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Honey-Lime Roasted Chicken Recipe

Honey-Lime Roasted Chicken Recipe

It's hard to believe this finger-licking main course starts with only five ingredients. "The chicken is easy, light and so good," promises Springfield, Vermont's Lori Carbonell. "It's just as tasty prepared outside on the grill."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 2-1/2 hours + standing YIELD:10 servings


  • 1 whole roasting chicken (5 to 6 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon stone-ground mustard or spicy brown mustard
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin


  • 1. Carefully loosen the skin from the entire chicken. Place breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan. In a small bowl, whisk the lime juice, honey, mustard and cumin.
  • 2. Using a turkey baster, baste under the chicken skin with 1/3 cup lime juice mixture. Tie drumsticks together. Pour remaining lime juice mixture over chicken.
  • 3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 2-1/2 to 3 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 180°, basting every 30 minutes with drippings (cover loosely with foil after 1 to 1-1/2 hours or when golden brown). Let stand for 10 minutes before carving. Remove and discard skin before serving. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3 ounces cooked chicken equals 197 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 77 mg cholesterol, 95 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 25 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1/2 starch.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.