Greek Lemon Chicken – Kotopoulo Lemonato

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Greek lemon chicken is known as kotopoulo lemonato in Greece and makes for an easy weeknight meal.

Our restaurant Loka is just over a year old and I’ve taken a significant step back from the day to day operations.

It’s only a few blocks from our house so I’ll often stop in to say hi to Dave during the day.

But you won’t find me there nightly. It sounds odd but now I have to figure out what to do with my time in the evenings.

For over two years I was either serving food at our pop-up or in the dining room at the restaurant.

There’s only so much Netflix to watch.

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I love to cook. I find it relaxing to cook and listen to podcasts. In my baby steps of recapturing evenings I decided to take baby steps.

The first step would either be nights at the gym or to start cooking.

I decided to cook.

But the decision isn’t entirely lazy I swear!

It’s also because Dave doesn’t eat much at work. When you smell food all day you lose your appetite.

And now when I’m on my own I don’t always feel like cooking for one. But it’s not a healthy way to live.

Greek lemon chicken is known as kotopoulo lemonato in Greece but don't let that intimidate you. This delicious recipe is so easy to make.

Easy One Pot Meals

With the colder weather I’ve been feeling more and more like one pot meals and roasts.

I love winter stews and while on Pinterest I saw a recipe for a one-pot Greek lemon chicken with potatoes dish.

While I love the promise of one pot meals not all of them work.

The problem with the recipe is that you need to cook chicken and potatoes separately. Because chicken and potatoes cook at different times.


This is also why I hate skewers with both chicken and veggies together – the veggies are always burnt!

Or worse the chicken is undercooked.

So this greek lemon chicken requires two pots if you’d also like to make the potatoes.

Well actually three pots if you want the best roasted potatoes ever (see below).

Make Better Roasted Potatoes

Want to make better oven fries or roasted potatoes?

The secret is to parboil them first. Put the cut potatoes in a pot of cold water and bring to a boil.

Once it reaches a boil turn it off and wait five minutes.

Fries can then be lightly tossed in oil and onto a baking sheet and you’ll get crispy oven fries that are cooked all the way through.

For the roasted potatoes tonight I then put them in a cast iron pan, drizzled some olive oil and into a 400F oven.

Easy. Peasy.

Greek lemon chicken is known as kotopoulo lemonato in Greece but don't let that intimidate you. This delicious recipe is so easy to make.

Greek Lemon Chicken – Kotopoulo Lemonato

Greek lemon chicken is perfect for the winter because it’s comforting but the lemon lightens it up.

And this recipe is great for lazy days. Because you won’t need to buy a long list of ingredients – most should just be in your kitchen.

Pair it with a Greek wine and finish it off with one of many delicious Greek desserts.

Roasted chicken thighs, drumsticks and potatoes on a black plate

Greek Lemon Chicken - Kotopoulo Lemonato

Yield: 6-8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Oven roasted Greek lemon chicken is known as kotopoulo lemonato in Greece and makes for an easy weeknight meal.


  • 2 lb chicken cut into pieces
  • 2 whole lemons juiced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic diced
  • 1 tbsp greek oregano dried
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper freshly ground


  1. Combine ingredients together in bowl or plastic bag for 4 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 400F.Place dutch oven on stove top over medium-high heat.
  3. Remove pieces of chicken skin side down and sear well in dutch oven. When skin is crispy and nicely brown flip onto other side and brown.
  4. Add enough water so that it's 1/4 of the height of the chicken.
  5. Put dutch oven top on but do not seal completely. Leave an inch of space for steam to escape and keeps the skin crispy without drying out.
  6. Cook for 40 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 Amount Per Serving: Calories: 380Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 372mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 28g

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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Greek lemon chicken is known as kotopoulo lemonato in Greece but don't let that intimidate you. This delicious recipe is so easy to make.

Join the Conversation

  1. Looks incredible … and it must be nice to have free time again!

  2. Hi,
    Wow it must be very tasty!
    This weekend, I’ll try to do something like that.

  3. This looks really good.

    Love the domain name too! 🙂

  4. the look is really good, I think it’s delicious, thanks for sharing your recipe

  5. Rakesh Aryal says:

    Wow ! May be it is so tasty. But is it good for those people who are suffering from diabetes…

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I don’t see why it wouldn’t be okay for someone with diabetes.

  6. Angela Guedes says:

    It’s great to have some free time. I loved this recipe.

  7. Kemal Kaya says:

    Looks so tasty. I will try on my next trip to Greece Island.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Or you could make it at home!

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