Comforting Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken

Freezing temperatures, biting winds and post holiday blues.  Although most people have just made their New Year’s resolutions, doesn’t it seem that these are the months when comfort food is needed most?

Comfort food usually conjures thoughts of macaroni and cheese, fried chicken and cheesecake, but on a cold Sunday evening in January there are few things more comforting than roasted chicken.

Perhaps to some people, roasting a whole chicken seems too complicated or just not worth it.  Well, this Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken disproves both of those thoughts and will turn even the most stubborn roast chicken doubters into believers.

Prep time  only takes 10 minutes.  From there the oven goes to work until you are ready to enjoy one the juiciest chicken dinners ever.  And while the lemon garlic flavors are divine, it is mild enough so you can use the leftover chicken all week long.  Quesadillas, soups, pizza.  You name it, with pre-cooked chicken quick meals are right at your fingertips.

Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken

Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken

serves 4

(Printable version)

1 6lb. Chicken, giblets removed and patted dry
2 large yellow onions, quartered
1 1/2 lemons, quartered
1 head garlic, top cut off plus 4 small cloves, mashed
1 bunch thyme (about 4 springs)
1/2 cup water
Olive Oil
Salt
Pepper
Paprika

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Place 1 of the quartered onions and 1 of the quartered lemons on the bottom of a roasting pan to create a bed for the chicken.  Sprinkle lightly with salt.  Place the bird on top of the bed, breast side up.  Liberally pour about 1/4 cup olive oil all over the bird and some inside the crevice.  Season the crevice of the bird with salt and pepper.  Remove skin slightly from breast meat so that you can rub olive oil and the 4 mashed garlic cloves under the skin.  Leave garlic cloves under the skin for roasting. Place half lemon, remaining onions, head of garlic (top sliced off) and thyme into the crevice. Sprinkle the bird generously with salt & pepper and finish with about a teaspoon of paprika. Pour water into the bottom of the roasting pan.

Cover the bird in foil and place in the oven on the middle rack.  Roast for 45 minutes and then remove the foil.  Continue to roast the chicken for approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes.  The temperature of the inner thigh should be 165 degrees F & the juices run clear.

Remove from the oven and place chicken on a cutting board.  Cover the chicken with aluminum foil and let rest for at least 10 minutes.

To make quick pan gravy:

Strain out all of the lemon quarters and most of the onions from the pan juices and pour remaining liquid into a small saucepan.   Simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes or until reduced and thickened.  Season to taste and if desired whisk in a half tablespoon of Dijon mustard.

Also try: Quick & Simple Sides Dishes

Better For You Sweet Potato Mash

Peel and cube 2 large sweet potatoes.  Boil water in a medium saucepan.  Place sweet potato cubes in steamer basket and cook for about 10 – 15 minutes.  In a microwave safe bowl,  heat 1 3/4 cups skim milk, 2 teaspoons brown sugar, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg & 1/8 pepper for 1 minute 30 seconds.  Pour water out of saucepan, add the sweet potatoes and mash with a fork.  Pour in heated milk mixture and stir.  If you desire a smoother consistency, puree in a food processor or with an immersion blender.

Sauteed Swiss Chard

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-low heat.  Add 2 teaspoons garlic and lightly saute for 1 minute.  Add 10 cups swiss chard, rinsed with the inner stem removed and sliced into 1 inch wide strips.  Season with salt and pepper and saute for 5-8 minutes or until wilted.

So how about you?  What is you comfort food?

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10 thoughts on “Comforting Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken

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  2. you hit the nail on the head, kristen. i’m not sure anything beats a roasted chicken on a cold, sunday night…especially one that is as lemony, garlicky and lovely as yours!

  3. Roasted chicken is totally the ultimate comfort food! And it really isn’t that hard to make! Your presentation is gorgeous!

    PS I forgot about the ketchup on the meatloaf!!!! I did that, too! GROSS!!!

  4. I love roasted chicken. I agree that for some people, it could be intimidating to make but the more I make it, the easier it becomes and it can be used in so many recipes too. 😀

    • I agree, Divina. After making roasted chicken many times, I don’t even think about how to prepare it! And I’ve had so many great meals with it so far this week. Shredded Chipotle Chicken and Mango Quesadillas top the list!

    • Oh lemon and garlic are just classic together. This chicken was super moist. Really just need to keep that oven door closed to keep in some of the moisture. And let it rest before carving of course. Cheers!

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