Perfect One Hour Whole Roasted Chicken

Perfect One Hour Whole Roasted Chicken

A simplistic take on roasted chicken. The skin will be crisp and the meat will be moist and tender after being basted with butter and sprinkled with herbs. Perfect for pairing with roasted potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, or your favourite choice of vegetables. This has the makings of a hearty meal.

Servings: 1 Whole Chicken

Ingredients

Quantity

Whole Chicken

3.5-4.5 lbs., neck & giblets removed

Lemon

1, cut in half

Garlic Head

1, cut in half

Thyme, Rosemary, Parsley, and/or Sage

Few Sprigs

Butter

¾ stick (6 tbsps.)

Salt

1 ½ tsps.

Thyme

1 tsp., fresh

Lemon Pepper Seasoning

2 tsps.

Directions

1.     Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

2.     Place the chicken on a cutting board and pat it dry using paper towels. Season the inside of the cavity with ½ teaspoon of salt. Place the lemon halves, garlic head, and herbs inside the cavity. Place the chicken breast-side up in a large cast-iron skillet or a frying pan.

3.     Melt the butter in the microwave, add 1 teaspoon of salt and using a pastry brush, brush half the butter generously all over the chicken, save remaining butter do not discard. Sprinkle with the thyme leaves and lemon pepper seasoning.

4.     Roast the chicken for 20 minutes, remove from oven, brush on the remaining butter mixture. Place the chicken back into the oven and continue roasting for 25 minutes. Insert a thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh and check to make sure it registers at 165 degrees F. Continue to roast for an additional 10-15 minutes if necessary (see note). Remove roasted chicken from the oven and allow for it to rest for 15 minutes before carving.

Reference

Little Spice Jar– As seen post April 2, 2015 on

http://www.foodiewithfamily.com/maple-garlic-pepper-rub/

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