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Sunday, March 8, 2009

recipe of the week: engagement chicken

i know - i'm already married. but believe me, when my husband laid his taste buds on this he definitely would have proposed all over again. it was seriously soooo yummy! wait for whole chicken to go on sale at your local grocer and buy one. mmmm....

just google it - the recipes are pretty much all the same. this one is from

engagement chicken
(i used a 5 lb chicken and adjusted ingredients and cook time accordingly)

3 lbs whole chicken
2 medium lemons
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (i used part fresh part real lemon)
sea salt (to taste)
ground black pepper (to taste)
optional: i also added 6 cloves of garlic to the inside of the chicken
  1. place rack in upper third of oven and preheat to 400 degrees.
  2. wash chicken inside and out with cold water, remove the giblets, then let the chicken drain, cavity down, in a colander until it reaches room temperature (about 15 min). pat dry with paper towels.
  3. pour lemon juice all over the chicken (inside and outside) season with salt and pepper.
  4. prick the whole lemons three times with a fork and place deep inside the cavity (i cut them 1/2 way through). (tip: if lemons are hard, roll on the countertop with your palm to get juices flowing.)
  5. place the chicken breast-side down on a rack in a roasting pan, lower heat to 350 and bake uncovered for 15 minutes.
  6. remove from oven and turn it breast-side up (use wooden spoons!); return it to oven for 35 minutes more. (i reversed these - i cooked it breast-up for 20ish and then breast-down for the remainder.)
  7. test for doneness - a meat thermometer inserted in the thigh should read 180, or juices should run clear when chicken is pricked with a fork.
  8. continue baking if necessary.
  9. let chicken cool for a few minutes before carving.
  10. serve with juices.
  11. serve with boiled new potatoes tossed with olive oil and fresh chopped parsley and/or steamed asparagus with butter.
  12. enjoy.


Meghan said...

Hi! I've followed your blog for a while, but this is my first comment. This chicken looks so good. I tried doing something similar in the crockpot but it was a disaster - the lemon totally disintegrated and the chicken was dry and fell apart! (I think my crockpot is too hot.) Thanks for the recipe!

BrittWilk said...

thanks for commenting and for following, megan! hope this chicken turns out better than the first try... and i was going to try something similar in the crock pot at some point, so thanks for saving me the try! :)

Garrett and Jessica said...

I'm sorry, but the angle of the picture of the chicken cracks me up! I think I've been around labor and delivery a little too much. ;)

Rotisserie chicken (that you can buy ready-made in the store) is one of our weaknesses; I will for sure have to try this recipe! That way, our home will smell yummy as it cooks in the oven. Thanks, Britt!

Mark & Bek said...

You have now entered an entire new level of cooking. I have always been too scared to cook a whole chicken, but now I think I'll give it a try

BrittWilk said...

the angle of the chicken is kind of funny, jess! i was trying to show the lemon inside... my intentions were good. :) i love rotisserie chicken too - this was just as good.

and go for it bek. it was super easy - promise!

Maria said...

Just found your blog, love it!!

The American Homemaker said...

I'm really scared of the lemon coming out of the chicken... LOL I can just imagine the comments it would get from my kids at the table... ha ha ha

Super Angie said...

Yummy! When I was in Morocco, they used lemons on/in their chicken ALL THE TIME! I don't think my host sister made chicken without massaging the entire thing with whole lemons first. :)It was so good.

Here's one of my favorite chicken with lemon recipes:

Vomail said...

Wow!! This engagement party is really great. Thanks for sharing it. We have to arrange my nephew’s engagement party. Will definitely try this recipe for his special ay. As this looks awesome. Have select some more recipes from Nom Video Sharing app for the day.

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