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Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken

1 whole chicken {2-4 lb. range}


olive oil


fresh garlic




Clean the chicken, by running cold water all over it {inside and out - removing any neck/heart/etc. pieces if they are included}.  Pat dry and set in a large roasting pan on top of a wire rack.

Generously rub the chicken with olive oil and freshly minced garlic {including under the skin if possible}.  Sprinkle on parsley, salt and pepper.  Take the juice of one lemon and drizzle all over the chicken, then stuff the lemons into the chicken cavity.  Finally, take small bits of butter and place on the chicken.

Place in a 375 degree oven and cook for 2 hours, uncovered, or until a meat thermometer reads 170 degrees.  Allow to cool before eating or removing meat from bones.