Searching through cookbooks, leafing through food magazines and trolling through food blogs proves one fact over and over again: Cooks love making recipes with chicken.
This whole roasted chicken recipe is like a butter infused invitation to belly up to the Sunday lunch table. But it’s so easy you could totally make it any day of the week.
Chicken on the bone. Chicken with skin. Those two things give chicken a flavor all on its own.
But when you layer that baby bird with the soft, buttery mix of garlic, lemon and rosemary a totally new flavor permeates our chicken-little under, and over, the skin.
And that skin, oh that lovely, golden skin. Butter baby. It does the trick.
- 1 full chicken, at room temperature giblets and neck removed from cavity
- 2 onions, quartered
- 1 head of garlic, cut in half plus 3 garlic cloves minced
- 3 lemons, 2 cut in half and remaining half sliced into thin slices
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
- 2 fresh rosemary sprigs plus 1 sprig minced
- salt and freshly ground pepper
- ½ cup white wine
- Preheat the oven to 180° and position a rack in the lower third of the oven. Mix the butter with minced rosemary, 3 cloves of minced garlic, lemon zest, salt and pepper.
- Pat the chicken dry and rub half of the butter, garlic and lemon zest mixture under the skin and the rest over the chicken and season with salt and pepper. Generously season cavity of chicken with salt and pepper and stuff with lemon half, ½ head of garlic, 2-3 quarters of onion and 2 rosemary sprigs. Truss legs with cooking twine and tuck wings under bird.
- Place chicken in a roasting pan breast-side-up with the remaining onion, garlic, lemons and herbs. Add ½ cup of white wine. Roast for 30 minutes or until the breast is firm and just beginning to brown in spots. Using tongs, turn the chicken breast-down, baste with juices and roast for 20 minutes longer, until the skin is lightly browned. Using tongs, turn the chicken breast-side-up and baste again. Add ½ cup of water if wine has evaporated. Roast for about 20 minutes longer, until juices are running clear.
- Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and tent with foil. Remove aromatics and vegetables from the cavity, carve the chicken and serve.
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