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Instead of a lemon (which i find overwhelming) i peeled off a good amount of lemon rind and stuck that in the cavity. the fresh herbs make all the difference and so too does sprinkling salt under the skin. Very good, simple recipe!
Great idea Annie!
I was surprised at how flavourful the chicken was. I used Italian parsley, rosemary, and basil to stuff the chicken. Realised halfway through cooking that I forgot to add the bay leaves! Still turned out delicious, and I liked how fancy the chicken looked with the herbs bursting out after being cut into. This one is going on the dinner rotation.
Hi Jo, I’m so glad you liked the chicken! Those herbs make all the difference.
Loved this recipe! Simple, delicious, and used herbs from the garden. Would definitely make this again. Organic chickens from costco are always 5lbs not 3 like the grocery :)
Also my first time cooking a whole chicken. Didn’t have a lemon so tossed in an onion instead, and it still was delicious, but I want to try it again with the lemon too. I was able to toss the whole carcass, onion and all, into a stockpot for broth, which is smelling excellent. Just wondering, do you have any good tips for carving a whole, hot chicken? I’ve never done a whole turkey before either, and my butcher job has me nervous before thanksgiving!
I think if you look up “how to carve a turkey” in Google, you’ll find plenty of videos. Carving a large chicken is similar. ~Elise
This was the first time I ever cooked a whole chicken. I made it for my boyfriend and myself. In fact, we’re still eating and it’s AMAZING! I forgot to add the parsley and bay leaves and even without those, it’s pretty darn good.
Oh my, was this delicious! I made this last night when I thought company was coming over. They ended up staying home and so I had this amazing chicken all to myself. It was hard to not eat the entire thing! Thank goodness I used a small chicken!
This chicken looks really delicious. It’s perfect for spring/summer when fresh herbs are plentiful. I am intrigued by the addition of bay leaf. Question: have you ever found that lemons lend a bitter taste to the pan juices? For this reason, I have just squeezed the juice of half a lemon inside the cavity rather than tossing in the whole thing.