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Author Notes: This roast chicken I have been making for over a decade. It's called Divorced woman's chicken because its so flavorful that when you taste test it out of the oven, you end up eating it, standing over the counter...just like I did with many meals after a long day of work and childcare as a divorced woman. The chicken skin is crispy, the meat is moist and full of flavor from the sweetness of honey and soda and the punch of garlic. —Nicole D'Ambola
- 1 whole chicken from the butcher
- 1 1/2 cups lemon juice
- 1 1/2 cups orange soda
- 1 handful salt, pepper, onion powder
- 2 sprigs rosemary and thyme
- 2 heads of garlic
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 sticks of butter melted
- canola oil
- 4 bay leaves
- Put enough canola oil on the bottom of your baking pan to coat it, then put the chicken in. Melt the 2 sticks of butter, set aside to cool for a few minutes. In the meantime, mix together your lemon juice and orange soda. Pour the melted butter all over the entire chicken including the legs and wings. Season the entire chicken liberally with the salt, pepper and onion powder all over the chicken, including the sides and under the wings and legs. Do the same with the rosemary and the thyme. Pour the honey all over the top and sides of the chicken, including the legs and wings. Pour the lemon juice and soda mixture into the pan along with the bay leaves. Add the crushed garlic cloves to the top of the chicken.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 2 hours depending on the size of the chicken. If the chicken is on the smaller size, 2 hours should be sufficient.