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Simple Honey-Glazed Chicken

shutterstock_82213309The secret to truly delicious chicken is simplicity. This recipe has only five ingredients, but those ingredients create a mouthwatering, flavorful addition to your dinner table. Lemon juice, warm honey and aromatic herbs give roasted chicken the perfect balance of spicy sweetness and tang. Pair with a whole grain, like barley with spring greens, for a perfect meal. This recipe requires a two-hour marinade. *You can also marinade overnight.

Lemon Honey-Glazed Roasted Chicken

1 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

1 (3 1/2 – 4 lbs.) whole roasting chicken

1 Tbsp. dried Italian herbs (or 1/2 Tbsp. dried oregano and 1/2 Tbsp. dried basil)

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

4-5 sprigs fresh thyme

1/3 cup honey

Pour lemon juice into large bowl. Place chicken in juice. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Turn chicken over and let marinate an additional hour.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Remove chicken from marinade and sprinkle on Italian herbs, salt and pepper. Place thyme sprigs in cavity of chicken.

Place chicken breast-side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Roast uncovered for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees and roast for an additional 30 minutes.

Heat honey, and thoroughly coat chicken all over using a pastry brush. Lower heat to 350 degrees. Continue to cook until well browned, about 45 minutes, occasionally basting chicken with the natural juices and recoating it with honey. Use a meat thermometer to make sure chicken is fully cooked to 170 degrees.

If desired, use gravy separator to remove fat from pan juices and ladle juice over brown rice.

Makes 6 servings. Per serving: 4 oz.

Per serving: 225 calories, 7 g total fat (2 g saturated fat), 16 g carbohydrate, 25 g protein, 0 g dietary fiber, 76 mg sodium.

Recipe from: http://bit.ly/1gAP84G

About Julia Salomón MS, RD, CD

Julia is the corporate dietitian at Affinity Health System and also a nutrition educator. She works at various sites throughout the organization working with Affinity’s employee wellness program. She earned her Master’s degree in nutrition science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996 and became a dietitian shortly thereafter. Julia has worked on several nutrition projects abroad as well as domestically. Before joining Affinity Health System in June of 2011, she worked as a college dietitian and later in the school nutrition field. She has earned certificates of training in adult and childhood weight management. Julia has a special interest in nutrition, public health and wellness.

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