Siska’s Kitchen: Lemon Chicken
1 hour and 20 min.
1 organic or free range chicken 1, 4 – 1, 6 kg
1 organic lemon
salt & pepper
1. Preheat your oven to 475° F / 240° C.
2. Season the chicken by rubbing it all over with salt and pepper.
3. Wash the lemon, prick it all over with a fork and put it inside the chicken’s cavity.
4. Place the chicken in a roasting tray and put it into the oven.
5. Turn the heat down to 400° F / 200° C and cook the chicken for 1 hour and 20 min. (as a general rule, calculate a cooking time of 50 min. per kilo).
6. When cooked, let the chicken rest for 10 – 15 min. before serving.
To get the best result, the chicken should have room temperature before going into the oven, thus take it out of the fridge 30 min. before cooking it.
I am a big fan of doing roast vegetables with the chicken. My favorite is carrots, sweet potatoes, garlic and thyme, but most vegetables will do great with the chicken. I wash the veggies if necessary, but there is no need to peel them. I chop them roughly and break the garlic into cloves unpeeled and throw everything into the roasting tray with the chicken for the last 25 min. of cooking.
The juice from the chicken and lemon will leave a gorgeous gravy for the veggies. If there is any leftovers from the chicken, they can be turned into a salad, a gluten free sandwich or burger or a soup. Leftovers from the gravy, you can put in the freezer for use later as a base for a stock, soup or gravy.
About Chef Siska
Happy to meet you! My name is Siska Sommer. I am the food enthusiast behind Siska’s Kitchen, 40 years old and from Denmark.
Cooking has been my passion from a very young age, and I love every step of the process leading to the intake of food.
Cooking is my creative expression, where I find balance, energy and enjoyment, and nothing makes me more happy or grateful than creating a new dish or sharing a delicious meal with the people I love.
Cooking should be about feeding yourself and your loved ones with nourishing, tasty food that enhance your enjoyment, wellness and vitality. To me that means quality, animal welfare and homemade food, cooked with love and presence, from ingredients in its natural state, organic, free from GMO, chemicals and additives.
I do not preach a certain diet. Nevertheless, I do not use gluten, sugar, low fat dairy and very seldom grains in my recipes. This is due to the fact that the intake of these makes me low on energy, happiness and health. If you can thrive on gluten, sugar or grains, go ahead. I strongly believe that the only expert on your body is you. Listening to your body’s signals is the best way to stay healthy and in balance.
When it comes to my recipes, my goal is to inspire. Feel free to change the ingredients along the way, and do not let my directions interfere with your instinct, senses and enjoyment of the process.