Weeknight Cooking

Roast Chicken Will Never Be the Same

March 19, 2015

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Today: A better version of 1960s-style "sticky chicken." 

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This recipe is a much-needed update on something called "sticky chicken," a 1960s concotion in which apricot jam, Russian dressing, and onion soup mix come together in a savory caramel. This version puts sticky chicken in its rightful place: the past. A rich seasoning blend of garlic, basil, oregano, and thyme replace the Russian dressing and the sweet apricot jam (which you should save for breakfast tartines) is swapped out for fresh and tangy citrus. 

There's no soup mix in this recipe, so if you are feeling nostalgic, whip up a batch of onion dip to snack on during the eight-hour roasting process. Due to its long, inactive cook time, Slow Roasted Lemon Chicken is a perfect weekend project. 

Slow Roasted Lemon Chicken

Serves 4 to 6

For the rub mixture:

2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
2 tablespoons granulated garlic
2 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

For the chicken:

One 4- to 5-pound whole chicken
1 lemon, halved
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons rub mixture (see above)
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
8 to 10 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons flour (optional)
2 cups chicken broth (optional)

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Jill S. March 19, 2015
How can this recipe be modified in terms of temp/cook time for whole bone in skin on chicken breasts?
Amy March 19, 2015
This sounds amazing! I'm always worried about cooking Roast Chicken, so I can't wait to try this! :) Thanks for the great Recipe! XX.

donna1963 March 19, 2015
This sounds delicious but how is it an update of “60s sticky chicken" when it is a completely different recipe?