One Pot Lemon Chicken

March 8, 2015 at 3:41 am

One Pot Lemon Chicken

There is something comforting about this dish. When other children were coming home to BBQ chicken and chips, I would come home to the aromatic bliss of cloves and all spice. Although the potatoes are fried off separately I call this a one pot lemon chicken meal, as they are cooked a second time in the pot with the chicken. It is the simplest, foolproof, tastiest lemon chicken, Greek style. You simply cannot get this recipe wrong, it is that easy.

The chicken will melt in your mouth and the twice cooked potatoes will make you want even more. I have used chicken chops this time around but my mum always made it with chicken Marylands, making it an affordable budget friendly meal. We love to serve ours with a traditional Greek salad.


  • 4 chicken chops or marylands
  • ¾ cup lemon juice
  • 1kg potatoes (I used 4 large), cut into quarters
  • oil for frying the potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 5 whole allspice piemento
  • 1/2 tablespoon oregano + ½ tablespoon extra
  • 3/4 tablespoon salt + 1 teaspoon extra
  • 1 ½ cups oil + 1 tablespoon extra
  • ½ cup water + ¼ cup water extra


1. In a bowl, rub ½ tblsp oregano, ¾ tblsp salt and 2 tsp of the lemon juice onto the chicken.
You will need a large 30 cm deep pan with lid.

2. On medium to high heat add 1 tblsp olive oil. Brown the chicken placing skin side down for about 4-5 minutes. Turn over brown. Turn over again skin side down and cook for a further 2 minutes.

3. Add 1 ½ cups oil, lemon juice, juices remaining from chicken in the bowl and ½ cup water.

4. Sprinkle the nutmeg, cloves and all spice piemento on top. Put heat on low and add lid. Cook for 45 minutes turning chicken over twice, the last time being skin down.

5. Meanwhile deep fry the potatoes until golden and par cooked. I used a 20 cm deep saucepan and filled it with oil 8cm deep for frying.

6. Add the potatoes to the pot with the chicken when the 45 mins is up and sprinkle with remaining oregano, salt and ¼ cup water.

7. Put lid on and carefully give the pot a little shake to distribute ingredients. Cook for a further 20 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through.

Enjoy your one pot lemon chicken!