Makes 4-6 Servings
- 1 (5 to 6-pound) roasting chicken
- 1 large bunch fresh rosemary
- 2 lemons
- 1 head garlic, cut in 1/2 crosswise
- salt and pepper
- olive oil
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Rinse the chicken inside and out. Remove excess fat. Place the chicken in a large roasting pan. Salt and pepper the inside of the chicken. Stuff the cavity with the rosemary, 1 lemon, halved, and garlic. Brush the outside of the chicken with the olive oil then salt and pepper. Tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken. Slice the other lemon and tuck under wings and legs and place a few slices on top of the chicken.
Roast the chicken for 1 and1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh. Remove to a platter and cover with aluminum foil to rest for 15 minutes. Cut the wings, legs and thighs off and place on serving platter. Cut chicken breast down the middle on either side of the breast bone as far as you can, then slice the breast horizontally near the bottom of the chicken. Slice breast into smaller pieces so everyone can have a piece and place on serving platter with rest of chicken.
Garnish with lemon and rosemary sprigs.