+
Home Cooking

Need help marinating a whole chicken in lemon

andsoitgoes | Dec 8, 201402:02 PM     22

Hi everyone,

So I posted on another forum about this but got some fairly complicated answers, I'm hoping maybe I can get something a bit easier this go.

I'm on a restricted diet right now, so if I'm cooking it has to be extremely basic. I love lemon and shower lemon pepper seasoning over everything. I especially love it over chicken, but while I'm able to just pierce my chicken breasts and marinate then, that doesn't work for a whole chicken.

Right now I'm defrosting a 6lb organic chicken that is ready to get marinated. I cannot use things such as sugar and onions, but my regular layout is that I marinate my chicken in some amount of lemon juice and roast it with chopped zucchini, carrots and celery at the bottom of the roasting pan.

The issue is that even when I try to get a fancy "vinegarette" together and rub it under the skin (I did this my last chicken) it doesn't give me any of that lemon zing. I always toss a quartered lemon in the cavity, too.

I have real lemons, organic lemon juice and I also have had some success with the concentrated crystallized lemon packets, but it takes a LOT to do a chicken, and I still struggle quite a bit trying to figure out how much to do.

Please help! I plan on roasting it tomorrow, and I'd greatly appreciate the advice.

Thanks!

Want to stay up to date with this post? Sign Up Now ›

More from Chowhound

15 Canned Sardine Hacks for a Better Snack
Test Kitchen Notes

15 Canned Sardine Hacks for a Better Snack

by Chowhound Editors | If you're unsure how to eat canned sardines, we have some intriguing ideas for you. Usually tinned...

The Shocking Truth Behind the Triscuit Name Revealed on Twitter
Food News

The Shocking Truth Behind the Triscuit Name Revealed on Twitter

by Jen Wheeler | I love learning about the genesis of odd food names (and words in general), so the recent revelation...

The Care & Feeding of Your Sourdough Starter
Guides

The Care & Feeding of Your Sourdough Starter

by Heather Reid | Sourdough is having a moment—many people are hunkering down at home and embarking on new projects...

How to Nail Your Next Virtual Happy Hour or Dinner Party 
How To

How to Nail Your Next Virtual Happy Hour or Dinner Party 

by David Watsky | Staying in is the new going out—at least for now—and we've some fun ideas for making the most of your...

Get fresh food news delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week.