- 1 (4 lb) roasting chickens
- 1 head garlic
- 8 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 2 fresh lemons
- 2 tablespoons butter or 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 475°F.
- Wash chicken and pat dry with paper toweling.
- Coarsely chop the bulb of garlic (don't bother to peel cloves).
- Remove rosemary from 4 of the stems and chop coarsely; reserve the rest for later.
- Chop lemons into quarters.
- Put chopped garlic, chopped lemons and the chopped rosemary into the chicken's cavity.
- Rub the chicken skin generously with the butter or olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Place the chicken on a rack in a roasting pan and tuck remaining rosemary stems on the chicken, around wings and drumsticks.
- Roast chicken in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.
- Decrease oven temperature to 375F and cook for 60-75 minutes more or until the juices of the chicken run clear (time depends a lot on weight).
- Allow chicken to sit at least 15 minutes before carving.
- Garnish with more fresh rosemary before serving, if desired.