Rosemary, Garlic and Lemon Roasted Chicken with Lemon White Wine Sauce
whole chicken (about 3-4 lbs)
1Wash chicken and rub skin and cavity with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper inside and out.
2Chop the cloves of garlic and make a paste using a chef’s knife at an angle to grind the garlic against the salt until smooth.
3Mix this paste with 2 tablespoon of chopped rosemary, 2 teaspoons lemon zest and enough olive oil and lemon juice to wet the ingredients, but not so much they float in the liquid.
4Divide herb mixture in half and gently lift the skin of the chicken and rub flesh with the mixture, make sure to rub legs and back.
5Rub the skin and cavity with the other half of the mixture.
6Stuff the cavity with the lemons you squeezed to get juice and any rosemary you have left.
7Chop the onions and place on the bottom of your roasting pan. Tie the chicken legs together and place it on top of the onions in roasting pan.
8Pour enough white wine to cover the bottom of the roasting pan and add the lemon juice.
9Roast chicken in oven at 400F for 20 minutes. Lower the temperature to 350F and roast until juices run clear, about 1 more hour.
10Remove chicken from roasting pan and cover with foil. Allow chicken to rest at least 10 minutes before carving.
11Strain onions from liquid and reserve liquid. In a pan, melt the butter and gradually add the flour make sure there are no lumps
12Cook a few minutes and gradually add the reserved liquid while stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Bring to a boil until sauce thickens slightly. Adjust seasonings as needed.
13Remove string and lemons from chicken cavity. Serve with sauce on the side.