This recipe has only 5 ingredients, but creates a delicious, flavorful roast chicken. Lemon juice, warm honey and aromatic herbs give roast chicken the perfect balance of spicy sweetness and tang. Pair your chicken with a side of roasted vegetables and brown rice, and you’ve got a tasty, nutritious meal.
- 1 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 (3 1/2 – 4 lbs.) whole roasting chicken
- 1 Tbsp. dried Italian herbs (or 1/2 Tbsp. dried oregano and 1/2 Tbsp. dried basil)
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- 4-5 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1/3 cup honey
Pour lemon juice in large bowl. Place chicken in juice. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Turn chicken over and let marinate an additional hour.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Remove chicken from marinate. Sprinkle on Italian herbs. Salt and pepper to taste. Place thyme sprigs in cavity of chicken.
Place chicken breast side up on a rack in roasting pan. Roast uncovered for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees and roast for an additional 30 minutes.
Heat honey and with pastry brush thoroughly coat chicken all over. Lower heat to 350 degrees. Continue to cook until well browned, about 45 minutes, occasionally basting chicken with the natural juices and recoating it with honey. Use a meat thermometer to make sure chicken is fully cooked, 170 degrees.
If desired, use gravy separator to remove fat from pan juices and ladle juice over brown rice.
Makes 6 servings.
Per 4oz serving: 225 calories, 7 g total fat (2 g saturated fat), 16 g carbohydrate, 25 g protein, 0 g dietary fiber, 76 mg sodium.
Recipe from the American Institute for Cancer Research.