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Lemon Garlic Chicken with Roasted Vegetables

Lemon Garlic Chicken with Roasted Vegetables
4 Servings
Ingredients
1 (5-lb.) whole chicken
6 – 8 garlic cloves, chopped
1 teaspoon sea salt
3 tablespoons peanut oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
Zest of 2 lemons
Juice from 2 lemons, divided
¾ teaspoon black pepper, divided
1 pound small red new potatoes, halved
8 ounces baby carrots
8 ounces Brussels sprouts, halved
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon granulated onion
½ teaspoon black pepper
Method
Preheat oven to 450°F. 
Rinse chicken, and pat dry. Place chicken, breast side down, on a cutting board. Using poultry shears, cut along both sides of backbone, and remove backbone. (Discard or reserve for stock.) Turn chicken breast side up and open the underside of chicken like a book. Using the heel of your hand, press firmly against breastbone until it cracks (see note below).
Combine garlic, salt, oil, thyme, lemon zest, ½ lemon juice and pepper in a pureeing vessel and process until smooth. Set aside 2 tablespoons of the garlic mixture and rub remaining mixture over the chicken on both sides.
Place chicken in a large rimmed baking pan. Tuck wing tips under chicken so they don’t burn. Let chicken marinate in the garlic mixture at least 1 hour or refrigerate, cover and marinate overnight.
Bake chicken in preheated oven 10 minutes then reduce heat to 400°F. 
In a mixing bowl add the potatoes, carrots, Brussels sprouts and dry seasonings. Pour in the remaining 2 tablespoons garlic mixture and lemon juice then mix until the vegetables are coated.  Remove chicken from oven and place the seasoned vegetables around the chicken and return to oven. Bake until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 165°F, about 20 minutes.
Let stand 10 minutes before Carving chicken. Serve with pan juices.
Note: Once I remove the back bone from the chicken, I like to remove the skin by just pulling it straight off, cutting around the wings to leave the wings skin intact. I then rub it down with the garlic mixture and let it marinate overnight.

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