Monday, February 8, 2010

The Most Delicious Chicken!!

If you like rotisserrie chicken , grocery store style, you'll LOVE this recipe. I made it last nite for dinner and wished I had cooked 2 chickens instead of one!

The Most Delicious Chicken
1 whole chicken
1 large onion, thickly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 large lemon, cut into 4 pieces
3 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tablespoons butter, melted
Fresh rosemary sprigs, if desired ( or 2 teaspoons dried rosemary)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Wash chicken and remove giblets. Pat dry with a paper towel. Place sliced onion and olive oil in a large baking dish, tossing the onion in the oil. Place the chicken on top of the onion. Generously salt and pepper the cavity of the chicken. Place lemon wedges in the cavity along with 1/2 of the garlic and a few sprigs rosemary, if desired. Lift skin of chicken breast and slide remaining garlic under the skin. Brush entire chicken with melted butter, sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Bake at 425 degrees for 1 hour 15 minutes. ( If chicken is large, add 15 minutes to cooking time.)
Remove from oven and tent with foil (or cover with pan lid), let rest for 15 minutes. Slice and serve with juices from pan. YUUMMMM!

Note: I remove the lemon wedges after baking and squeeze the juice over the chicken before serving.

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