Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken

Ingredients: – 1 whole chicken (about 4-5 pounds) – 4 cloves of garlic, minced – 1 lemon, zested and juiced – 2 tablespoons olive oil

– 1 teaspoon dried thyme – 1 teaspoon dried rosemary – 1 teaspoon paprika – Salt and pepper, to taste – Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

Instructions: 1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). 2. In a small bowl, combine minced garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, thyme, rosemary, paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix well to create a paste.

1. Pat the whole chicken dry with paper towels. Place the chicken in a roasting pan or on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 2. Rub the lemon-garlic paste all over the chicken, making sure to coat it evenly, both outside and inside the cavity.

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1. If you like, you can also place slices of lemon inside the chicken cavity for added flavor. 2. Tie the chicken legs together with kitchen twine to help it cook evenly.

Roast the chicken in the preheated oven for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C). Cooking times may vary depending on the size of the chicken.

If the skin is getting too browned, you can cover the chicken loosely with foil during the last 20-30 minutes of cooking.

1. Once done, remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest for 10-15 minutes before carving. 2. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley before serving.

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