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Engagement Chicken

Recipe Information
Chicken flavored with lemons.

Glamour Magazine


  • 1 whole chicken - approx. 3 lbs (1.4 kg).
  • 2 medium lemons
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher or sea salt
  • ground black pepper
  • Place rack in upper third of oven and preheat to 400 degrees (200 C.).
  • Wash chicken inside and out with cold water, remove the giblets, then let the chicken drain, cavity down, in a colander until reaches room temperature (about 15 minutes).
  • Pat dry with paper towls.
  • Pour lemon juice all over the chicken (both inside and out).
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Prick the whole lemons three times with a fork and place deep inside the cavity.
  • Place the bird breast-side down on a rack in a roasting pan, lower heat to 350 degrees (175 C.) and bake uncovered for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and turn it breast-side up (use wooden spoons!); return it to oven for 35 minutes more.
  • To make sure it's done, insert a meat thermometer in the thigh; it should read 180 degrees (80 C.), or juices should run clear when chicken is pierced with a fork.
  • Continue baking if necessary.
  • Let chicken cool for a few minutes before carving.
  • Serve with juices.