Kids Cooking Recipe: Lemon Cilantro Roasted Chicken

Posted by the Mom (aka Kelly Biedny)

This recipe may seem less than kid-friendly, BUT, it’s great for kids of all ages. Lemons need cutting which is good for older kids; Cilantro needs rinsing, drying and tearing…good for younger kids; and garlic needs peeling and crushing which is fun for kids of all ages 😀  The salt, garlic and olive oil rub is something younger kids can do too.

Sooo, don’t think the kiddies can’t get in on roasting a chicken because they certainly can!  We hope you like the recipe. This is one of Alex and Soph’s favorite ways to have a roasted chicken.

Happy Family Cooking Everyone!

Kids Cooking Recipe: Lemon Cilantro Roasted Chicken

Kids Cooking Recipe: Lemon Cilantro Roasted Chicken


  • 1 Roaster Chicken
  • 2 Lemons
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • 6 Cloves Fresh Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • salt
  • Pepper


  • Rinse and dry the roaster chicken
  • Slice the 2 Lemons into 4 slices each
  • Tear a handful of the cilantro from the bunch, rinse it and dry it.
  • Peel the garlic cloves and crush 5 of them with a knife or the bottom of a bowl/drinking glass (this is best if younger kids are doing the crushing)
  • Mix the Olive Oil, Kosher Salt and 1 of the garlic cloves, pressed.
  • Lightly salt and pepper the inside cavity of the roaster chicken
  • Insert one of the slice lemons, the cilantro and the remaining garlic into the cavity of the chicken. Make sure to get the garlic and cilantro touching some of the the cavity walls. The lemon's juices will release and soak into the meat, carrying the garlic and cilantro flavors with them.
  • Rub the outside of the chicken with the olive oil mixture.
  • Place the remaining 4 lemon slices on the bottom of a baking pan and place the chicken on top.
  • Tuck the wings up and behind the chicken and secure the legs with baking twine.
  • Bake at 350 degrees until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  • Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
  • You could make a simple pan gravy from the drippings that would be super tasty over the meat or on potatoes!


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