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Michael Symon's Wife Lizzie's Roasted Chicken

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Roasted Chicken
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Lizzie's Roasted Chicken Recipe: Lemon, bay leaves, onion, garlic cloves, and fresh thyme make this roasted chicken moist and tender.
  • 1 3-to-4- pound chicken
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1 lemon thinly sliced and seeded
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 1/2 small onion peeled
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 small bunch of fresh thyme
  • Pinch freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
step-by-step directions We've Made Cooking As Easy As 1-2-3! printer friendly version 
  • 1
    1 3-to-4-pound chicken
    Kosher salt
    A day before cooking, salt the chicken liberally, cover and refrigerate.
  • 2
    Remove the chicken from the refrigerator an hour before cooking it.
  • 3
    Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • 4
    1 lemon, thinly sliced and seeded
    2 fresh bay leaves
    Lift the skin off each chicken breast and wedge 4 lemon slices and bay leaves between the skin and each breast. 
  • 5
    1/2 small onion, peeled
    3 garlic cloves
    1 small bunch of fresh thyme
    Remaining lemon slices
    Put the onion, garlic, thyme and remaining lemon in the cavity of the chicken. 
  • 6
    Kosher salt
    Pinch freshly ground pepper
    Sprinkle chicken with more salt and pinch of pepper.
  • 7
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    Rub the entire chicken liberally with the olive oil. 
  • 8
    Put the chicken in an ovenproof sauté pan or in a roasting pan breast side up, slide it into the oven and roast it until the thigh reaches 160 degrees or until the cavity juices run clear, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • 9
    Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 to 20 minutes. 
  • 10
    Cut the chicken into 8 pieces and serve.

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