2 cloves garlic
1/2 bunch fresh parsley
3 sprigs fresh rosemary
1 tbsp (15 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp (5 mL) salt
1/2 tsp (2 mL) pepper
2 tbsp (25 mL) all-purpose flour
1 cup (250 mL) sodium-reduced chicken stock
Remove giblets and neck from chicken.
Using side of chef's knife, smash garlic. Rub inside of chicken cavity with garlic; put garlic in cavity.
Halve lemon; squeeze out juice and set aside. Put lemon halves, onion and parsley into cavity. Tie legs together with kitchen string; tuck wings under back. Place, breast side up, on rack in roasting pan. Tuck rosemary under chicken.
In small bowl, stir together reserved lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper; pour over chicken. Pour 3/4 cup (175 mL) water into pan. Roast in 375°F (190°C) oven, basting occasionally and adding 3/4 cup (175 mL) water halfway through, until meat thermometer inserted in thigh registers 185°F (85°C), 1-1/3 to 1-1/2 hours in convection oven, 1-3/4 to 2 hours in conventional oven. Discard contents of cavity; tip juices from cavity into pan drippings. Transfer chicken to platter and tent with foil; let stand for 20 minutes before carving.
Skim fat from pan juices. Sprinkle with flour; cook over medium-high heat, stirring, for 1 minute. Pour in chicken stock and any juices from platter; boil, stirring, until thickened, about 3 minutes. Strain into warmed gravy boat. Serve with chicken.