“When you marinate the chicken in lemon juice, the citrus penetrates deep into the meat, flavoring every bite. Found in Better Homes and Gardens get organized! January 2010 edition.”
READY IN:
9hrs 30mins
SERVES:
8
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Remove gilblets from chicken, if present. Place chicken in plastic bag set in shallow dish. slice 2 of the lemons; add to bag. Finely shred 2 teaspoons peel from remaining lemons; set aside. Squeeze lemons to yield 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbls. juice for glaze.
  2. For marinade, in bowl combine 1/2 cup lemon juice, olive oil, parsley, garlic, 1/2 tsp of the cayenne pepper and 1/2 teaspoons each salt and black pepper. Pour over chicken; turn to coat. Seal bag. Refrigerate 8 to 12 hours; turn occasionally.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°F Let chicken stand at room temp for 15 minutes. Drain chicken and set aside lemon slices; discard marinade. Pull neck skin back and fasten with a skewer. Tie drumsticks to tail. Twist wing tips under back.
  4. Place chicken, breast side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Cover with lemon slices. Arrange lemon halves or quarters on rack around chicken. Roast on lowest rack, uncovered, for 1 hour.
  5. Meanwhile, in small saucepan combine honey, the shredded lemon peel, the 2 Tbls. lemon juice, and remaining 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper. Bring to boin over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, set aside.
  6. Cut string between drumsticks and reposition any lemon slices that have slid off of chicken. Continue roasting 30-60 minutes more, or until drumsticks move easily in their sockets and chicken is no longer pink (180 F), occasionally brushing with some of the honey mixture during the last 20 minutes of roasting. If lemons begin to darken, tent loosely with foil. Remove chicken from oven. Let stand for 15 minutes before slicing. Serve with remaining honey glaze.

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