Simple Lemon Roasted Chicken

    3 hours 10 mins

    A whole chicken sprinkled with fresh lemon and paprika is cooked slowly with lemon halves inside. This recipe is very easy and the chicken always stays tender and moist.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 1 large roasting chicken
    • 1,1/2 tablespoons salt
    • 1 lemon, halved
    • 3 teaspoons paprika
    • 250ml (1 cup) water

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:3hr  ›  Ready in:3hr10min 

    1. Preheat oven to 150 C.
    2. Rub chicken with salt inside and out. Squeeze lemon juice from lemon halves over outside of chicken, then rub paprika over all.
    3. Place squeezed lemon halves inside chicken cavity, then place chicken in a lightly greased 23x30cm baking dish.
    4. Pour a little water over chicken to prevent drying.
    5. Bake in preheated oven for 3 hours, basting as needed.

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    I made this dish last night for dinner, but I modified it a bit. I rubbed the chicken with butter and lemon juice on the outside, then I followed it with Mrs. Dash. I also rubbed the insides with Mrs. Dash before inserting the cut lemons. After the chicken was ready, I added about 2 cups of water to the pan, and followed it with about 3 cups of instant rice. While the chicken cooked, the rice cooked. The juices & lemon from the chicken seasoned the rice. I covered it with foil and let it cook for two hours (it was a smaller chicken). The last fifteen minutes I took off the foil and let it broil to just crisp the outer layer of skin. Last minute mix the rice, and you're set to carve the chicken. A whole dinner made in one dish. Great recipe. Would make again. Family loved it.  -  09 May 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Absolutely the juiciest chicken I've ever had. I was a bit alarmed by the amount of salt and paprika, but I went ahead and followed the recipe. I think the salt & paprika form a crust which seals in the juices because I've never had such a juicy, tender chicken. I will be making this again!  -  29 Oct 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This chicken is sooo easy- it is tender, moist and delicious!! I used 1T of salt on the outside and 1-2t of salt for the inside. I do have one suggestion-seal the entire chicken in foil with 1/4C water, place in a roasting pan and cover. Put the chicken in the oven for 3 hrs and forget about it. This eliminates the need for basting. You'll have the juiciest chicken!  -  10 Jun 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)