Golden roasted lemon-garlic chicken Learn

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Golden roasted lemon-garlic chicken

Golden roasted lemon-garlic chicken

Foolproof recipe for the classic roast chicken!

Serves: 4 portions

Cook and prep time: 1 hour


  • 1 whole small chicken (700g)
  • 75 g melted butter
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1 lemon (zest it and then cut it in quarters)
  • chopped parsley leaves
  • to taste salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 spring of fresh rosemary


  • Preheat the oven to 230C/450F and prepare your roasting tin by lining it with aluminium foil and spraying the roasting rack with oil. Put the rack on top of the tin.
  • Mix the melted butter with the parsley leaves, the lemon zest and the garlic.
  • Season the chicken liberally with salt and pepper all over, including the cavity.
  • Brush the chicken with this mixture, and with your fingers insert some under the skin on the chest.
  • Fill the chicken cavity with the lemon quarters and the rosemary spring.
  • Place the chicken on the roasting rack with the chest down, put it into the oven to roast for 25 minutes.
  • After this time, turn it upside down, grease it with the remaining butter mixture and put it in the oven for another 20 minutes.
  • Then increase the oven temperature to 260C/500F and leave until it becomes golden and the internal temperature of the chest has reached 75C/165F.
  • Enjoy!!!

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