2 or 3 shallots, or 1 small onion, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
3/4 cup lemonade
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
6 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, or more to taste
1/2 teaspoon grated fresh lemon zest
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
Chicken: Mix together lemonade powder, brown sugar, paprika, hickory salt,
lemon pepper, garlic and onion powders and celery seed in a small bowl.
Open the lemonade can, pour out half and reserve for the Lemonade-Mustard
Sauce. Make two additional holes in the top of the can.
Remove the giblets; remove and discard the fat just inside the body and
neck cavities. Rinse the chicken, inside and out, under cold running water and
then drain and blot dry with paper towels. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of the rub inside
the body cavity and 1/2 teaspoon inside the neck cavity. Drizzle the oil over
the outside of the chicken and rub it all over the skin. Sprinkle the outside
of the chicken with 1 tablespoon rub mix. Set aside 2 teaspoons of rub for the
sauce. Spoon the remaining rub into the lemonade can.
Put the can in a shallow roasting pan. Lower the bird over the can so the
can fits into the body cavity. Tuck the tips of the wings behind the chicken's
Roast at 350 degrees F for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours. Allow chicken to rest five
minutes before lifting the chicken off the can.
Serve with Lemonade-Mustard Sauce.
Lemonade-Mustard Sauce: Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan over medium
heat. Add the shallots and cook until just beginning to brown, about 4 minutes.
Add the lemonade, raise the heat to high, and boil until reduced to 2 tablespoons
(about 5 minutes).
Stir in the brown sugar, mustard, lemon juice and lemon zest. Lower the
heat to medium and let the sauce simmer until thick, about 5 minutes, whisking
Taste for seasoning, adding salt, pepper and more lemon juice to taste.