Gorgeous Chicken night! I can’t remember where I came across this recipe – – and I can’t, for the life of me, remember it’s name. It’s something like “Really Good Chicken” or “Damn Good Chicken” or some such thing – – anyways, I just renamed it “Gorgeous Chicken” .. cuz it sounds good. It’s REALLY easy to!
Preheat oven to 400.
I use an 8lb chicken. (because I have a teenage son, so you can take away an automatic 2lbs right there!) My rule of thumb for baking chicken? 20 minutes per pound – then add another 20 minutes. but I always check the thermometer before calling it done. (checking the breast area of a whole chicken with a meat thermometer – – it’s done when it reaches 175).
Remove the innards completely and wash the chicken inside and out. Let sit in a collander in the sink for about 15 minutes until the bird reaches room temp. Pat it dry.
I use about a cup (or more) of lemon juice. Pour it all over the chicken – inside and out. Then take 3-4 whole lemons.. prick each one 3-4 times with a fork and shove those lemons right up the birds ass. I season with ground sea salt and fresh ground pepper. (you can use garlic juice in with the lemon juice too, if you’re a garlic lover like me!)
Reduce the temp of the oven to 350 and put the bird in a roasting pan. Put it in the oven, breast side down, for an hour. Then flip the bird breast side up and cook for the remaining time until done.
The bird in our oven currently has another 2 1/2 hours to go. I started dinner late tonight cuz I’m a putz. We’re having it with steamed asparagus and brown rice.