Engagement Chicken

Recipe by Ashbabe
READY IN: 1hr 10mins




  • Place rack in upper third of oven and preheat to 400 degrees.
  • Wash chicken inside and out with cold water, remove the giblets, then let the chicken drain, cavity down, in a colander until it reaches room temperature (about 15 min) Pat dry with paper towels.
  • Pour lemon juice all over the chicken (inside and outside) season with salt and pepper.
  • Prick the whole lemons three times with a fork and place deep inside the cavity.
  • (Tip: If lemons are hard, roll on the countertop with your palm to get juices flowing.) Place the chicken breast-side down on a rack in a roasting pan, lower heat to 350 and bake uncovered for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and turn it breast-side up (use wooden spoons!); return it to oven for 35 minutes more.
  • Test for doneness - a meat thermometer inserted in the thigh should read 180, or juices should run clear when chicken is pricked with a fork.
  • Continue baking if necessary.
  • Let chicken cool for a few minutes before carving.
  • Serve with juices.
  • Serve with boiled new potatoes tossed with olive oil and fresh chopped parsley and/or steamed asparagus with butter.
  • Enjoy.