Recipe: Hot Hen with Lemon Perfume

These recipes are the concoctions of (fictitious) cartoon comic chef extraordinaire, Sherri’s neighbor and cooking mentor, Chef Chumley.  Chef and Sherri are happy to bring them to you on Wednesdays and Fridays.


Perfuming is a cooking technique that uses “aromatic herbs and spices to increase or improve the fragrance profile of a food. The term is often used when the scent/flavor in a dish is faint.” ( It’s also a technique used to make woman feel pretty and fancy for dates. So, enjoy a dinner date with our pretty dish, all dressed up and smelling delicious for your eating pleasure!



Hot Hen with Lemon Perfume


Prep time: 5-10 minutes  •  Cook time: 90 minutes • Yields 4-6 servings


1 Whole Chicken
2 Lemons
Fresh Parsley (About 7-10 sprigs)
Fresh Oregano (About 4-6 sprigs)
1-3 sprigs fresh Thyme (optional)
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Paprika
1/8 teaspoon Pepper
Olive Oil

Heat the oven to 450 degrees.

Place the chicken into a cooking tin.

Pour some olive oil into a bowl. Using a brush, lightly paint the inner cavity of the chicken and the skin with olive oil.

Slice one lemon into wedges. Place half of the lemon wedges inside the cavity of the bird. Rinse the herbs and put them into the cavity with the lemons. Position the other lemon wedges around the chicken (between the wings and body, between the legs and body).

Press down on the second lemon, slice in half and squeeze the juice over the top of the chicken.  Sprinkle the three spices over the top of the chicken.

Place the chicken in the oven for 15 minutes at 450 degrees. After those 15 minutes, lower the temperature to 350 degrees and cook 20 minutes for every pound of chicken.


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