Jennifer Garner, Thank You for This Perfect Roast Chicken Recipe


Today is National Rotisserie Chicken Day, and in celebration, we're drooling over this perfect roast chicken recipe from Jennifer Garner!

Vegetarians, look away because we are celebrating National Rotisserie Chicken Day in drool-worthy style thanks to Jennifer Garner’s impeccable, and practical, foodie taste-buds.

Garner took to Instagram recently to share one of her favorite recipes, Martha Stewart’s Roast Lemon Chicken Soup—and well, taste—I mean, read for yourself. 🤤

She writes, “I’ve been making this @marthastewart recipe for years—the roast lemon chicken alone is enough to make you sing! You can dress it up (homemade stock) or make it in a hurry (broth from a box—don’t tell @inagarten!), whatever you do, this recipe is a sure thing.”

Martha Stewart’s Roast Lemon Chicken Soup

Serves: 4-6


  • 2 lemons, thinly sliced
  • 6 small shallots, peeled and quartered lengthwise
  • 1 whole 4lb chicken (backbone and giblets removed)
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 6 cups chicken stock

Nutrition Facts


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Rub chicken with 1 tablespoon oil and season with 1 tablespoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  3. Brush 1 tablespoon oil in the center of a rimmed baking sheet slightly larger than the size of the chicken.
  4. Slice lemons thinly and lay half of them out in a single layer on the oil.
  5. Place chicken, skin side up, on the lemons. Beginning at the neck end of the breast, carefully loosen skin from flesh of breast and thighs with your fingers. Slide the remaining lemon slices under skin in a single layer. (This isn’t as scary as it sounds, go for it!)
  6. Roast chicken for 20 minutes. Toss shallots with remaining teaspoon oil and scatter around chicken. Continue to roast chicken until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast reaches 165 degrees—approximately 25 to 30 minutes more.
  7. Transfer chicken to a carving board and let chicken cool completely. Remove and discard skin, lemon under skin and bones.
  8. Shred meat into bite-size pieces. Mix shredded meat with the pan juices, roasted lemons and shallots from the baking sheet into a bowl. Garner adds, “(Feel free to stop here, you can’t do better than this concoction.)”
  9. Bring chicken stock to a simmer in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in chicken, lemons, shallots and pan juices, and simmer 1 minute.
  10. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper.
  11. Divide soup among 4 to 6 bowls.
  12. Add rice (brown is perfect) if you so desire! 🙋🏻‍♀️
  13. YUM.