The Best Roast Chicken

    1 hour 35 minutes

    Chicken rubbed with a mixture of butter, rosemary, garlic and lemon zest is roasted for 1 hour in this recipe you will use over and over again!

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    Serves: 6 

    • 55g butter, softened
    • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
    • 1 lemon, zested and halved
    • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
    • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
    • 1 whole chicken
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:1hour  ›  Extra time:15min  ›  Ready in:1hour35min 

    1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.
    2. Mix butter, garlic, thyme, rosemary, lemon zest, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper together in a bowl.
    3. Loosen skin on chicken breast; rub butter mixture between skin and breast meat. Press on the skin to distribute evenly. Rub oil, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper all over; place lemon halves inside cavity. Set in a roasting tin.
    4. Roast in the preheated oven, basting after 30 minutes, until chicken is no longer pink, about 1 hour. Let rest before carving, about 15 minutes.

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    This is the way I've always made my roasted chicken. I think you can't beat the flavors of rosemary, garlic, thyme, lemon, S &P, and butter. Please remember that the size of your chicken will affect the cooking time and amounts of seasonings. I figure that this recipe would be perfect for a 4 lb chicken, so a smaller or bigger chicken would require adjustments]  -  07 Oct 2017  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Loved it!! I've tried several different roasted chicken recipes and this was easy to follow and comes out perfect every time..  -  20 Sep 2017  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I only added a smudge of garlic butter on top of the chicken the last 15 mins of roasting for a flavorful, crispy skin.  -  20 Sep 2017  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)

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