Meyer Lemon Mayonnaise Roasted Chicken

This Meyer lemon mayonnaise roasted chicken is the perfect Sunday supper. Full of citrus flavor and super moist. You won’t even know it was made with mayonnaise. 

Meyer Lemon Mayonnaise Roasted Chicken by Nutmeg Nanny

Roasted chicken is one of my favorite meals to make. It’s super simple and not nearly as intimidating as it might seem. Normally I keep my chicken pretty basic but this time around I decided to change things up a bit. I know it might sound weird to use mayonnaise to slather up your chicken but I swear it turn out delicious. And no, it doesn’t taste like a giant chicken covered in mayonnaise once it’s done cooking. I’m not really sure how it works out but it just does. And it’s amazing.

Don’t you love when things work out like that? 

Meyer Lemon Mayonnaise Roasted Chicken by Nutmeg Nanny

I used up a bunch of Meyer lemons that were given to me from by friends at Frieda’s.  Gah I love Meyer lemons. Sometimes I eat them plain (I know, it’s a little weird) but I love them in everything from tarts to chicken…obviously. They are not as sour as a traditional lemon so they bring a nice citrus burst without being too overpowering. If I were a professional chef I might now start to ramble about how it has a balance of flavors and stuff. Since I’m not a professional chef I will instead just tell you this chicken is legit, yo.

Meyer Lemon Mayonnaise Roasted Chicken by Nutmeg Nanny


Meyer Lemon Mayonnaise Roasted Chicken

This Meyer lemon mayonnaise roasted chicken is the perfect Sunday supper. Full of citrus flavor and super moist. You won't even know it was made with mayonnaise.

Yield: 1 chicken

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Total Time: 1 hours 10 minutes


  • 1 (5 pound) whole chicken, giblets removed
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 Meyer lemon, divided
  • 6 fresh sprigs thyme, leaves removed (more if desired)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine

Adapted from my simple roast chicken, She Wears Many Hats

and Bakeaholic Mama


Preheat oven to 450 degrees

Remove giblets from chicken, pat chicken dry and add to Dutch oven.

In a small bowl mix together the mayonnaise, zest and juice of 1 Meyer lemon and thyme leaves.

Liberally sprinkle the inside of the chicken cavity with kosher salt and pepper. Rub the mayonnaise mixture all over the chicken including the cavity.

Sprinkle the outside of the bird liberally with kosher salt and pepper and quarter the remaining Meyer lemons. Stuff the bird with quartered lemon and additional sprigs of thyme if desired.

Pour white wine into the bottom of the pan and add to oven.

Cook for 25 minutes at 450 degrees and lower temperature to 375 degrees. Cook for approximately an hour until a meat thermometer register 165 degrees when tested into the middle of the thigh meat.

Let the chicken rest for 15 minutes before carving to ensure a super juicy chicken.

50 Responses to “Meyer Lemon Mayonnaise Roasted Chicken”

  1. #
    Medeja — April 4, 2014 at 5:15 am

    Very useful recipe! This chicken looks really good!

  2. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — April 4, 2014 at 6:53 am

    I read the title of this before anything else and went “OOOOO”…and the rest did not disappoint! I LOVE me some roasted chicken and this looks delish! Pinned

  3. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — April 4, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Love this chicken recipe and it looks gorgeous.

  4. #
    foodwanderings — April 4, 2014 at 8:50 am

    OMG this roasted chicken looks crazy good. I just had my first cup of coffee and no breakfast yet. Craving this now, how crazy is it?! 🙂 BTW never made roasted chicken with mayonnaise.

  5. #
    mimi — April 4, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Love this! mayonnaise can really be versatile. i used to mix it with butter for garlic bread. Thanks for reminding me!

  6. #
    DessertForTwo — April 4, 2014 at 9:26 am

    I’m more than slightly obsessed with rubbing mayo on meat and then roasting it. I think I have a problem! 🙂

    • nutmegnanny replied: — April 7th, 2014 @ 10:17 am

      I really want to try it with other proteins. It would make a great Thanksgiving turkey 🙂

  7. #
    Aimee @ Simple Bites — April 4, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Wow. What a great recipe!! Pinned for a future dinner.

  8. #
    Kelli @ The Sustainable Couple — April 4, 2014 at 9:32 am

    I love roasting a chicken (and making multiple meals from the bird, including bone broth!) – your version looks absolutely delicious. I’m saving this right now!

  9. #
    Kelly @ Mostly Homemade Mom — April 4, 2014 at 10:12 am

    My mouth is literally watering at 10am right now!! Have to try this one for sure…

  10. #
    Claire Gallam — April 4, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Mayo on chicken?!! what a freaking amazing idea.

  11. #
    Cassie — April 4, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Oh my goodness, what a dream chicken! If dreams are made of chickens, I guess. This sounds incredible!

  12. #
    Courtney @ Neighborfood — April 4, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Can you believe I’ve never roasted a whole chicken (shame face)? I definitely need to get on that. This looks so easy and so good!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — April 7th, 2014 @ 10:18 am

      I hope you give it a try! Roasting a whole chicken is one of my favorite ways to make it.

  13. #
    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — April 4, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Now that is one good looking chicken! And the flavor combination sounds incredible!

  14. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — April 4, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Dear God. This is perfection.

  15. #
    Angela Barrett — April 4, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Ok Now THAT is a meyer lemon recipe that I would LOVE to make! Just yum!!

  16. #
    Christiane Potts — April 4, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Holy crap, that is one amazing bird. It is cooked to absolute perfection. I have to admit that I’ve cooked many birds in my day, but none have been slathered in mayo. That’s definitely going to change after seeing yours.

  17. #
    sue/the view from great island — April 4, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    I sometimes cook fish this way, but I never thought about chicken, this looks luscious!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — April 7th, 2014 @ 10:19 am

      I have never thought about using mayo on fish…I have to try that for my hubs!

  18. #
    Susan — April 4, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Perfectly cooked bird! Is it wrong that I just want to eat the skin off that thing? Plus I love using meyers with chicken.

  19. #
    Rebecca {foodie with family} — April 4, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    That chicken wants me to eat it. I don’t care if that sounds weird. It’s just gorgeous and perfect!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — April 7th, 2014 @ 10:31 am

      Totally not weird! I’m looking at it right now and want to run to the store and buy one just so I can devour it….

  20. #
    Candace @ Cabot — April 5, 2014 at 6:21 am

    I always lay my chicken on a bed of sliced lemons when I roast it. This is taking things to a whole new level of fabulosity. Cannot wait to try. Sunday’s the day!

  21. #
    Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes — April 5, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    I am totally drooling. And I am not even hungry right now. So that’s saying something. I love this idea, and I would have never thought of it. But it makes perfect sense to use mayo like that. And meyer lemons? Yes please!!! Stumbled it 😉

  22. #
    Kim Beaulieu — April 5, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    I love meyer lemons, more than life itself. Seriously, they are my favourite thing in the world. And practically impossible to find here. This looks so good. I love chicken and lemon together.

  23. #
    Cindy moser — April 6, 2014 at 8:47 am

    I’m guessing you add the mayo to the lemon juice and zest…..that was omitted from recipe if correct. Looks amazing!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — April 6th, 2014 @ 3:10 pm

      Hi Cindy! I made the change in the recipe. Thank you for letting me know 🙂

  24. #
    ashley - baker by nature — April 6, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Dear GAWD – this is amazing! I am not even a mayo fan, but you have me ready to slather it all over my chicken. LOVE!!!

  25. #
    grace — April 6, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    i do NOT like mayonnaise, but this sounds delightful! i might actually have to purchase my first jar of the stuff…

    • nutmegnanny replied: — April 7th, 2014 @ 10:06 am

      I hope you buy a jar and give this dish a try. It will totally make you change your mind about mayo 🙂

  26. #
    cheri — April 6, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    What a beautiful looking dish, this is obviously no ordinary roasted chicken. Beautiful pics!

  27. #
    Joanne — April 6, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Normally just the sight of mayo makes me gag…but that golden chicken crust looks pretty damn beautiful!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — April 7th, 2014 @ 10:14 am

      That golden crust is pretty tempting 🙂

  28. #
    Oakley @ Friedas — April 16, 2014 at 10:54 am

    This looks YUMMY! Hmm…#SundaySupper…

  29. #
    Sharon — April 20, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    This looked so special that I decided to make it for Easter late lunch. Finally found the Meyer lemons (and splurged on a free range chicken) and made it in my clay pot. I gave it an hour @ 425 F, and then turned the oven off while we went to church. When we returned, it was a beautiful golden brown, and so moist and tender! Thanks for this wonderful recipe!!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — April 20th, 2014 @ 11:55 pm

      Hi Sharon! I’m so happy you gave the chicken and try and loved it 🙂 I’m so happy when readers let me know how their meals turned out. Hope you had a great holiday!

  30. #
    Sharon — April 20, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    PS…for those of you who don’t like Mayo…you will never know it’s even there. But the moist, tender chicken will tell you. 😉

  31. #
    Tamie — March 1, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Lid on or lid off the dutch oven? I cooked mine with the lid on and the chicken didn’t brown up like the photo.

    • nutmegnanny replied: — March 12th, 2015 @ 9:10 pm

      Hi Tamie! Lid off. If you cook it with the lid on it won’t crisp up. I will add that to the instructions.

  32. #
    Meg — March 13, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Want to try this with a roaster, but I have some chicken tenderloins in my freezer I want to use up first. Will be slathering this on them and baking them in a casserole dish. Side of parm new potatoes roasting alongside. Excited to try!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — March 16th, 2015 @ 8:40 am

      Hi Meg! Hope you enjoyed the chicken 🙂


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