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Lemon Chicken with Croutons

WOW. That is some shiny chicken. Had to use the flash for this picture.

The recipe is from Barefoot in Paris: Easy French Food You Can Make at Home. I have come to love Ina Garten. While I'm still not a fan of the kissy-kissy bear hugs she gives her husband on TV, the story of their marriage is actually quite romantic. When the Food Network replays the Chefography episodes I recommend that you watch them. You may even come to love Giada and Rachael after watching them.

Anyhow, back to the cookbook. Full of gorgeous pictures and delicious recipes like Goat Cheese Tarts, Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic, Pear Clafouti, Pain Perdu and Chocolate Orange Mousse. Simple, elegant and delicious.

Lemon Chicken with Croutons
Makes 3-4 Servings

  • 1 (4 to 5-pound) roasting chicken
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • Good olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 lemons, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 6 cups (3/4-inch) bread cubes (1 baguette or round boule)

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.Take the giblets out of the chicken and wash it inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pinfeathers. Toss the onion with a little olive oil in a small roasting pan. Place the chicken on top and sprinkle the inside of the cavity with salt and pepper. Place the lemons inside the chicken. Pat the outside of the chicken dry with paper towels, brush it with the melted butter, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken.

2. Roast for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between the leg and the thigh. Cover with foil and allow to sit at room temperature for 15 minutes. (The onions may burn, but the flavor is good.)

3. Meanwhile, heat a large saute pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil until very hot. Lower the heat to medium-low and saute the bread cubes, tossing frequently, until nicely browned, 8 to
10 minutes. Add more olive oil, as needed, and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place the croutons on a serving platter. Slice the chicken and place it, plus all the pan juices, over the croutons. Sprinkle with salt and serve warm.

Recipe from Barefoot in Paris: Easy French Food You Can Make at Home.


  1. Oh that looks yummy! I love Ina also - and Giada is so damn cute I want to pinch her.

    For some reason, I always shy away from making a whole chicken, but maybe I'll give this a try!

  2. I love this recipe and this cookbook! My daughter is a big fan of the crunchies, as she calls them.

  3. It isn't the chicken but the croutons that look huge in that picture!

  4. lol yeah i think i cut them a little on the large side (1")

  5. I love Ina! I haven't tried this recipe yet...but after I saw yours..I am making it this weekend! Thanks!

  6. THIS LOOKS AMAZING!!!! I'm definitely going to try it!

  7. I LOOOOVE INA!!! I also love her Paris Apartment! I made this once and LOVED it! Thanks for reminds me to give it a go again!

  8. I like Rachael Ray ok, I like her show, she is just annoying like anyone else who constantly would say "Yum-O" or some other malarkey that sounds corny. Besides, she spells her name wrong and that is a tad annoying too, but she didn't choose that.

    I tried lemon chicken recently (it turned out great) but my husband (surprise, surprise) didn't like it because it didn't have just salt and oil.


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