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INA Friday’s – Lemon Chicken with Croutons

Winter’s have officially arrived in Perth and I love it. Sadly the winter’s here are not terribly exciting but there is a nip in the air and you can feel your body aching for some warmth all the time. Winter’s have to be my favorite time of the year, I wait for them like a lover who is waiting for the object of their desire to come back from their yearly holiday.

I love the winter jackets, mittens, socks, boots and coats that one gets to wear during this time, I love the way the cold breathe escape our mouths every time we talk, I love holding a warm Coffee cup in my my hands and touching it against my cheeks to give me warmth.

There is also something deliciously comforting about a warm oven on a cold evening. So for this month’s INA Friday where our choice was from a whole range of Ina Garten’s Main dishes, I decided to make a Lemon Chicken with Croutons.


Now I have made Roast Chicken several times but this time I used Butter to coat the Chicken and served it on a bed of Croutons. The Butter just gave it a lovely crispy skin and the Lemon’s inside the Chicken meant the Chicken was nice and Juicy from the inside.


The best thing is I had to literally do nothing, I just stuck everything in the oven, poured me a Glass of Wine and watched a movie. By the time the Movie was over and the wine was gulped down the Chicken was ready. Now why wouldn’t you make that :) The Chicken was so juicy it almost fell off the bone. I served it with some Peas and Carrots.


Do visit these amazing bloggers who are a part of the INA Friday groups.

Alyce Morgan, Anchie Dhar         Mireya Merrit, Barbara Williams, Rocky Mountain Woman @  Nancy Lima, Veronica Gantley, Linda @  Chaya Selig, Martha McKinnon, Minnie Gupta @

Ingredients (Cooking time 1 hour 30 minutes)1 (4 to 5-pound) roasting chicken
1 large yellow onion, sliced
Good olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 lemons, quartered
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
6 cups (3/4-inch) bread cubes (1 baguette or round boule)
Preheat the oven to 200 Degrees C

1) Take the giblets out of the chicken and wash it inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pinfeathers. Toss the onion with a little olive oil in a small roasting pan. Place the chicken on top and sprinkle the inside of the cavity with salt and pepper. Place the lemons inside the chicken. Pat the outside of the chicken dry with paper towels, brush it with the melted butter, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken.2) Roast for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between the leg and the thigh. Cover with foil and allow to sit at room temperature for 15 minutes. (The onions may burn, but the flavor is good.)

3) Meanwhile, heat a large saute pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil until very hot. Lower the heat to medium-low and saute the bread cubes, tossing frequently, until nicely browned, 8 to 10 minutes.

4) Add more olive oil, as needed, and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place the croutons on a serving platter. Slice the chicken and place it, plus all the pan juices, over the croutons. Sprinkle with salt and serve warm.Recipe Courtesy : Ina Garten

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Love the color on the chicken! And this kind of cooking is my favorite.. assemble, leave it to cook and then go eat !


Welcome back :) Wish life was so easy as well, where we could just assemble everything and come back to something as perfect as this.

Mireya Merritt

Roast chicken can’t be beat for baking simplicity. I love to throw in extra garlic, onion and bell peppers to accompany.

Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits

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I’m sorry I’m so tardy getting here! I was away too long, but had a wonderful vacation. I’ve made this gorgeous chicken a few times on the advice of my HAIRDRESSER! It’s luscious and the leftovers are so wonderful to have in the fridge. I just realized your photos are taken with your iphone; I think they’re amazing. Happy Wednesday! Keep cooking and writing!


Thank you so much for stopping by, it must be so hard to get back to a normal life after a fab vacation. Sigh, I need one.

Yes, the Chicken was delish and it was such a perfect leftover in my fridge. And yes I don’t have a real camera so my sad little attempt to do food photography is with my trusted I Phone.

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