Engagement Roast Chicken (Barefoot Contessa)

"After making this, I want to marry myself, it tastes SO good! LOL This is quite simple, juicy and VERY flavorful, with a crispy skin. I want the onions to carmelize, so I put the 1/2 cup chicken stock and the 1/2 cup white wine into the roasting pan in the beginning. (add more if needed) Sometimes I add fresh thyme or other herbs into the lemon-onion mixture. If you don't have twine, the chicken will still be fine, but tuck the wings under. I have added either small Red or Yukon potatoes to the pan with great results, the potatoes soak up the drippings and are very yummy. This is adapted from Food Network, Ina ROCKS!"
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Ready In:
1hr 45mins




  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Remove and discard the chicken giblets.
  • Pat the outside dry. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken.
  • Cut the lemons in quarters, place 2 quarters in the chicken along with the garlic and reserve the rest of the lemons.
  • Brush the outside of the chicken with olive oil and sprinkle the chicken liberally with salt and pepper.
  • Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken.
  • Place the chicken in a small (11 by 14-inch) roasting pan. (If the pan is too large, the onions will burn.)
  • Place the reserved lemons and the sliced onions in a large bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Pour the mixture around the chicken in the pan.
  • Roast the chicken for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and a thigh.
  • Remove the chicken to a platter, cover with aluminum foil, and allow to rest for 10 minutes while you prepare the sauce, leaving the lemons and onions in the pan.
  • Place the pan on top of the stove and turn the heat to medium-high.
  • Add the wine and stir with a wooden spoon to scrape up the brown bits. Add the stock and sprinkle on the flour, stirring constantly for a minute, until the sauce thickens.
  • Add any juices that collect under the chicken. Carve the chicken onto a platter and serve with the lemons, onions, and warm sauce.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Stephen S.
    Are you sure the calories shown are per serving ? Seems rather high.


  1. French Tart
    Absoutely divine! We LOVED this, it made a wonderful Sunday Lunch for today! I followed this to the letter and was rewarded with moist and crispy chicken with a wonderful wine and lemon sauce. I cooked this in my woodburning stove for 2 hours, it was perfect. We ate this with steamed broccoli, carrots, garden peas, new potatoes and home-made stuffing. Made for Special Meals in the Photo's Forum and VERY much enjoyed thanks! A keeper for me! FT:-)
  2. diner524
    Well this wasn't an engagement roast chicken, but DH might have wanted to propose all over again, lol!!! My chicken was almost 6 lbs so I cooked it a bit longer, but it was so flavorful and juicy, the whole family loved it. I served it with mashed potatoes, gravy made from the drippings and corn. Thanks for sharing the recipe!! Made for 123 Tag Game.
  3. maryann9604_9456560
    This dish was AWESOME. I didn't have lemons and substituted Green Peppers. It was so tasty. I followed the recipe exactly (other than the substitution).
  4. JackieOhNo!
    Can I marry you, Scoutie? Because this is some outstanding chicken - moist and bursting with flavor. I added potatoes, as suggested, which were also very tasty. And the gravy is divine! I will never make a roast chicken any other way!
  5. waynejohn1234
    Yum says it all..........wonderful flavor and the lemon shines thru beautifully. Sometimes roast chicken can have an oily taste but ths is sharp and clear. Thanks.......


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