Indulge in the rich taste and aroma of homemade roasted chicken infused with zesty lemon and aromatic garlic. This Lemon-Garlic Roasted Chicken recipe is a culinary marvel that’s both simple to prepare and wonderfully flavorful.
1 whole chicken (about 4-5 lbs / 1.8-2.3 kg)
4-5 garlic cloves, minced
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
Pat the chicken dry with paper towels, ensuring the skin is dry. Season generously with salt and pepper, both inside and out.
In a small bowl, mix the minced garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, and fresh thyme leaves.
Carefully loosen the skin from the chicken breast and thighs. Spread the prepared garlic-lemon-thyme mixture under the skin, ensuring even distribution.
Truss the chicken legs together with kitchen twine to hold its shape while roasting.
Place the chicken on a roasting pan or baking dish, breast-side up.
Roast the chicken in the preheated oven for about 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) in the thickest part of the thigh.
Once done, remove the chicken from the oven and tent it with aluminum foil. Let it rest for 10-15 minutes before carving.
Carve and serve the Lemon-Garlic Roasted Chicken with your favorite sides or a fresh garden salad.
The Lemon-Garlic Roasted Chicken, with its crisp, golden skin and succulent meat, offers a tantalizing medley of flavors that will undoubtedly impress your guests and family. Delight in this classic dish and savor each tender, juicy bite!