Rumor has it this easy-to-make roast chicken with ultra-crisp skin and subtle lemon flavor from Glamour magazine's "100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know" cookbook will inspire your boyfriend to pop the question. Serve with Baked New Potatoes for a marriage-worthy meal.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees with rack set in upper third.

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  • Remove giblets from chicken and rinse chicken inside and out with cold water. Set chicken, cavity-side down, in a colander to drain for 2 minutes. Pat chicken dry with paper towels and place breast-side down in a medium roasting pan fitted with a rack; pour lemon juice all over chicken, inside and out. Season chicken, inside and out, with salt and pepper.

  • Pierce whole lemons three times with the tines of a fork; place pierced lemons inside cavity. Using kitchen twine, truss chicken to enclose. Transfer roasting pan to oven and reduce temperature to 350 degrees; roast for 15 minutes.

  • Remove roasting pan from oven and, using tongs or two wooden spoons, turn chicken breast-side up. Return chicken to oven and cook until a thermometer inserted into the thigh reaches 180 degrees and juices run clear when thigh is pierced with a fork, 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes.

  • Let chicken stand 15 minutes before carving. Transfer carved chicken to a serving platter and pour juices from roasting pan over chicken. Garnish with lemon slices and fresh herbs; serve.

Reviews (3)

47 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: Unrated
03/22/2012
Had a few girlfriends over and decided to make this recipe...OUTSTANDING. We are all still talking about it...a very slight taste of lemon, i thought it would be over powering, it was perfect. just enough lemon flavor. So moist and delicious. one of the easiest recipes i have ever done and soooo satisfying...I ahve already passed this recipe alone to many people and will definately make it again.
Rating: 1 stars
04/23/2011
Yuck! Skip this one! I wanted my boyfriend to propose so I made this as a joke for dinner on Friday. First off, the lemon flavor really doesn't come through. Also there isn't enough juice in the pan to make a sauce and keep the chicken moist. (I added a small carton of chicken stock halfway through). Overall I was disappointed in this recipe and hope this doesn't ruin my chances of getting engagement!
Rating: 1 stars
04/23/2011
Yuck! Skip this one! I wanted my boyfriend to propose so I made this as a joke for dinner on Friday. First off, the lemon flavor really doesn't come through. Also there isn't enough juice in the pan to make a sauce and keep the chicken moist. (I added a small carton of chicken stock halfway through). Overall I was disappointed in this recipe and hope this doesn't ruin my chances of getting engagement!
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