as sage, marjoram, thyme and rosemary sold in bundles perfect for using on chicken. Chop a combination of these herbs for even more fresh flavor.
  • Southern-style: Rub your chicken with cayenne pepper, garlic salt, ground black pepper, chili powder, celery salt and ground mustard to make chicken that tastes like it came right from the American South.
  • Parmesan: Add 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese to the spice mixture to give the Baked Rosemary Chicken a delicious cheesy coating.
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Ideas for Different Cuts of Chicken

  • Breasts: You can cut them into tenders or nuggets, flatten them with a meat hammer,  put them in soup, bake them, roast them or fry them. There isn’t a whole lot that you can’t cook with chicken breasts, since they are low in fat and tender as well.
  • Chicken Thighs: Thighs are a bone-in, dark meat cut that have more flavor and are great for roasting. You can also remove the bone and use thighs in casserole and soup recipes if you want a bit of extra flavor.
  • Wings and Drumsticks: Fry them up to make your own KFC inspired dinner, or roast them in the oven with a thick glaze. These particular cuts of meat are great to eat by hand, and they tend to be pretty cheap at the supermarket.
  • Whole: A whole chicken is great for roasting Rotisserie Style, or for cutting up and making into a soup, stock and all.
  • Ground: replace ground beef with ground chicken if you’re watching your cholesterol or trying to eat lighter recipes.

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How to Store Baked Rosemary Chicken

  • Serve: You shouldn’t leave cooked meat out for longer than 2 hours.
  • Store: Your leftovers will be good in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Freeze: In an airtight container, you can freeze baked chicken for up to 4 months.
Baked Rosemary Chicken on plate with mashed potatoes and dinner roll

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Baked Rosemary Chicken

Baked Rosemary Chicken is a delicious, crispy baked chicken recipe with fresh rosemary and garlic that's ready in less than 45 minutes.
Yield 5 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 5 chicken thighs , bone in and skin on
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary , chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic , chopped
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Mix all the ingredients together and place chicken, skin side up in a 9×13 baking pan.
  • Roast for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.

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Nutrition

Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 566mg | Potassium: 284mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.9mg
Keyword: Baked Rosemary Chicken, Rosemary Chicken
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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. This is really good! I made it with 3 small boneless skinless chicken breasts & it came out great. Super easy to make, & it’s kind of an elegant dish. I’m going to serve it with yellow rice & a salad.

  2. When you print the recipe the oven temperature does not show as step one. I don’t know if you can fix that.

  3. So easy and flavorful! Even better the next day. Great recipe to serve to family and mom on Keto diet.

  4. I have a weakness for rosemary and chicken together so when I saw this recipe I just had to make it and let me tell you, it was so so good!