Maya Angelou's Roasted Chicken

Eat Well With This Chicken Recipe

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Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Maya Angelou shares one of her favorite dishes, roasted chicken. Give it a try tonight with your family.


  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • One 8- pound roasting
  • chicken
  • 2 tablespoons (¼ stick) butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or more if
  • desired
  • ½ teaspoon pepper, or more
  • if desired
  • 1 unpeeled Granny Smith
  • apple, cored and cut into
  • pieces
  • 1 celery stalk, cut into
  • medium- sized pieces
  • ½ cup chopped green lettuce
  • Cooking Directions

    Preheat the oven to 350°F.

    In a small cup, mix together the lemon juice and 1 cup

    water. Set the lemon aside.

    Wash the chicken in the lemon juice mixture. Pat dry.

    Rub butter over the chicken.

    Liberally salt and pepper the chicken outside and inside.

    Place the apple and celery in the chicken cavity. Place the

    chicken in a roasting pan.

    Place an extra- large piece of aluminum foil over the

    chicken, leaving a generous air pocket over the top of the

    chicken so the foil does not touch it. Crimp the ends of

    the foil to the sides of the pan, creating a tent.

    Bake the chicken in the tent for 1- ½ hours, partially

    removing the tent periodically to baste with panjuices.

    Remove the foil and reduce the oven temperature to 325°F.

    Bake the chicken uncovered for 30 additional minutes.

    Once the chicken is done (when the internal temperture

    reaches 160°F) done, remove the skin and slice for serving.

    Serve with simple lettuce and garnish with a very thin

    slice lemon, if desired.

    This recipe was styled by chef Karen Pickus for Good Morning America.

    This recipes is courtesy Dr. Maya Angelou from her cookbook "Great Food All Day Long"

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: lemon, chicken, butter, granny smith apple, celery, lettuce

    Course: Dinner

    More Info: Kid Friendly

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