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Roasted Chicken with Lemon Sauce

Our family loves chicken cooked many ways, but this roasted version is one of our favorites. If your family likes lemon flavor, this is a good dish to try. It’s so simple to make. —Geneva Garrison, Jacksonville, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 2 hours + standing
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 roasting chicken (6 to 7 pounds)
  • 1 medium lemon
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 medium carrots, cut into chunks
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • LEMON SAUCE:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 to 2 drops yellow food coloring, optional
  • 1 green onion, sliced

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Pat chicken dry. Cut lemon in half; squeeze juice over chicken. Place lemon in cavity. Rub garlic over chicken; sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Place chicken on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Roast 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 170°-175°, basting occasionally with pan juices and adding carrots and onion during the last hour. Cover loosely with foil if chicken browns too quickly.
  • Remove chicken from oven; tent with foil. Let stand 15 minutes before carving.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in water until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice, lemon zest and food coloring if desired.
  • Serve sauce with chicken and vegetables. Sprinkle with green onion.
    Freeze option: Cool chicken, vegetables and sauce. Cut chicken into parts and freeze along with vegetables and sauce in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through slowly in a covered skillet until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165°, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth or water if necessary. Serve as directed.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 640 calories, 32g fat (9g saturated fat), 179mg cholesterol, 414mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 3g fiber), 57g protein.

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  • styff2015
    Nov 23, 2015

    The Lemon sauce was to die for. My whole family loves it!

  • LaciChadd
    Oct 28, 2013

    I've made this over a dozen times and we gobble it up every time! Thanks!

  • bookhamster
    Feb 18, 2013

    No comment left

  • deb540
    Jan 27, 2013

    Awesome dinner....everyone liked it. We've had to change our diet to low sodium, I left off the salt, added a little no salt seasoning. Wonderful...Everyone raved about it. Wish there were more leftovers.

  • wosesmom
    Dec 16, 2012

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  • tiarks31
    Apr 28, 2011

    I put a cut up chicken in a crock pot and my family devoured it. It is an awesome fresh chicken recipe and the sauce is incredible!

  • nikispangler
    Apr 12, 2011

    This chicken was simple to prepare and tasted WONDERFUL! It got rave reviews from every member of our family! The lemon sauce was something special. I will definitely make this again, and next time I'll make it for guests!