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Roast chicken with Meyer lemons and shallot sauce

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
20 min
1 hr
Roasted shallots are used to make an incredibly simple yet amazingly delicious sauce for a whole chicken. You can serve the carved chicken and pan sauce on top of tender greens, such as baby arugula, kale, or spinach, to complete the meal. Just be sure to have plenty of lemon wedges available on the table for squeezing over. If you've never used them before, Meyer lemons are a cross between a mandarin orange and a lemon. They have smooth canary yellow skin and are less acidic than regular lemons. If you can’t find them, this chicken dish will still be delicious using standard supermarket lemons.


Cooking spray

5 spray(s)

Raw skinless boneless light and dark meat chicken

1¾ pound(s), 1 (3 1/2 pound chicken, giblets removed)

Table salt

¾ tsp

Black pepper

½ tsp


3 item(s), Myer or regular, halved crosswise

Uncooked shallot(s)

4 small, peeled

Canned chicken broth

¾ cup(s)

Fresh parsley

1 Tbsp, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray medium roasting pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Tuck wings under chicken and tie legs together with kitchen string. Place chicken in roasting pan, breast side up. Place lemon halves in roasting pan, cut side down. Scatter shallots around chicken.
  3. Roast chicken 30 minutes; add broth to pan. Continue roasting until instant-read thermometer inserted into thigh registers 165°F, about 30 minutes longer. Transfer chicken to cutting board and let stand 10 minutes.
  4. To make sauce, when cool enough to handle, coarsely chop shallots. Transfer shallots to mini–food processor. Skim off fat from pan juices. Add pan juices and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper to food processor; pulse until sauce is smooth.
  5. Carve chicken and divide among 6 plates. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with sauce and lemon halves. Remove skin before eating.
  6. Serving size: 1/6 of chicken, 1 lemon half, and 2 tablespoons sauce