Confession time. I have this really bad habit of cooking chicken too long and making it super dry. It’s rough guys. Like I seriously cannot balance getting the time down, and also making it not dry, but still delicious. I’ve just resulted to using my rotisserie or sticking to the stove, but I really wanted to like, try and get roasting a chicken down. It was on my food bucket list. So one day I tried something totally unconventional and unexpected, and the results were amazing.
I had tried this trick one time, when I first attempted to make a turkey breast in the oven around Thanksgiving. For whatever reason, I had never actually attempted to make roasted turkey before and the thought of totally drying it out and ruining dinner scared me too much, so I took to Pinterest and starting looking for food hacks.
I came upon one that sounded really gross to me, because this particular ingredient I don’t care for most times, but after reading rave review after rave review, I gave it a chance. The turkey came out perfectly, juicy, moist, tender, delicious. The entire family was like “Whoa, wait? What!” and devoured their plates. I don’t think they had much faith in me either!
So I decided to use that same secret ingredient, and try it with roasted chicken, and VOILA! It worked magic! My roast was just as flavorful and tender as the rotisserie but without all the work of me prepping it, and all the horrible clean up… ugh. And it didn’t cost me a bit more time to prep it, and clean up was like 3 utensils and a baking dish. So easy!
So wanna know what my secret it? Do ya, do ya, do ya? Ok… it’s… MAYO.
Crazy right? And wanna know what? I don’t even LIKE mayo. I mean, it’s ok in some dishes… but you will NEVER find me putting it on my sandwich, or dipping things into it. I. JUST. CAN’T. Very few food things give me the heebie jeebies, but mayo is one of them. Maybe because I don’t care for eggs either. Who knows… Anyway!
Hampton Creek sent me these mayos of theirs (they are egg free!) and I’ve been wanting to make something with them! They come in 4 different flavors, and by far Garlic is my favorite! Though I wouldn’t mind the Chipotle one in my Chipotle Lime Chicken recipe.
So I decided on a very Simple Roasted Lemon Chicken, because when you’ve got limited time, sometimes it’s just easier to toss something in the oven and not have to think about it. And, for real, this recipe will become a busy day go to for you and your family. My kids DEVOUR this chicken and the breast is SO moist.
Simple Roasted Lemon Chicken
- 1 whole 5lb fryer chicken, cleaned and patted dry
- Hampton Creek Just Mayo (in any flavor. but I used Garlic)
- 1 large lemon, quartered
- 5 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 clove garlic
- Salt & Pepper
Preheat oven to 450*
Start by placing the chicken in a shallow baking dish. Next, slicing the garlic clove in half, rub all over the skin of the chicken. Reserve. Squeeze the lemon juice over the entire chicken, and stuff the chicken with garlic clove halves and lemon quarters. This will create nice aromatics inside the chicken and continue to flavor it while it roasts.
Baste the entire top of the chicken with mayo, covering the skin entirely, and sprinkle with salt, pepper and fresh thyme. If desired, you can place thyme sprigs into the chicken cavity as well.
Place your chicken into the hot oven for 15 minutes to help crisp up the skin, and then reduce to 350 and cook about 20 minutes per each pound, or about an hour and a half for 5 lbs. Let rest 10 minutes and carve.