Lemon-Rubbed Roast Chicken

Author: Canadian Living

Cushing's mom loves the flavours of lemon and thyme in this dish. “My mom adores how supercrispy and lemony the chicken skin gets,” says Cushing. “She always snatches the skin from other people's plates.” Serve with steamed bitter greens, such as rapini or dandelion, drizzled with olive oil and a squeeze of fresh lemon. As an alternative accompaniment, serve whole grain bread or long-grain rice. “I prefer white basmati, but my mom always asks for brown,” she explains. “Either would work perfectly.”

  • Portion size 6 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: May 2002

Ingredients

  • 1 grain fed chicken (about 4 lb/2 kg)
  • 2 lemons cut in eighths
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 2 small onions quartered
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper

Method

Rinse chicken inside and out; pat dry. Stuff cavity with half of the lemon pieces, the rosemary and thyme sprigs, half of the onions and 2 cloves of the garlic. Tuck wings under back; tie legs together with kitchen string.

Place chicken on rack in roasting pan. Rub with lemon juice; drizzle with oil. Sprinkle with rosemary, thyme, paprika, salt and pepper. Arrange remaining lemon pieces, onion and garlic around chicken. Roast in 400°F (200°C) oven for 50 minutes. Reduce heat to 375°F (190°C); roast for 40 to 45 minutes longer or until meat thermometer registers 185°F (85°C).

Transfer chicken to platter and tent with foil; let stand for 5 minutes before carving. If desired, drain fat from pan juices and serve juices with chicken

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Sodium 189 mg
  • Protein 31 g
  • Calories 248.0
  • Total fat 13 g
  • Cholesterol 96 mg
  • Saturated fat 3 g
  • Total carbohydrate 1 g

%RDI

  • Iron 11.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 4.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 2.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 4.0
  • Vitamin C 5.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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