This chicken is rich and flavorful, both from the simple glaze and the aromatic stuffing. Serve with roasted potatoes and a simple salad.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: about 1 1/2 hours
Yield: serves 4-6
2 three-pound chickens
6 cloves of garlic, smashed
4 sprigs of rosemary
2 lemons, one sliced and one juiced
salt and pepper
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Pat both chickens dry and season inside and out with salt and pepper. Place in a large roasting pan.
2. Stuff each chicken equally with the smashed garlic, rosemary springs and lemon slices.
3. In a small bowl, whisk the honey with the soy sauce and lemon juice. Brush each chicken liberally with this mixture (about 2/3), reserving the rest for basting.
4. Roast chickens in the middle of the oven for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 and brush all over the rest of the glaze. Return the chickens to the oven and continue to roast for 45 minutes longer, or until the juices run clear when the thighs are pierced (and the meat registers 170 degrees). Remove from oven and let rest for 15 minutes. Carve and serve immediately.