Honey-Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Tarragon Recipe

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Honey-Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Tarragon
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  1. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat to 425°F.
  2. Finely grate enough zest from 1 lemon to measure 1 tablespoon, then squeeze enough juice from same lemon to measure 2 tablespoons.
  3. Stir together butter, tarragon, zest, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper.
  4. Put chicken, breast side up, in a small roasting pan. Starting from neck cavity, work your fingers gently between skin and flesh of breast to loosen skin all the way to thighs without tearing. Put one fourth of tarragon butter under skin of each breast, then rub skin from outside to spread evenly.
  5. Starting from large cavity, loosen skin on both sides of cavity with a paring knife (to provide access to thighs), then work your fingers gently between skin and flesh of thighs and drumsticks. Divide remaining tarragon butter among thighs and drumsticks, rubbing skin from outside to spread evenly. Season cavity and skin with salt and pepper, then halve remaining lemon and put inside cavity along with garlic. Tie drumsticks together with kitchen string.
  6. Whisk together honey, lemon juice, oil, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Roast chicken 30 minutes, then brush pan juices and half of honey mixture over chicken and roast 10 minutes more. Brush chicken again with pan juices and remaining honey mixture and continue to roast until thermometer inserted in fleshy part of a thigh (do not touch bone) registers 170°F, about 20 minutes more.
  7. Transfer chicken to a cutting board and let stand 10 to 15 minutes before carving. Skim fat from pan juices and serve juices with chicken.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 591.12 Kcal (2475 kJ)
Calories from fat 186.01 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20.67g 32%
Cholesterol 36.81mg 12%
Sodium 5146.31mg 214%
Potassium 544.87mg 12%
Total Carbs 91.16g 30%
Sugars 18.25g 73%
Dietary Fiber 1.02g 4%
Protein 13.11g 26%
Vitamin C 17.4mg 29%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 2%
Iron 1.8mg 10%
Calcium 189.2mg 19%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 333.54 Kcal (1396 kJ)
Calories from fat 104.96 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11.66g 32%
Cholesterol 20.77mg 12%
Sodium 2903.83mg 214%
Potassium 307.45mg 12%
Total Carbs 51.44g 30%
Sugars 10.3g 73%
Dietary Fiber 0.58g 4%
Protein 7.4g 26%
Vitamin C 9.8mg 29%
Iron 1mg 10%
Calcium 106.8mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 13.3
  • 16

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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