Ridiculously Juicy Lemon Roast Chicken πŸ— gluten free, keto & paleo

Expect this paleo and keto roast chicken to be ridiculously juicy, bursting with flavor, and very (very!) easy to whip up!

Keto roast chicken with lemon and thyme
Paleo & Keto Roast Chicken With Lemon And Thyme

Lemon & Thyme Keto Roast Chicken πŸ—

Ridiculously Juicy!

Roasting a whole chicken can seem a little intimidating at first; but fact is, that even if you’re living solo, whipping up a whole bird is surely the way to go!

Think only 15 minutes prep time, and the chicken will be good for more than just one meal. i.e. meal prepping supreme!

Plus, buying a whole chicken is a sure way to get more bang for your buck.Β πŸ’Έ

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The Deets

I’ve been very much in love with roasted radishes (i.e. ‘potatoes)Β for a while now, and they’re simply awesome in roast dishes too! They soak up all the juices, making for an incredibly tasty side.

And perhaps one of the most lovable things about radishes is their carb count. We’re talking 1.8g net carbs per 100g serving…! That equates roughly to 0.1g net carbs per medium 1-inch radish. Nuts right?

You’ll also notice that I mix in a teaspoon or two of blackstrap molasses (with a dry white wine or broth) for a killer flavor kick. 1 teaspoon (7g) adds 5g net carbs (depending on your macros, very little effect on carbs/serving). But carbs aside, blackstrap molassesΒ is a nutritional powerhouse rich in vital vitamins and minerals, such as iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and selenium.

But then again, if that’s not your thing just sub in with something such as Lakanto Golden orΒ Sukrin Gold.

Oh, and I’m also rather fond of serving the chicken with the caramelized lemon slices. You see, after the nice and long roast, they take on a killer flavor and caramelize to perfection; becoming completely edible. But if they’re not your thing, simply remove after roasting.

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Paleo & Keto Roast Chicken With Lemon And Thyme
Lemon & Thyme Keto Roasted Chicken πŸ—

Lemon & Thyme Keto Roasted Chicken πŸ—

Course: Main
Cuisine: European, Mediterranean
Keyword: keto, low carb, paleo
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 238 kcal

Expect this paleo and keto roast chicken with lemon and thyme to be ridiculously juicy, bursting with flavor, and very (very!) easy to whip up!

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Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken skin on, 5 to 6 pounds
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper freshly ground
  • 1 medium onion quartered
  • 20 springs thyme
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 8-10 cloves garlic thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 4 medium shallots peeled and quartered lengthwise**
  • 2 bunches medium radishes trimmed and halved
  • 1/4 cup olives optional
  • 1 lemon thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2/3 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons blackstrap molasses or sweetener of choice*

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425Β°F/220Β°C. 

  2. Rinse the chicken inside out and pat dry. If need be, remove any leftover pin feathers. Liberally season with salt and freshly ground black pepper the inside of the chicken. Stuff the cavity with the quartered onion, part of the thyme, and some garlic. Tie the legs together with a kitchen string. 

  3. Pour olive oil onto roasting tray. Spread around the bottom of the pan remaining garlic, shallots, radishes and olives. Place prepared chicken on top and add lemon slices and remaining thyme springs. 

  4. Mix together thoroughly white wine (or broth) and molasses (or sweetener). Pour over 

the chicken and veggies. Season the chicken on the outside liberally with salt and freshly ground black pepper. 

  5. Roast for 1 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear between the leg and thigh. A thermometer inserted near the bone should read at least 165Β°F (75Β°C). β€¨β€¨Cover with aluminum foil, and allow the chicken to rest for 20 minutes prior to slicing and serving. 

  6. Oh, and I'm also rather fond of serving the chicken with the caramelized lemon slices. After the nice and long roasting time, they take on a killer flavor and caramelize to perfection; becoming completely edible. But if they're not your thing, simply remove after roasting. 

Recipe Notes

*If no shallots are at hand, feel free to sub in with red onion.Β 

**Two good sweeteners here areΒ Lakanto Golden orΒ Sukrin Gold.

Please note that nutrition facts were estimated for the entire dish (veggies and all!).Β 

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Nutrition Facts
Lemon & Thyme Keto Roasted Chicken πŸ—
Amount Per Serving
Calories 238 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 148mg 6%
Potassium 327mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 3%
Vitamin C 18.5%
Calcium 3%
Iron 6.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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8 comments

  1. Teri says:

    My family doesn’t like the skin on chicken. So would the flavors get through to the meat or just on the skin of the chicken? For some reason, the baked chickens, in the deli department at grocery stores, is flavored through out the whole chicken. Would love to know how they do this. Thanks!

  2. Zana says:

    Hi Paola, I recently discovered your blog while looking for keto recipes. I made the lemon thyme roasted chicken and it was an instant hit! And so easy to make! We loved it so much that I made it again two days later for lunch guests. I’m going to make your raspberry chia jam next. Thank you πŸ™‚

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