Total Time
2hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 2 hrs

Don't overlook this recipe because of it's wonderful simplicity! Also, do not be tempted to add anything. This recipe yields one of the most flavorful, juicy whole roasted chickens you will ever eat. The sweet flavor of the subtly lemon-scented chicken is marvelous, and the crispy sweet skin has a wonderful tang.


  1. Place each chicken in heavy-duty resealable plastic bag. Add 1 1/4 cups lemon juice to each. Seal bags; turn chickens to coat. Refrigerate at least 6 hours and up to 1 day, turning bags occasionally.
  2. Preheat oven to 450°F Drain chickens; pat dry. Sprinkle each with salt and pepper. Place chickens side by side, breast side down, on racks in large roasting pan. Roast 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375°F Roast 45 minutes.
  3. Turn chickens breast side up. Brush all over with honey. Continue to roast until cooked through and deep brown, basting with any juices in pan and brushing with honey occasionally, about 55 minutes longer. Transfer chickens to platter. Tent loosely with foil to keep warm and let stand 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, pour pan juices into small saucepan. Spoon off fat. Rewarm pan juices. Season with salt and pepper. Serve chickens with pan juices.
Most Helpful

Nice change from our usual chicken recipe- Tangy lemon and sweet honey- really good together! We did ours on the grill- standing up on a beer can with the reserved lemon juice marinade (boiled first then added to can) Honey and lemon juice was basted over skin every 15 minutes. Great crispy and sweet skin. Thanks NC!

Mama's Kitchen (Hope) October 09, 2005

Lovely lemon flavor and tender moist chicken. Made this with chicken breasts instead of a whole roaster. Cooking time adjusted to skin side down 15 minutes at 450, skin side up 33 minutes at 375. My only dissapointment was that the honey did not permeate into the chicken. It gave the skin a georgous color and shine, and you just wanted that to translate into great flavor throughout. Those who ate the skin gave it a thumbs up. Thanks.

justcallmetoni September 19, 2005