Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken

Have you ever roasted a chicken? It’s incredibly easy to do and the results are always amazing. If you’ve been intimidated by roasting a chicken, I want to encourage you to try it out. Whether you’re a chicken roasting veteran or not, I highly recommend this recipe. I’ve made it quite a few times and I just love the results every time.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the chicken is roasted with bacon on top of it! The bacon helps impart a delicious flavor onto the skin of the chicken. The lemon, garlic, and herbs stuffed into the chicken make the meat extremely flavorful.

To top things off, the veggies that prop the chicken up make this a complete meal in one pan. It also goes great with these potatoes (also from Ina Garten). The original recipe calls for making a gravy out of the drippings but Hubby and I always skip it. The chicken is so moist, it definitely does not need any gravy.

Hubby and I love to make a roasted chicken on a Sunday and pick our way through it for lunches during the week. You can also throw it into a sandwich or a chicken salad.

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Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken

Yield: 6

Ingredients:

2 medium onions, peeled and quartered
celery, cut into 2" pieces
4-6 carrots, cut into 2" pieces
1 (5 to 6-pound) roasting chicken
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 large bunch fresh thyme, sage, and rosemary
4 lemons
3 heads garlic, cut in 1/2 crosswise
2 Tbsp butter, melted
1/2 pound sliced bacon

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Place chopped onions, celery, carrots in the bottom of a large roasting pan.

Remove the chicken giblets. Rinse the chicken inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pinfeathers and pat the outside dry. Place the chicken in the roasting pan. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken. Stuff the cavity with the herbs, 1 lemon, halved, and 2 halves of the garlic. Brush the outside of the chicken with the butter and sprinkle again with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken. Cut 2 of the lemons in quarters and scatter the quarters and remaining garlic around the chicken. Lay the bacon slices over the chicken to cover.

Roast the chicken for 1 hour. Remove the bacon slices from the top of the chicken and set aside. Continue roasting the chicken for an additional 1/2 hour, or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh.

Slice the chicken on a platter. Garnish the chicken platter with the bacon slices, roasted veggies, roasted garlic, and 1 lemon, sliced. Serve with the gravy.

Recipe adapted from Ina Garten


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9 Responses to “Lemon Bars”

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    teresacooks — March 26, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Everytime I make anything out of this book I screw up a step. I’m starting to blame the book – maybe it has too many steps? I’ve had it for years, and I don’t mess up other recipes. But with this book. . . everytime I look at the recipe while whatever I’ve made is in the oven I go “oh no.”
    Let us know what else you cook and like out of the book. Love your blog.

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    SimplySweeter — March 26, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    These look so DELICIOUS! My mouth is watering!! Thank you!!

    http://www. simplysweeter.blogspot.com

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    yumventures — March 26, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    These are my favorite type of bars! And I agree, I could eat lemon curd all day!

    I also often don’t have the right size pan for a recipe, I guess I need to stock up 🙂

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    We Are Not Martha — March 26, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    I love lemon bars and yours look absolutely delightful! I’m a huge fan of the entire Cook’s Illustrated brand and have been meaning to pick that book up for a while!

    Sues

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    Memória — March 26, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    You’re so lucky to have won that cookbook!! If I would have known about that giveaway, I would have signed up for sure. I’ve been coveting that book for a long time.

    These lemon bars look so yummy!!! I love lemon bars. I really enjoyed this bar series! Thank you.

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    Kelly — March 27, 2010 at 12:54 am

    Oh you saved the best for last with lemon bars, yum!

    You are so right about spring teasing us. Very annoying!

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    birdutmasali — March 27, 2010 at 5:42 pm


    I lıke lemon bars !!

    wonderfull lemon bars

    happy weekens.

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    Ali — March 31, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    I’ve been in a lemony mood as of late. This helps take some of the edge off.

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    nutmegnanny — April 5, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    What delicious bars! I’m so glad you like the book. Now I need to own it…haha.

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