Whole Oven-Barbecued Chicken

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Super-moist, with a taste of lemon, this chicken is sure to be the best you've ever tasted!

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  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grate 1/2 tsp. lemon peel; set aside. Cut lemons in half; squeeze juice into small bowl. Set aside lemon halves for later use. Add barbecue sauce and seasoning to the lemon juice; mix well. Place chicken in baking pan. Place 2 of the lemon halves and the garlic cloves inside the cavity of chicken. Rub skin of chicken with remaining 2 lemon halves and discard. Tie legs together with kitchen twine.
  • Bake 1 hour 45 min. or until chicken is cooked through (170ºF), brushing with the barbecue sauce mixture every 5 min. during the last 20 min. of the baking time. Sprinkle with reserved lemon peel during the last 5 min.
  • Meanwhile, prepare stuffing as directed on package. Place in 1-1/2-L baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; cover. Place stuffing in oven during last 30 min. of chicken baking time.
  • Remove and discard lemon halves and garlic cloves from chicken cavity. Skim fat from drippings in chicken baking pan; serve drippings with chicken and stuffing.

How to Prepare on the Barbecue

Preheat barbecue, turning off the burner on one side of the barbecue. Place chicken, breast-side up, in shallow disposable aluminium baking pan. Place pan on unlit side of barbecue; cover barbecue with lid. Continue as directed, grilling for 1 hour 45 min. or until juices run clear and chicken is cooked through (170ºF).


Substitute Stove Top Lower Sodium Stuffing Mix for Chicken for the Stove Top Stuffing Mix for Chicken.

Food Facts

If you are using a lemon for grated peel and juice, grate the peel first and then squeeze the juice. You can also freeze any leftover grated lemon peel.


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Nutritional Information

Serving Size 8
Calories 290
% Daily Value
Total fat 10g
Saturated fat 1.5g
Cholesterol 65mg
Sodium 810mg
Carbohydrate 28g
Dietary fibre 1g
Sugars 7g
Protein 22g
Vitamin A 10 %DV
Vitamin C 10 %DV
Calcium 4 %DV
Iron 20 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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  • jen.palmer |

    Fantastic - I've made this several times and it's always a big hit for every day dinners and dinners with guests - talk about easy too. I use diced garlic from a jar and I just fill the lemon halves with some each and stuff them in the chicken like that!! Making it as a Birthday Dinner request for tomorrow night!!

  • CraftyCanuck |

    This chicken was excellent! There is just the right balance between the tart of the lemon and the sweetness of the bbq sauce. The chicken remains juicy and succulent, and the sauce it creates is very tasty. Thumbs up!

  • DanaCL |

    I really enjoyed this recipe. The chicken was moist and flavourful and both my husband and I enjoyed the taste. We didn't find the lemon overpowering, although I only put one lemon half in the cavity. I will definitely make this recipe again!