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Roast Chicken with Lemons and Garlic


A roast chicken is a simple meal that’s easy to prepare yet makes a satisfying family meal on a Sunday evening. Serve with roasted potatoes and a green salad and dinner is served.

Roast Chicken with Lemons and Garlic

1 chicken, about 4 1/2 lb. (2.25 kg)
1 Tbs. olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Cloves from 1 head garlic
3 lemons, halved
4 fresh rosemary sprigs

Preheat an oven to 425°F (220°C).

Rinse the chicken inside and out and pat dry with paper towels. Rub the chicken all over with the olive oil and season the chicken inside and out with salt and pepper. Place 4 of the garlic cloves and 2 of the lemon halves inside the chicken cavity. Tuck the wing tips behind the back and tie the legs together with kitchen twine.

Put chicken, breast side up, in a chicken roaster. Arrange the rosemary sprigs and the remaining garlic cloves and lemon halves around the chicken. Roast the chicken until the skin is well browned and an
instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of the thigh, away from the bone, registers 170°F (77°C), 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours.

Transfer the chicken to a carving board, cover loosely with aluminum foil and let rest for 10 minutes. Carve the chicken and serve immediately with roasted lemons and garlic alongside, pouring any juices from the pan over the chicken. Serves 4.