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Easiest Gluten Free Meyer Lemon Roasted Chicken Recipe Ever!

Easiest Gluten Free Roasted Chicken

Have you heard of a Meyer Lemon? Do you happen to know the difference between it and a regular lemon?

Well, apparently, the Meyer Lemon is a cross between a true lemon and a mandarin orange.  It is more golden in color. It is slightly sweeter and not nearly as acidic as a regular lemon.

They are only available in winter through spring. So if you can get your hands on some of these babies, do it. They are a delicious citrus hybrid. A subtle lemon affair in your mouth, without the awful pucker.

I usually pounce on these at the market when I see them. However, if you cannot find them in your neck of the woods, combining the juice of a lemon and a mandarin orange will give you the same effect, for the most part.

I have used these lemons in both savory and sweet dishes. I will share with you, today, a savory concoction involving this mellowed out lemon friend.

One of my favorite kind of meals to make is the kind that I can throw into the oven and forget about for a bit. It gives me time to clean up the dinner prep mess. Help kids with homework. Fold a load of laundry. Sip a glass of wine. Take a bubble bath…(okay, the bubble bath never happens).

And, because in about three short months it is going to be too hot here in Arizona to keep the oven on for long periods of time without heating up the house, I must take advantage of these types of recipes now. As soon as the temperature soars to the one hundred degree mark, my husband officially bans me from pressing that pretty little “Bake” button on my oven.

Instead, he will be insisting on taking full advantage of his fancy new grill that he just built in the backyard.

So, with only six ingredients, this truly is the Easiest Gluten Free Meyer Lemon Roasted Chicken Recipe. It comes together in no time and it is a hands-down kid favorite in our house. It is also perfect if you are dealing with food allergies – it is gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, soy free.

And because the Meyer Lemons add such a nice burst of citrus to the skin and the meat of the chicken, you may just find it really hard to resist eating all of that finger-licking crispy skin.

Meyer Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken

Easiest Meyer Lemon Roasted Chicken Recipe

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free


3 Meyer Lemons (regular lemons mixed with mandarin oranges will also work if Meyer Lemons Not available)

3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (preferably Organic)

1 teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt

3 Garlic Cloves, minced

1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning

4 Chicken Leg Quarters, skin on (preferably Free-Range and Organic)


1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2.  Squeeze the juice from one of your lemons into small bowl.  Add Olive Oil, Sea Salt, Minced Garlic, and Italian Seasoning to bowl and mix together to form a paste.

3.  Slice second lemon into thin rounds. Pat Chicken Leg Quarters dry. Place on prepared baking sheet.

4.  Gently slide fingers under skin of chicken legs and separate from the meat, taking care not to tear the skin. Add a spoonful of the Olive Oil mixture from step 2 under the skin and massage from the outside to spread mixture underneath. Then, slide 1 – 2 sliced lemon rounds under the skin. Repeat on all four of your leg quarters.

5.  Spread remaining Olive Oil mixture evenly over the top of the skin of each Leg Quarter.  Place in preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes.

6.  Remove pan from oven and place 2 slices of the thin lemon rounds on top of each piece of chicken.  Place pan back in oven and continue cooking for 15 – 20 minutes longer, or until internal temperature of meat reaches 170 degrees.

7.  Cut third lemon into wedges and serve as a garnish with the chicken.

Note: This chicken goes especially well with this Vegan Asparagus Leek Risotto from the Gluten-Free Goddess. I add the zest from these lemons to the risotto for a nice garnish and tie-in to the chicken.

This post is linked to:

Slightly Indulgent Tuesday.

Hearth and Soul Hop

Real Food Wednesday

Gluten Free Wednesdays

  1. On March 9, 2011 Zoe said

    Oh, I love Meyer lemons! 🙂 What a great idea to use it with chicken, Kim. I saw some Meyer lemons a while back (a really good deal, too, and they were in netted bags), I know about scooping them up – they go so quickly!

    • On March 10, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Zoe!! The Meyer Lemons really give this a good flavor, but regular lemons totally will work just fine, too!! 😉 I wish these were around longer though! I really like the flavor of them so much better!

  2. On March 9, 2011 Lexie said

    Oh MEYer Lemons … How I love thee. I love recipes that include the word “easy.”



    • On March 10, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hey Lexie! The words “easy” and “dinner” are two things that have to go together in my world. Thanks for the bookmark! 😉

  3. On March 9, 2011 Angie Halten said

    I’ve never heard of a Meyer lemon but I certainly will keep my eyes peeled for them now! I love cooking with lemons and oranges and I’m looking forward to tasting these ones that reduce the “pucker” effect that lemons can give. Thanks for the valuable info!


    • On March 10, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Angie. Not sure if Meyer Lemons are available everywhere, but if you cannot get your hands on them, combining regular lemons with an orange or mandarin will do the trick as well! 😉

  4. On March 9, 2011 Jeanine said

    I’ve never seen a meyer lemon here, but your picture is just beautiful! I’m just happy to find regular lemons on sale. 🙂 And this chicken looks delicious, something that I know my whole family would love.

    • On March 10, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Jeanine! Thanks so much! Living in AZ, we have an abundance of citrus. It is literally dropping off the trees and people leave bags of it in their driveways with big FREE signs. I find that I end up cooking quite a bit with the lemons and oranges, especially at this time of year!

  5. On March 9, 2011 Maggie said

    Beautiful looking lemons! I’m on the lookout – I have a craving for lemon poppyseed loaf so these will be needed! Sounds like your husband his quite the playground at your house 🙂 Lucky boy!

    • On March 10, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Ooh! Maggie, a Meyer Lemon Poppyseed cake would be absolutely heaven!! And yes. My husband has created quite a little playground for himself and the boys here. Good thing he is handy and does most of it himself! LOL

  6. On March 9, 2011 Shirley @ gfe said

    Stunning photos, adorable post, and I want some of that chicken!! Now that I’ve visited you, I can envision your dear hubby in the back grilling. 🙂 It always makes me so sad when it’s too hot to bake. Very, very sad.


    • On March 10, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Shirley, can’t you just picture Kurt out there grilling? I am lucky that he is actually an amazing grill chef. Strangely enough, I can make anything inside the kitchen and make it well, BUT put me in charge of that grill and I am a hopeless wreck. LOL
      And I am so so with you. It is such a sad day when the heat index reaches the “DO NOT TURN YOUR OVEN OR YOU WILL PAY” point.
      Although, the only good thing about that I get to turn some of my dinner duties over to my grill master! ;0)

  7. On March 10, 2011 Priyanka said

    Visiting your blog for the first time…..and loved it instantly. The look of the blog, the pic of your recipe is awesome…. and the recipe…LOVED IT 🙂

    • On March 10, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Priyanka! Welcome and Thank you so much for the kind words about my blog! I am so glad you like it! 😉 Hope to keep seeing you here!

  8. On March 10, 2011 InTolerantChef said

    Love the lemons!

  9. Oh my goodness, my mouth is watering Kim! This is definitely going on my menu plan for next week.

    Can Kurt come over to my house and build me a fancy new outdoor grill? 😀 We’re actually thinking of getting an outdoor wood-fired pizza oven. My thinking is that if we can’t eat out, then you gotta bring the restaurant flair to your house, LOL!

    Now if I can only get my hubby interested in cooking more often!

    Can’t wait to see you tonight!

    • On March 15, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Heidi, I want that wood burning pizza oven. That sounds amazing. Restaurant flair is right – I do not even know why I did not think about that when we were doing our fireplace/grill thing. I guess we will just have to settle for grilled pizzas instead of wood-fired. 🙂
      Miss you! I had such a fun time with you and Mike this weekend. Tell Mike he has earned himself rockstar status after putting up with all of us this weekend!

  10. On March 11, 2011 Alta said

    Oh wow, this looks so lovely. I have a LOT of whole organic chickens in my freezer (Whole Foods had them for like $1.69/lb a while back) and I think I’ll break one down for this recipe. Yum.

    • On March 15, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Alta, I cannot believe your Whole Foods had such a deal on Organic Chickens! $1.69 is an amazing price! I would load my freezer up too if we had them for that price. 😉

  11. On March 11, 2011 Christine said

    This looks really good! My husband and I have a whole free-range chicken to use up and I think I might try expanding this recipe to use on it! Yum!

    • On March 15, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Christine! Thanks so much! I have totally done this on whole chickens before, too. It works perfectly, just takes a tad longer in the oven! When I do it this way, I also stuff the inside cavity with lots of the meyer lemon halves and seasonings and garlic cloves! Hope you enjoy it!

  12. On March 15, 2011 Shu Han said

    Now you’ve got me interested in these new citrus! I recently roasted a poussin (kind of like a teenage chicken) stuffed with mandarin oranges,

    and though I love it, this is definitely something new I woudl liek to try!

    • On March 20, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks Shu Han! I just looked at your poussin with mandarins! Holy Yum!! That looks absolutely delicious! I cannot wait to try it! 😉

  13. On March 16, 2011 Jenn said

    This looks beautiful! I love your photos, all of them! Meyer lemons are one of those things that I really miss living in Europe…will have to try your suggestion of mixing oranges and lemons together 🙂

    • On March 20, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks so much, Jenn!! Even if you cannot get the Meyer Lemons over there right now, the lemon/mandarin mix is just as wonderful! 😉

  14. On March 16, 2011 Candace said

    Although I have read about Meyer Lemons for a very long time, it is only recently that I’ve been able to get my hands on some. I have, so far, only made desserts with them. I love that you’ve used them with chicken. It looks soooo yummy!

    • On March 20, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Candace! I have used Meyer Lemons in desserts and savory dishes alike! And I just love their less subtle punch! They are definitely a nice touch on this chicken.

  15. On March 16, 2011 Melanie said

    I love dinners where you can just pop them in the oven and forget about them too. I did just that with my chicken for dinner tonight.

    Lemon chicken is a common dinner around here, so it will be nice to try something different. Your meyer lemon chicken looks delicious!

    • On March 20, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks Melanie! I love easy fix it and forget it meals! Makes the dinner time prep so much less stressful, for sure! 😉

  16. On March 17, 2011 Amber said

    That sounds tasty. Thanks for sharing it at Real Food Wednesday. Do you mix up your own Italian seasoning or purchase a particular brand?

    • On March 20, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Amber! I usually will use the Simply Organic Italian Seasoning blend. However, whenever I am out of that, I will just throw in a bit of each of basil, oregano, thyme, marjoram, rosemary. Right now, I am using most of those fresh since I have all of them growing in my veggie garden right now.

  17. On March 17, 2011 Ott, A said

    Just stopping by from HearthNSoul. I hadn’t heard of this lemon/orange cross but I will definitely be on the lookout for them now. while I’m here I wanted to invite you to my Iron Chef Challenge which starts tomorrow and the themed ingredient is canned tomatoes. Link up a recipe and you’ll have a chance to win a prize. Hope you can join in the fun!!!

    • On March 20, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Ott,A!! Thanks for letting me know about the Iron Chef Challenge! It sounds fun! I will have to see what I can come up with this week! 😉

  18. On March 21, 2011 Jason@JLHealth said

    I would have never thought to use Meyer lemons when cooking chicken…great idea! I’m really partial to desserts as far as Meyers go so thanks….

    Thanks for sharing at the hearth and soul hop last week.

  19. On March 31, 2011 Diane-thewholegang said

    Oh yum, yum, yum. I love Meyer lemons and I too pounce on them. I love them with chicken or seafood. I like to cook mine under a brick. Give your hubby one and he can do that on the grill when it hits 100. Dear lord that is hot. I always knew you were one hot mama. Love this recipe!

    • On April 2, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Diane, what a great idea to grill meat under a brick! I know my mother-in-law has done that before. I will have to get Kurt to start doing that., I bet it would be awesome!! And LOL! Yup, you know me…one hot mama!! xo

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