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Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken

Posted Nov 16 2012 7:00am

Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken

Entrees , Firefighter Friday November 16, 2012

Happy Firefighter Friday everyone!

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I’ve been contemplating various meals, sides, and desserts that the guys at your local fire station might be making. Many of them will be on duty, wishing they were at home with their families (or, perhaps not ;-) ), but either way, I wanted to include a recipe that would be feasible for them to make. That’s where this comes in….

Overwhelmingly messy, but unbelievably delicious and easy to prepare!

I realize many stations may not have time for cooking a turkey, but this roast chicken will rival it any day!

With only a few accoutrements and little prep work, this makes the perfect meal idea for anyone looking to avoid working with a 20 pound hunk of meat.


Adapted from this recipe

1 (4-5 pound) organic chicken

2 T. butter or coconut oil, semi-solid

1 head of garlic

1 large lemon

1 large handful of fresh parsley


freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 420 degrees. Rinse chicken inside and out. Pat dry with a paper towel. Place into a baking pan that has a fitted lid. Rub the oil or butter on the outside of the skin all over the chicken. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Remove the cloves from the head of garlic, and smash them with a knife (don’t peel them!). Place them, along with the parsley, inside the cavity of the chicken. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice over the chicken and into the base of the pan. Place the lemon halves inside the chicken as well. Cover the pan and place it in the oven. Cook the chicken for approximately 90 minutes (it should not be pink upon cutting). Let it sit and cool for about 10-15 minutes (this allows the juices to settle back into the meat).

Luckily this year, my husband will be home, but it would break my heart to think of him at work with no good food to enjoy!

Does anyone know someone who will be working this Thanksgiving?

Are there any turkey haters out there?

I love turkey! When I was younger, my family would have a fancy dinner spread for just about every major holiday, and I always wanted the same turkey meal we had for Thanksgiving. :-)

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