Hey everybody, how you doin? Ever since I put up a picture of this whole roasted chicken on Facebook, folks have been asking for the recipe... so here it is. Sorry for the delay people...
Take bout 3 tablespoons of butter in a bowl, add the juice of one lime. Then drop in some Italian seasoning (optional), salt, pepper, and a few crushed cloves of garlic. Mix it up well and apply it over the chicken as seen below.
First make sure to poke the chicken all over with a fork, this allows the juices to reach the fleshy interior parts. Using your hands rub the butter mixture all over the chicken and into its cavity too. Stuff the lemon skins into the chicken... along with some freshly chopped coriander and mint leaves.
So here is the little fellow stuffed with lemon skins, coriander and mint leaves....
Place the tray in the oven and bake for 45 minutes.
Wash and cut vegetables into bite sized pieces, here I used potatoes and carrots and onions. Sprinkle a little oil, salt and pepper on them and mix them up well.
After 45 minutes the chicken would have browned a bit, turn it over and then place the vegetables in the same baking tray around the chicken. Bake for another 45 minutes...
The chicken will have gained a nice brown colour by now, and the vegetables would have cooked too. Insert a fork into both and make sure that they are indeed tender and well cooked.
The leftover chicken/vegetable juices in the pan can be used to make a little sauce to pour over the chicken.
Mix very little cornflour (bout half a teaspoon) in water and pour it into the baking tray and scrape off all the juices and browned bits of chicken and vegetables into a saucepan.
Heat this mixture over a low flame... add salt, pepper and a little ketchup (optional) according to taste.
Pour the brown sauce over the lemon baked chicken and dig in. This is a simple enough dish, no marinating required. It tastes great and I loved the vegetables along with the sauce. Guys in particular will love this dish, its juicy and succulent on the inside and the baked browned exterior is simply irresistible. The green leafy stuffing inside was just perfect... it was all minty and lemony and just too good.
So have fun with this Lemon Baked Chicken and the rustically baked vegetables.