Roast Garlic-Lemon Chicken

    1 hour 50 minutes

    This makes a moist and succulent bird. Serve with roast potatoes and some vegetables and you have an easy Sunday lunch or Christmas dinner.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 lemon, zested
    • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, chopped
    • 3 sprigs fresh thyme, chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 teaspoon olive oil
    • 1 pinch sea salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 (1.5 kg) whole chicken
    • 4 whole garlic cloves

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:1hour35min  ›  Ready in:1hour50min 

    1. Preheat an oven to 220 degrees C. Combine the lemon zest, rosemary, thyme and minced garlic in a small bowl; stir in the olive oil, then season to taste with salt and pepper.
    2. Separate the skin around the breast and thighs from the meat. Rub the herb mixture onto the meat, underneath the skin. Cut the zested lemon in half, and place half of the lemon into the cavity of the chicken along with the whole garlic cloves. Place the chicken into a baking tray and squeeze the remaining lemon half evenly over the skin of the chicken.
    3. Bake the chicken in the preheated oven until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 1 hour and 35 minutes. Remove the chicken from the oven, cover with a doubled sheet of aluminium foil and allow to rest in a warm area for 10 minutes before carving.

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    The chicken is very moist and tender. I found the flavors slightly off for what we like but it was still very good.  -  03 Sep 2012


    It was really yummy, instead of the rosemary and thyme, I used Italian herb mix, which worked really well, though it ended up really oily.  -  16 Aug 2012


    For me this is a pretty basic recipe which I do with a few variations of my own, like massaging the chicken with lemon rind and butter. One tip that I must insist on never, never cover the bird with foil or anything else while it rests or you will just steam the beautiful golden crust. It needs no coverng.  -  13 May 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)