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University of Illinois Extension serving Clay, Effingham, Fayette and Jasper Counties

Main Office (Effingham County)
1209 Wenthe Drive
Effingham, IL 62401
Phone: 217-347-7773
FAX: 217-347-7775
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Branch Office (Clay County)
223 W Railroad St
Flora, IL 62839
Phone: 618-662-3124
FAX: 618-662-3191
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Branch Office (Fayette County)
118 N. Sixth Street
Vandalia, IL 62471
Phone: 618-283-2753
FAX: 618-283-4932
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Branch Office (Jasper County)
1401 Clayton
Newton, IL 62448
Phone: 618-783-2521
FAX: 618-783-2232
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm

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Recipe of the Month

Oven Roasted Chicken

1 broiler/fryer chicken
2 Tbsp. oil or Italian salad dressing
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 lemon or 1 orange, quartered
  1. If chicken is frozen, thaw in the refrigerator 24 hours before cooking.
  2. Place chicken on a pan or plate while thawing in the refrigerator.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  4. Remove necks and giblets from chicken cavity, if present before cooking. Reserve for another use.
  5. Place chicken, breast side up, in a roasting pan.
  6. Brush chicken skin with oil and sprinkle with garlic salt.
  7. Stuff lemon or orange into chicken cavity.
  8. Roast 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 hours or until meat thermometer inserted into chicken thigh registers 165 degrees.
  9. Let chicken set for 15 minutes after removing from the oven before carving.
Nutrition FactsServings per Recipe: 6 servings Amount Per Serving Calories 370 Fat 27/14g Sodium 270mgTotal carbohydrate 0g Fiber 0g Protein 29g


* Nutrition Information is per serving without chicken skin.

* If eating chicken with skin, Nutrition Information per serving: 430 calories, 27 g fat, 135 mg sodium, 0 g carbohydrate, 0 gram fiber.

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