Classic Double Roast Chickens are flavored with rosemary and lemon, giving them a seductive aroma. This classic roasted chicken recipe saves time, yielding enough meat for three dinners for a family of four.

Cynthia Graubart
Recipe by Southern Living February 2014

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Credit: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

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hands-on:
20 mins
total:
2 hrs
Yield:
Makes 2 chickens
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375°. Stir together salt and pepper. If applicable, remove necks and giblets from chickens, and reserve for another use. Pat chickens dry.

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  • Sprinkle 1/2 tsp. salt mixture inside cavity of each chicken. Place 2 lemon halves and 1 rosemary sprig inside cavity of each chicken. Rub 1 1/2 tsp. olive oil into skin of each chicken. Sprinkle with remaining salt mixture; rub into skin. Tuck chicken wings under, if desired. Lightly grease a wire rack in a 17- x 12-inch jelly-roll pan with cooking spray. Place chickens, breast sides up and facing in opposite directions (for even browning), on wire rack.

  • Bake at 375° for 1 1/2 hours or until a meat thermometer inserted in thigh registers 180°. Cover and let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

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