This is one of my favourite ways to make chicken and it comes out delicious every time!
1 whole fryer chicken
1 lemon, sliced
1 bunch fresh rosemary (or dried if that’s all you have)
At least 8-10 cloves of garlic, minced
Poultry seasoning (optional)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Take the chicken out of the packaging and remove any strings and giblets. Wash the chicken off in the sink and then pat dry with paper towel.
Place the chicken, breast side up, in an aluminum foil lined baking pan, sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
Meanwhile you should have quite a bit of minced garlic. Pull a bunch of rosemary off the sticks and mix it up with the garlic and some olive oil in a small bowl.
Now here is where things get a little messy! First rub a tablespoon or so olive oil all over the outside of the chicken. Then, using your finger, gentry poke underneath the skin on the breasts to lift it away from the meat, but without tearing the skin so it makes a little pocket. Now shove some of the garlic/rosemary mixture in there and then rub it around so it spreads.
Do the same thing on the other side of the breast. Now I like to also do this on the thighs and wings as well, and just get as much of the stuff under the skin as possible.
Don’t use up all of your garlic though, save a bit to rub on the outside (or just mince up some more, the more the merrier). It will probably be all over your hands at this point anyway so just wipe them off on the outside of the chicken.
You can finish off the outside of the skin with some more rosemary and black pepper. I like to sprinkle on a bit of poultry seasoning as well and rub this into the outside of the chicken, but this is not totally necessary as the garlic will give it great flavour anyways.
Take some of the lemon slices and stuff them inside the chicken with some more rosemary. Leave a few outside in the pan as well, and squeeze some of the juice over top of the chicken.
Now it’s ready to bake! Cover your baking pan with another layer of aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, remove the foil cover and continue baking for another 45 minutes.
After this you can just check to make sure it is browned up nicely, and if not then just leave it in for another 10-15 minutes until it is to your liking.
The meat should be falling right off the bone and it should be super juicy and tender!
I hope you will love it as much as I do!