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Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken

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Ingredients: – 1 whole chicken (about 4-5 pounds) – 4 cloves of garlic, minced – 1 lemon, zested and juiced – 2 tablespoons olive oil

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– 1 teaspoon dried thyme – 1 teaspoon dried rosemary – 1 teaspoon paprika – Salt and pepper, to taste – Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

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Instructions: 1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). 2. In a small bowl, combine minced garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, thyme, rosemary, paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix well to create a paste.

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1. Pat the whole chicken dry with paper towels. Place the chicken in a roasting pan or on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 2. Rub the lemon-garlic paste all over the chicken, making sure to coat it evenly, both outside and inside the cavity.

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1. If you like, you can also place slices of lemon inside the chicken cavity for added flavor. 2. Tie the chicken legs together with kitchen twine to help it cook evenly.

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Roast the chicken in the preheated oven for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C). Cooking times may vary depending on the size of the chicken.

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If the skin is getting too browned, you can cover the chicken loosely with foil during the last 20-30 minutes of cooking.

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1. Once done, remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest for 10-15 minutes before carving. 2. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley before serving.

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