Roast Lemon Butter Chicken in a Clay Pot.

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"The clay roaster( Romertopf is one brand) is a wonderful tool. This chicken comes out very moist."

Original recipe yields 5 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (417.3 g)
  • Calories 335.2
  • Total Fat - 7.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 816.5 mg
  • Sodium - 9572.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 4.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.5 g
  • Sugars - 1.3 g
  • Protein - 60.7 g
  • Calcium - 57 mg
  • Iron - 8.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 40.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Soak the clay pot in tepid water for 30 minutes.

Step 2

Wash the bird and put into the bottom of the clay roaster.

Step 3

Tunnel under the skin and place butter slices under the skin, reaching as many areas as possible.

Step 4

Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the chicken and put the lemon halves that are left, into the cavity.

Step 5

Sprinkle seasoning liberally. You can use a lot here.

Step 6

Cover the roaster with the top and place into a cold oven.

Step 7

Roast at 400 degrees F for 1 hour or more, until the leg moves freely.

Step 8

When done, remove the roaster from the oven, uncover and let the chicken rest x 20 minutes before carving.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Flavour wise very nice but to get up to cooked temperature for us took 1 1/2 hours at 180C fan forced which should have equated to what was called for in the recipe and then only just cooked and we found the meat a little on the tough side, thank you natsgarden for posting a recipe that got me to use my romatoff (slow clay cooker pot) will give consideration doing again but allowing some time changes and possibly some temperature changes in my oven. Made for What's On the Menu at

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(5 Aug 2014)


This chicken is so juicy, tender and full of flavour! As a matter of fact it was so gooda that I served to the family and totally forgot to take a pic. Mine took a about 15 minutes more to cook through. I did mix up half the lemon juice with the butter to put under the skin. I also used Lemon Pepper for the seasoning, as that is what I had on hand. This has gone into my make again file! Thank you for sharing Nat!

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(8 Dec 2013)