Glazed Lemon-Honey Chicken

Instead of using lemons, you may substitute oranges or a combination of citrus.

  • Servings: 14

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter/Spring

Ingredients

  • 4 chickens, (3 1/2 pounds each)
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 6 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 cup honey
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 lemons, zests removed, halved and juiced
  • 8 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 yellow onion, quartered

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Under cold running water, wash chickens inside and out; pat dry with a paper towel. Generously season inside and out with salt and pepper.

  2. Roughly chop two sprigs rosemary. In a medium bowl, mix together honey, butter, chopped rosemary, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Set aside.

  3. Combine lemon halves, remaining four sprigs rosemary, garlic, and onion; divide among four birds, and fill cavities. Using a pastry brush, coat outside of birds with lemon-honey glaze. Place birds in a large roasting pan on rack positioned in the middle of the oven. Baste every 15 minutes, and brush with any remaining glaze. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the deepest part of the breast registers 180 degrees.and juices run clear when pierced with a knife, about 1 hour. Serve hot or at room temperature.

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