Lemon Herb Chicken

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Lemon Herb Chicken

The wonderful thing about this meal is that it’s easy to prepare as well as delicious. The best part is you can pop it in the oven and enjoy time spent with family or friends while it cooks. This recipe produces an incredibly moist chicken.
Serves 4 – 6 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine the following herb mix in a small bowl:
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat parsley
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
½ teaspoon sea salt
Rinse the cavity several times and remove the giblets if included of a:
3 – 4 pound whole chicken
Grease a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish with olive oil.  Place chicken in baking dish, breast side up.  Place inside cavity of chicken:
1½ teaspoons of prepared herb mix 
½ lemon, cut in half
½ small onion, halved
cloves of garlic, sliced
Briskly whisk together:
¼ cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil 
Spread oil mixture over top of chicken.  Sprinkle remaining herbs over the skin of the chicken. Add to liquid in pan:
1 cup water 
Place in oven and bake for 1½ – 2 hours or until cooked through and no longer pink inside. The chicken should reach an internal temperature of 180 degrees when tested with a meat thermometer.
Slice and serve the chicken. Spoon some of the broth from pan over each serving.

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1)  Can I use dried spices?  Yes, but not all spices are free of allergens.  If you use dried spices, use only half of the recommended amount.
2)  What part of the fresh thyme do I use? You want to use only the leaves. Each branch of thyme is called a sprig. You can pick the leaves off if they are very fresh. Or, if they’ve dried a bit, simply run your fingers tightly down the stem of the sprig to remove the leaves. It’s actually kind of fun to do!
3)  Can I grease my pan with a baking spray?  Some baking sprays now have flour in them and most also contain soy.
4)  Is this meal free of any other allergens? This meal is corn-free, dairy-free, soy-free and nut-free.

Possible Side Dishes

This meal would be wonderful with steamed vegetables like carrots, broccoli or green beans and a side salad with a homemade salad dressing of oil and lemon juice.
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