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Easy lemon thyme roast chicken recipe

Chicken dishes are a favorite in our house, so I like to try new recipes to mix things up as much as possible.

When I received some McCormick Gourmet Thyme recently in my Influenster VoxBox, I wanted to try it out right away.  I decided to improvise for dinner using a few chicken recipes I found online for inspiration and then pulling out some ingredients that I had handy in the pantry.Easy lemon thyme roast chicken recipe - AMerryMom.com

Happily, our chicken was moist and yummy, and we decided this recipe was a keeper.  Everyone liked it – even my pickiest eater.  He normally doesn’t like “green things” anywhere near his food but he was actually OK with the thyme that was sprinkled on his chicken.  I’m always so excited when a dish gets unanimous family approval!

This five-ingredient roast chicken recipe is super easy for weeknight family dinners.  I hope you enjoy it!

Lemon thyme roast chicken

Simple lemon thyme chicken recipe ingredients - AMerryMom.com

Four of the ingredients – I forgot to put the pepper in the photo!


  • 2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of fat
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil (I use extra-light olive oil for baking)
  • lemon juice (from fresh lemons or from a bottle – I used bottled lemon juice because that’s what I had on hand)
  • thyme (I used McCormick Gourmet Thyme)
  • black pepper


  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Coat the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish lightly with the olive oil.  (I used a glass dish.)
  3. If the chicken pieces are thick, cut them to cook more evenly.  (I usually just cut them in half lengthwise.  You could also butterfly cut the chicken.)
  4. Place the chicken in the baking dish, spreading the pieces out evenly.
  5. Drizzle olive oil lightly over each piece of chicken.
  6. Drizzle lemon juice lightly over each piece of chicken.
  7. Sprinkle thyme lightly over each piece of chicken.
  8. Sprinkle black pepper lightly over each piece of chicken.
  9. Bake at 400 degrees for 40-45 minutes.  (Cooking time may vary based on size of the pieces and individual ovens.  Use a meat thermometer to determine if it’s fully cooked.)
  10. Enjoy!

The aromatic thyme smells so good as this dish is roasting in the oven!  You can adjust your seasonings to taste.

Lemon Thyme Roast Chicken - easy recipe at AMerryMom.com

Lemon thyme roast chicken makes a simple, yummy dinner!

Chicken recipes don’t get much easier than this one!

I hope you enjoy this lemon thyme roast chicken as much as we do!

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Easy Chicken Caesar Sandwich

As a busy mom, I love meals that are fast and easy.  Crock pot cooking is a fabulous way to get dinner on the table.

Learning to make shredded chicken in the crock pot was a great kitchen revelation since it gave me several dinner options.  One of our family’s favorite meals is a Chicken Caesar Sandwich.  It’s a delicious sandwich that couldn’t get much easier!Easy Chicken Caesar sandwich

This Chicken Caesar Sandwich recipe has just three ingredients:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts trimmed of excess fat.  I use about two pounds for our family of five, but you can scale this up or down as needed.
  • Caesar dressing.  Pick your favorite.  I’ve used several versions, and they’ve all turned out well.  I usually buy Cardini’s Light Caesar dressing.  It tastes great with less fat than the regular version.
  • Buns.  Pick your favorite.  Our new preference for these sandwiches is pretzel buns – with Hawaiian buns in second place.

Put two cups of water in the crock pot and add the chicken (the water should just cover the chicken).  Cook on high for about three hours.  The cooking time may vary depending on your crock pot.  The chicken will be cooked through (no pink) and shred easily when done.  I take the chicken out with tongs (carefully because it’s already falling apart) and shred it on a plate.

Turn off the crock pot and drain the water.  Put the shredded chicken back in the crock pot and add your desired amount of Caesar dressing.  I use about 6 ounces of dressing (half of a 12-ounce bottle).  Allow it to heat through.  I usually sprinkle in some Parmesan cheese, but it’s not necessary.

Build your sandwiches and garnish as you like.  I add lettuce to mine, but my hubby and kids like theirs plain (go figure).  As a bonus, any leftovers heat up nicely.

Make this Chicken Caesar Sandwich recipe once, and you’ll have it memorized.  I hope you enjoy it as much as our family does!

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