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Roast Chicken with Lemons and Garlic

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 90 minutes
Servings: 4

A roast chicken is a simple meal that’s easy enough for a weeknight but also elegant enough for guests. Serve with roasted potatoes and a green salad and dinner is served.


  • 1 chicken, about 4 lb. (2 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 half of the garlic cloves an d2 of the lemon halves inside the chicken cavity. Tuck the wing tips behind the back and tie the legs together with kitchen twine.

Put the chicken, breast side up, in a small roasting pan. 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.

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