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Herb & Lemon Roasted Chicken

Easy, savory, delicious and perfect for your next dinner party. Roasting the chicken with lemon slices renders a silky, rich and tangy sauce. The onions, shallots and carrots add subtle sweetness. Serve with mashed potatoes, a fresh green salad and some crusty bread for dipping in extra sauce.

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Herb & Lemon Roasted Chicken

In a bowl, mix the butter with the minced garlic, minced herbs and the lemon zest and season with salt and pepper.

Herb & Lemon Roasted Chicken

Pat the chicken dry. Rub half of the herb butter under the skin and the rest over the chicken; season with salt and pepper. Take care not to tear the skin (like we did).

Herb & Lemon Roasted Chicken

Fill the cavity of the chicken with 1 shallot, 2 garlic cloves, 1 rosemary sprig, 1 thyme sprig and the lemon halves. Truss/Tie the chicken to hold everything in and promote even roasting.

Herb & Lemon Roasted Chicken

Herb & Lemon Roasted Chicken

Set the chicken on a rack in a roasting pan. Scatter the onion, lemon slices, 5 garlic cloves, carrots and herb sprigs and add 1/2 cup of water.

Herb & Lemon Roasted Chicken

Roast for 30 minutes, until the breast is firm and just beginning to brown in spots. Rotate the pan and roast for 20 minutes longer, until the skin is lightly browned. Add another 1/2 cup of water. Roast for about 20 minutes longer, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the inner thigh registers 175° to 180°. Tilt the chicken to drain the cavity juices into the pan; transfer the bird to a cutting board to rest.

Herb & Lemon Roasted Chicken

Remove the rack from the pan and spoon off the fat. Set the pan over high heat. Add the stock and cook, scraping up any browned bits. Press the lemon to release the juices.

Herb & Lemon Roasted Chicken

Carve the chicken, top with the vegetables and sauce and serve.

Herb & Lemon Roasted Chicken

Herb & Lemon Roasted Chicken

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Herb & Lemon Roasted Chicken

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

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  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 7 garlic cloves, 1 minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced rosemary plus 3 rosemary sprigs
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced thyme plus 3 thyme sprigs
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • One 4-pound chicken, at room temperature
  • 1 large onion, cut into 8 wedges
  • 2 large shallots, cut into 4 wedges each
  • 2 lemon, 1 cut crosswise into 8 rounds and 1 halved
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and cut diagonally in thirds
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock or low-sodium broth

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425° and position a rack in the lower third of the oven. In a bowl, mix the butter with the minced garlic, minced herbs and the lemon zest and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Pat the chicken dry. Rub half of the herb butter under the skin and the rest over the chicken; season with salt and pepper. Take care not to tear the skin (like we did).
  3. Fill the cavity of the chicken with 1 shallot, 2 garlic cloves, 1 rosemary sprig, 1 thyme sprig and the lemon halves. Truss/Tie the chicken to hold everything in and promote even roasting.
  4. Set the chicken on a rack in a roasting pan. Scatter the onion, lemon slices, 5 garlic cloves, carrots and herb sprigs and add 1/2 cup of water.
  5. Roast for 30 minutes, until the breast is firm and just beginning to brown in spots. Rotate the pan and roast for 20 minutes longer, until the skin is lightly browned. Add another 1/2 cup of water. Roast for about 20 minutes longer, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the inner thigh registers 175° to 180°. Tilt the chicken to drain the cavity juices into the pan; transfer the bird to a cutting board to rest.
  6. Remove the rack from the pan and spoon off the fat. Set the pan over high heat. Add the stock and cook, scraping up any browned bits. Press the lemon to release the juices.
  7. Carve the chicken, top with the vegetables and sauce and serve.

Notes

Adapted From | Grace Parisi

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4
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