Roasted Lemon Chicken
This recipe is easy enough to do on a weekday, and delicious enough to serve for a Sunday dinner. It creates a really great tasting, moist chicken with very little effort! Please note: for the thyme, Zaar didn't recognize 1 tbsp + 1 tsp fresh thyme.
- Ready In:
- 1hr 40mins
- 3 1⁄2 lbs roasting chickens
- 2 small lemons
- 1⁄3 cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, minced (reduce by at least half if using dried thyme)
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced (reduce by at least half if using dried thyme)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
- fresh parsley sprig
- Remove the giblets from the chicken, and rinse the chicken with cold water. Pat dry.
- Punch holes in the lemon rinds with a wooden pick. Cut the lemons in half. Place the lemon halves in the cavity of the chicken. (Sometimes I add a quarter or two of onion or celery pieces here). Truss the chicken; place the chicken, breast side up, on a lightly greased baking rack in a shallow roasting pan. Insert a meat thermometer into the breast of the chicken, making sure it does not touch bone.
- Combine the oil and the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl, stirring well. Brush the chicken with 1/4 cup of the oil mixture -- take the time to loosen the skin and rub some of the mixture into the meat, but make sure you oil the skin so it is deliciously brown and crisp.
- Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees for 1 1/2 hours or until the meat thermometer registers 170 degrees, brushing occasionally with the remaining oil mixture. Remove the chicken to a serving platter. Let it rest for at least 5-10 minutes before carving.
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We really enjoyed this! I had to use dried thyme, but I think fresh would have been wonderful. My chicken was about 3 1/2 lbs. but it only took about 1 hour 15 minutes, but I did take it out at 165 degrees. Skin did not get as brown and crispy as I would have liked. Tasty though and the dripping reduced down nicely into a great sauce :) Thank you!!Reply
This takes me out of my comfort zone - cooking something whole! LOL The 'rub' was great and did make the skin very crispy and delicious! I know that I'll make this again, if only for ease of prep - and not having to really pay attention. Thanks, breezermom, for sharing an easy, go-to recipe for a rookie roaster!Reply