Perfect Lemon-Herb Roated Chicken

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@Bakerella

Here is my personal tried and true recipe for the perfect roasted chicken. Crisp skin and moist succulent meat! I have one roasting in the oven right now as it's a great thing to make on this cold wintery day. The aroma is wonderful! Tomorrow the left-overs will become chicken soup: )

Rating:

★★★★★ 2 votes

Comments:
Prep:
10 Min
Cook:
1 Hr 30 Min

Ingredients

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  • 3-4 lb
    whole chicken or roaster
  • 1
    whole zested lemon
  • 4 sprig(s)
    fresh rosemary
  • 4 sprig(s)
    fresh thyme
  • 6
    garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp
    olive oil
  • ·
    coarse sea salt
  • ·
    freshly ground pepper

How to Make Perfect Lemon-Herb Roated Chicken

Step-by-Step

  1. Preheat oven to 425'
  2. Combine lemon zest w/2 minced garlic cloves, olive oil, salt & pepper along with chopped herbs from 2 sprigs Rosemary and 2 sprigs of the thyme. Leave remaining sprigs whole. (If you do not have fresh herbs, dry herbs of your choice should be fine).
  3. Cut lemon in half. Place 1 half of lemon in the cavity of the chicken, along with the 4 remaining garlic cloves, & whole sprigs of rosemary & thyme.
  4. Separate skin around breast & thigh of meat. Rub herb mixure under skin making sure to get under skin of legs/thighs as well. Rub any (if any) remaining mixture onto outer skin of chicken.
  5. Squeeze 2nd lemon half evenly all over skin of chicken.
  6. Bake uncovered at 425'for approx 1 hr and 30 min's.
    Let rest (uncovered so skin does not steam) for about 10 min's before slicing. Chicken is done when juices run clear.
  7. Note: If roasting veggies/potatoes along with chicken, add during the last 45 min's of cooking time.

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About Perfect Lemon-Herb Roated Chicken

Course/Dish: Chicken
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy




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