Lemon-Roasted Chicken

Background and History:

Roasting chicken with lemon is a timeless and flavorful culinary tradition. The zesty acidity of lemon infuses the tender chicken with bright, fresh flavors, making it a beloved classic in the world of poultry dishes.

Serves:

4

Time:

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole chicken (about 4 pounds)
  • 2 lemons
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary (or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instruction:

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Wash the chicken and pat it dry with paper towels.
  • Cut one lemon in half and squeeze the juice over the chicken, then place the squeezed lemon halves inside the chicken’s cavity.
  • Rub the chicken with minced garlic, olive oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Ensure the chicken is evenly coated with these seasonings.
  • Slice the second lemon into rounds and arrange them on top of the chicken.
  • Place the chicken in a roasting pan or on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Roast in the preheated oven for about 1 hour or until the chicken’s internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) and the skin is golden brown.
  • Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before carving.

Nutrition Facts:

  • Calories: Approximately 350 per serving
  • Protein: Around 30g
  • Carbohydrates: Approximately 3g
  • Fat: About 25g

Notes:

  • You can customize the seasoning with your favorite herbs and spices.
  • Serve the chicken with a side of roasted vegetables, a fresh green salad, or mashed potatoes.

Allergy Warning:

  • Be cautious of potential allergens in the ingredients used, and consider specific dietary requirements.

Indulge in the timeless flavors and simplicity of Lemon-Roasted Chicken, a classic dish that pairs tender, juicy chicken with the zesty brightness of lemon. This recipe offers a satisfying and flavorful approach to poultry that’s perfect for an elegant dinner or a family meal.

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