How to make it

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Remove giblets, rinse the chicken inside and out. remove any excess fat and pat dry.
  • Place the chicken in a large roasting pan and liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken.
  • Stuff the cavity with the thyme (and/or rosemary), (reserving enough thyme to garnish the chicken dish,) 1 lemon, halved, and 2 halves of the garlic.
  • Brush the outside of the chicken with the butter and sprinkle again with salt and pepper.
  • Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken.
  • Cut 2 of the lemons in quarters and scatter the quarters and remaining garlic around the chicken.
  • Lay the bacon slices over the chicken to cover.
  • Roast the chicken for 1 hour.
  • Remove the bacon slices from the top of the chicken and set aside. Continue roasting the chicken for an additional 1/2 hour, or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh.
  • Remove to a platter and cover with aluminum foil while you prepare the gravy.
  • Remove all but 2 tablespoons of the fat from the bottom of the pan. Add the wine and chicken stock and bring it to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, or until reduced by half
  • Garnish the chicken platter with the bacon slices, roasted garlic, reserved thyme and 1 lemon, sliced.
  • Serve with the gravy.

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  • TinkerBB 4 years ago
    Help me somebody ! I made this and the sauce was bitter from the lemons. Yes, I seeded the lemons, Yes my ingredients were fresh, Yes my chicken was brined the night before. I baked it around noon the next day.Garlic and chicken were Yum,YUM but I wanted to serve the wine sauce over brown rice but it was so bitter from lemons I could not use it.Please tell me what I did wrong !
    ( Lemons were firm & fresh)
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  • sandygalesmith 8 years ago
    Looks good.Even sence that I sent her my recipe on my dip.Yes my Sandy's Dip.I received an photo of her.
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    " It was excellent "
    lasaf ate it and said...
    I like Ina too. She is just so mellow. I bet she has a temper though. This is a great recipe. I made it last week. I should have made two chickens.
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  • haolewife 9 years ago
    I love this! She's one of my favorites!
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    " It was excellent "
    gourmetana ate it and said...
    This is my cup of tea! Love it! *5*
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    " It was excellent "
    berry ate it and said...
    Wow Pamela... this is great!I love all ingredients here... High 5!
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    " It was excellent "
    mjcmcook ate it and said...
    ~ Hello ~
    I am so pleased that You posted this
    "5"FORK!!!!! 'Lemon/Chicken recipe ~
    I lost the recipe and was so distraught!
    I will now bake it very soon for
    my Family ~
    Blessings ~ ~*~ mj ~*~
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    " It was excellent "
    sparow64 ate it and said...
    Thanks so much for sharing! She is the BEST! High 5! This is on the menu next week.
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