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A whole chicken can go a long way with a family of 4, so it’s usually one of my favorite meals to make because I know that we can get at least 1-2 more meals out of it. A few years ago, I watched an interesting episode of Oprah; Cristina Ferrare was on the show, giving ideas for easy chicken dinners. Cristina shared her recipe for Roasted Chicken, and she stuffed the chicken with lemon rinds and herbs. Of course, I tried her recipe, and it was delicious; but I’ve since come up with my own way to make a honey roasted chicken. Below is a printable recipe, without photos, for your convenience. Enjoy!
First you want to remove the giblets from your chicken, and then rinse the chicken well. Place your chicken, breast side up, in a baking or roasting pan. Next you’ll need at least 1 apple and 1-2 lemons. Slice the apple and lemons up into moderate slices. When ready, stuff the chicken with as many apple and lemon slices as will fit. You can tie the legs together when done, but I usually don’t. The fruit really gives the chicken a good flavor, and it makes the chicken nice and moist when cooked. Now take a bit of sea salt, and sprinkle lightly over the chicken. Lastly, brush about 1/4 cup of honey onto the chicken, covering well. Though I didn’t do this next step, I’d recommend brushing with another 1/4 cup honey halfway through baking. You can also add a bit of water to the bottom of the pan, but it’s optional; the chicken will have plenty of juices.
Bake the chicken in a moderate oven, about 350°, for about an hour. The chicken may take longer to cook, so be sure to use a meat thermometer to check the temperature; the chicken should reach a temperature of at least 165°.
When chicken is fully cooked, slice and serve with delicious sides like mashed potatoes and green beans. These homemade bread rolls would also make a great side. We usually always get 1-2 more meals out of a whole chicken, and one meal I enjoy making with the leftover meat is these Healthy Chicken Enchiladas.