Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tuesday is my favorite night of the week.... Greek-Inspired Roasted Chicken

I love Tuesday nights.  We're all home.  We don't have to go anywhere, do anything, be anything except a family.  We do homework, play Mario Kart, eat together, laugh together.   It's my favorite. 

So it deserves a good meal.  Something homey.  Tonight it's a Greek-inspired Roasted Chicken.  I tell you, my house smelled FANTASTIC.  And that is not a word I use often. And it's really easy, you just have to have a little time to be home.  And tonight was that night.

One chicken- rinsed, patted dry, insides removed
One lemon
One head of garlic  (I think I got about 6-7 cloves, it was a small head)
Olive oil

After you rinse and dry the chicken, put it in a nice roasting pan.

Cut the lemon in half, squeeze the juice over the chicken.

Stuff the lemon and garlic inside the chicken.

Sprinkle the whole thing with oregano.

(I let mine sit for a few hours at this point, just because I had the time.)

Set the oven to 425.  Figure out how long you need to cook the chicken.  You'll need 20 minutes per pound.  My chicken was 5.5 lbs, so it took 1 hour and 50 minutes.

Roast the chicken for 20 minutes at 425.

Then turn the oven down to 350 and finish the chicken at that temperature.  (My chicken was at 350 for 1 hour 30 minutes.)  Enjoy the smell your house will take on.  This chicken smelled so good, that I forgot to take pictures.  I was so anxious to eat it!!

Pull it out and let it rest for 10-20 minutes. 

Serve it up, and enjoy.  YUM!   


  1. do you just put the lemon halves in the middle of the chicken, or do you cut it up? (ErinJo from H@H)

  2. I just put the halves right in. Thanks for asking, Erin!

  3. another yummmy looking recipe and I enjoy the pics. is that stove top dressing?

  4. It's an Aldi brand stuffing, herb de provance. It was also very good..... had some different herbs in it, including lavendar. Really good.