What A Roasted Garlic Lemon Chicken

by zesty on January 29, 2010 · 13 comments

Happy Friday!  As I type this post early on this snowy Friday we are getting geared up for our first snow storm of the year.  Exciting?  No not really but I guess some people like it.  So far. all schools have been canceled but I am still planning on going into work.  We are supposed to get 20 cm today which is not too bad but the wind is supposed to pick up to 80km/hr.  Since we live in a wide open area it will likely feel that there is a hurricane around us.  I am really trying to look for full grown trees to shelter around the house.

Do you think I am crazy for looking at this option?  I am not very patient when it comes to watching trees grow for 20 years before they will block the wind.

On To the Food

The title catches your eye especially if you love chicken and garlic.  This recipe is a spin on a classic roasted chicken but there a couple of techniques that really enhance the flavor compared to your normal run of the mill chicken.


The marinade in this recipe really kicks up the internal flavor of the meat and the double cooking method also forces the flavor to be enhanced.  It really is a great trick if you have never tried this method in the past.


  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 Head of garlic
  • 3 shallots
  • 1 Tbsp herbes de provence
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • Small pinch all spice
  • 3 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 6 Tbsp. Olive Oil


  1. Blend all ingredients except the olive oil in food processor then  add 6 tsp olive oil
  2. Rub inside and outside chickens and marinate in fridge 2-4 hours.
  3. Take the head of garlic and loosen but do not peel, remove papery skins. Coat with oil and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Roast chicken at 350 degrees in shallow pan for 90 min or till done and for at least 1 hour
  5. Add the garlic head, covered with tin foil in own pan to the oven and roast for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.
  6. Set chicken aside for at least 30 minutes.
  7. Degrease roasting pan, then de-glaze with juices from resting chicken and 1 ½ cups of chicken broth.
  8. Separate chicken to pieces, preserving the skin as best able, and place on boiler with skin side up.
  9. Place thin slices of ½ lemon over top.
  10. Pour juices into broiler pan, but not over the chicken and broil to hot (8min depending on oven).
  11. Use ½ lemon remaining and add juice and reduce sauce, by ½ or till thickened, season with salt and pepper and a small amount, 1 tsp or so butter to enrich and smooth sauce.
  12. Serve chicken with sauce.
  13. roast_chicken

  14. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: Don’t forget about that roasted garlic.  Serve the roasted garlic with the chicken for the garlic lovers in the house.

Big plans for the weekend?  I am pretty sure I don’t have anything major on the go.  Looks like I may be doing some shoveling for sure.  I better go get a shower and head into the office.  Have a great weekend and let me know if you have any questions about the recipe.

Take care


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