- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
- 2 garlic cloves, divided
- 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (jenny - more?)
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper (jenny - more?)
- 1/4 cup minced fresh basil, divided
- 1/2 medium lemon
- In a small bowl, combine the butter, lemon peel and 1 minced garlic clove; set aside. Place chicken, breast side up, in a shallow roasting pan. Rub with lemon juice; brush with reserved butter mixture. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and 2 tablespoons basil. Stuff chicken with remaining sliced garlic clove, remaining basil and lemon.
- Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 180°. Let stand 15 minutes before craving.
Reviews forLemon Basil Chicken
"Great flavor. Will be making again."
"I love roasted chicken and would probably choose it as my final meal. This is a quite lovely way to roast chicken, and I'll certainly make it again. The breast meat was moist and tender, just delicious. And the whole chicken had the subtle flavors of lemon and basil. Not a new recipe - I first found it in an old Betty Crocker cookbook. Sometimes, the old classic recipes are the best."
"smells amazing while it cooks. Delicious fresh flavour."
"Have made this chicken several times, and it always comes out moist and full of flavor. Thanks!"
"I made this to use up some of my basil from my garden. I was afraid the basil would be too strong, but it balanced out well. I didn't get the golden crust that the picture had, but it could be because I didn't cook it long enough (cooked it for 1 1/4 hrs). The taste was good, but not amazing. Not overly impressed."
"I have fixed this chicken twice since I got it in my email, love it, love the flavor of it."
"I followed the directions as written and it's absolutely delicious and so very easy. I didn't change anything, and will fix this again."