Lemon-Rosemary Roasted Chicken with White Wine Sauce

Tangy flavor make the chicken dish stand out, accompanied with tasty condiment.

  • Prep Time 35 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 40 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

Chicken

1/4
cup olive oil
1 1/2
tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2
tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon freshly ground pepper
3
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1
whole broiler-fryer chicken (3 to 3 1/2 lb)
2
small lemons, each cut into quarters
1
head garlic, unpeeled and cut in half crosswise
1
cup chicken broth, more if needed

Sauce

2
shallots, finely chopped
1 1/3
cups chicken broth
3/4
cup dry white wine or chicken broth
1
fresh rosemary sprig
1/4
cup cold firm butter, cut into 4 pieces
1
teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 1 Heat oven to 425°F. (Roasting chicken at a high temperature results in moist, evenly browned chicken. Position V-shaped rack in heavy roasting pan. Spray rack with cooking spray.
  • 2 In small bowl, mix oil, 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons rosemary, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and the chopped garlic.
  • 3 Rinse cavity of chicken and pat dry with paper towels. Use your fingers to loosen connection between skin and breast meat, slowly working your way under skin. Continue over entire chicken. Generously spread oil mixture under skin, working it over the thighs, breast and drumsticks.
  • 4 Spread thin coat of oil mixture over outside of skin. Place lemon quarters and garlic halves in cavity of chicken. Use kitchen twine to tie legs of chicken tightly together. Place chicken, breast side down, on oiled rack. Pour 1 cup broth into bottom of pan. Insert meat thermometer so tip is in thickest part of inside thigh and does not touch bone.
  • 5 Roast chicken uncovered 30 minutes. Use kitchen tongs or two long-handled wooden spoons to turn chicken breast side up. Check to see if there is still liquid in bottom of pan. If not, add 1/4 cup broth. Roast 30 to 35 minutes longer or until thermometer reads 180°F, juice is no longer pink when center of thigh is cut, and legs move easily when lifted or twisted. Remove chicken from rack and place on platter. Cover tightly with foil; set aside.
  • 6 Remove V-shaped rack from pan. Place pan over two burners and heat to boiling over medium-high heat. Boil any remaining liquid in pan until dry. Add shallots and cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until soft. Pour 1 1/3 cups broth into pan and heat to boiling, scraping any browned bits from bottom of pan.
  • 7 Add wine and rosemary sprig to pan. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally. Boil 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sauce is reduced to a little less than 1 cup. Remove from heat. Beat in butter, 1 piece at a time, with wire whisk, adding the next piece only after the first has been completely beaten in and melted. Stir in 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Remove lemon quarters and garlic halves from cavity of chicken. Serve chicken with sauce.

Expert Tips

Why it Works: Hitting the Sauce Sauces are one of the cleverest inventions in the kitchen. Although many people think sauces are only for masking a poorly cooked dish, their true purpose is extending the flavor of your meat. When you fry meat and vegetables, especially when the pan is not nonstick, crispy bits of meat juices collect and glaze the bottom of the pan. This glaze, called the “fond” (French for bottom), contains concentrated meat flavor. To release the fond, deglaze the pan by adding liquid such as stock, wine or juice. This simple sauce can now be thickened, concentrated (by boiling) or enriched by adding butter.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
360
(
Calories from Fat
230),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
26g
26%
(Saturated Fat
8g,
8%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
105mg
105%;
Sodium
660mg
660%;
Total Carbohydrate
4g
4%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
0g
0%
),
Protein
28g
28%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%;
Vitamin C
8%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.