Family Tested & Approved
4-5 lb roasting chicken
medium garlic cloves peeled and trimmed
fresh lemon juice
Adjust oven wrack to lowest position and preheat oven to 250 degrees.
Pat the chicken dry and season liberally with salt and pepper. Remember to season inside the cavity too.
Heat oil in dutch oven and add whole chicken breast side down. Surround it with the onion, celery, garlic, bay leaf and rosemary.
Cook about 5 minutes and then flip the bird and cook another 6-8 minutes.
Remove dutch oven from heat and place foil over pot and place lid on top of foil.
Place in oven for approximately 2 hours.
Remove chicken and place on carving board. Cover with foil and let rest for about 20 minutes.
Strain the chicken juices and return to the pot scraping up any goodness on the bottom. Season the juice again with salt and pepper to taste. Add the lemon juice and simmer while the chicken rests.
Cut up chicken and place on serving platter. Pour some of the juice over the chicken and serve the rest of the juice on the side.
NOTE: I added approx 1/3 C of wine instead of the lemon juice. Next time I think I'll add both.
I served this dish with roasted potatoes.