Classic Roast Chicken with Lemon


  • Prep Time10 mins
  • Total Time1 hr 25 mins
  • Makes4 servings
Classic Roast Chicken with Lemon
Chatelaine Triple Tested


  • 1.25- to 1.5-kg chicken, (about 3 lbs)

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 lemon, cut in half


  • PREHEAT oven to 350F. Remove any neck or giblets from body cavity of chicken and keep for another use. Brush chicken with oil, then sprinkle with salt. Season with fresh pepper. Stuff cavity with lemon. Place chicken on a rimmed baking sheet or shallow roasting pan.

  • ROAST in centre of oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh reads 165F, 1 hr to 1 hr 15 min. Transfer chicken to a cutting board. Loosely cover with foil and let rest 20 min before carving.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 341, Protein 30g, Fat 24g, Sodium 380mg.

Kitchen tip

The secret to perfect roast chicken is buying the best quality bird you can find, such as a locally raised one from a small farm.

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