Easy Chicken Recipes – Herb and Citrus Oven Roasted Chicken Parts Recipe

by Sugar on March 10, 2013 · 37 comments

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This easy and delicious chicken recipe – Herb and Citrus Oven Roasted Chicken Parts – is so fresh tasting it will make any day seem sunny. I season it with lemon and orange juice and fresh herbs like rosemary and thyme so it’s bursting with a citrus flavor that complements the chicken so well.

You can even get creative with this and follow some of the suggestions I make in my cooks notes below. If you have extra time try marinating the chicken over night. Please watch how I make this delicious recipe in the video below. You’ll find complete recipe instructions under the video.

Serves 8-10 people


  • 10-12 pieces of bone in chicken parts (thighs and legs work well)
  • 2 whole lemons, one juiced and one sliced
  • 2 whole oranges, one juiced and one sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary, or fresh chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, or fresh chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chopped fresh parsley or cilantro as a garnish


In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, sugar, chopped garlic, lemon juice, orange juice, and a good sprinkle of salt and pepper. Place chicken in a rimmed 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.  Pour olive oil mixture all over chicken turning pieces in pan to coat all sides.

Place parts skin side up and spread them out evenly in the pan. Sprinkle evenly over chicken the Italian seasoning along with the rosemary, thyme, onion powder and paprika. Arrange slices of orange, lemon and onion around and under the chicken.

Sprinkle everything very well with salt and pepper.  Don’t be afraid to season well. You don’t want the chicken to be bland. Let chicken sit for about 20 minutes before baking so that it won’t be ice cold when you put it in the oven.

Bake, uncovered, at 400°F for about 1 hour or until chicken is cooked and juices run clear.

Cook’s Notes:

For best results chicken can be marinated in a plastic container or bag for several hours or over night in the olive oil mixture.

Extra fresh sprigs of rosemary and thyme can be added to the baking dish for extra flavor and garnish.

Other herbs like basil and sage also work well and can be added.

Limes can replace the lemons for a different flavor.

Red pepper flakes can be added for extra spice.

Honey can be used in place of the sugar

A tablespoon of Soy Sauce works well in the olive oil mixture too.

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Bake the chicken, uncovered, for 35 to 40 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink inside.

liv says:

Just finished eating this delicious chicken its YUMMY…Sugar once again thank you for fabulous recipes you cannot imagine how thankful I am!! I’ve been married for a few months and had never cooked in my life and thanks to you I’M COOKING BUT NOT ONLY COOKING COOKING MY FAVORITE FOOD ITALIAN AN ITS EXQUISITE! I CANNOT THANK YOU ENOUGH! I keep sharing your site with fam and friends.

Sugar says:


I wish I could give you a big kiss and a hug for making my day. I love your feedback. XXOO

iulia says:

already in the oven! can’t wait to taste it! what about the juice from the pan after you’ve cooked the chicken? hope you don’t throw it away :) thank you, sugar, for your wonderful recipes!!!

Sugar says:

Hi, don’t be afraid to get creative with this too. You can drizzle some hot sauce, honey or soy sauce on it too half way through the cooking too. No I never get rid of the sauce. I served it over orzo with some parm cheese. So fresh and yummy! Enjoy!

Tina Fiorentino says:

I can’t wait to try this recipe. I’m always looking for easy chicken recipes and this is a good one to make for my kids and grandkids for Sunday dinners. I love getting your recipes.

Sugar says:

Oh I think you will enjoy this. :)

Lisa says:

Hi Arl! You look great! I’m making this right now!! Can’t wait to taste it!! Miss ya!!

Sugar says:


Hi honey. I think you will love it. It’s very light and fresh. If you want a kick add some hot pepper. Or for a sweet flavor a drizzle of honey and some soy sauce is awesome too.

Miss you too. Enjoy!

Sugar says:

Oh I forgot to mention that I used the leftover chicken to make a soup today and it was super great. :)

sonia l landry says:

I love your recipes they are easy to follow and delicious. My favorite so far is Chicken Gloria is soo good. I cook chicken a lot so keep the chicken recipes coming. Thank you

Sugar says:

Sonia, yes the Chicken Gloria is a very rich dish that we just love too. This is much lighter and fresher. If you want a richer flavor with this you can add the butter like I mention in the recipe and a drizzle of heavy cream. Get creative and enjoy it. :)

larry the table guy says:

I going to buy the stuff I need today, I love asian orange chicken, and I use olive oil so much, I just know this is going to be great

Sugar says:

Oh yes I love that asian flavor too. I make this recipe with soy sauce some times too and it comes our wonderful. Try adding the soy to it. You will love it. Enjoy!

Sandra says:

Hi there sugar, Love all your recipes i have tried most of them love that your recipes have video on how to make them made this chicken recipe is a family favorite i am always looking for new recipes thanks a lot :)

Sugar says:

So glad you like them. Do try this one too but be sure to put your own spin on it and add a little extra something. Enjoy!

Chrissie C says:

This recipe looks fantastic!!! I see in the ingredients 3 tablespoons of butter but I don’t see it used in the video. Did I miss something?

Sugar says:

Yes I do use the butter or the olive oil at the end. You see I made a note on the video. If you want a slightly richer flavor the butter is yummy. This is a very light and fresh dish. If you like a little spice or sweet you can add that too with a drizzle of honey and or some hot sauce. Enjoy it. :)

María Pezzarossi says:

Hi, my name and I love Cook and your recipies think are easy thank you very much

Sugar says:

Thank you for the nice comment. Enjoy!

Liz says:

I cant wait to try this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing, you look fabulous!

Sugar says:


Hi, thank you for the sweet feedback. Do try this and let me know how you like it. Be sure to give it your own swist with some spices or herbs you enjoy. Maybe even a drizzle of honey. Enjoy!