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    Mermaid's Tender Roast Chicken

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    2 hrs 10 mins

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    2 hrs

    riffraff's Note:

    This is one of my newly adopted recipes. This is Mermaid's original description: The most tender, juicy chicken anywhere. My mom has made this for years. Great with baked potatoes and veggie.

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    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 325.
    2. 2
      Place 1 tablespoon oil on the bottom of glass pan.
    3. 3
      Thoroughly clean chicken, removing all excess from cavity.
    4. 4
      Put 1 tablespoon oil on a paper towel and lightly rub the chicken down with oil Salt and pepper the skin.
    5. 5
      Insert 1 tablespoon butter, garlic and some chopped onion into cavity.
    6. 6
      Place the chicken on it's back and insert one tablespoon of butter between the skin and the breast, for each breast.
    7. 7
      (You have to kind of pull the skin a little to get the butter underneath it. This is what causes the chicken to be so tender and juicy.) Cook for approx 2 hours, basting every 30 minutes if possible.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 05, 2003


      Oh me oh my, what a great recipe!!!!The chicken came out so tender I could cut it with a fork. I have to be honest, I did not cook a full bird, with the two of us in the house, I decided to try it out on two boneless skinless chicken breasts, and I must say I am very pleased with the results. I just put the butter on top, sprinkled the onions and garlic on top then popped it in the oven. I baked covered with foil for about an hour, then for the last 15 mins I took the foil off so it would brown up nicely. Thank you sooooo much for sharing this wonderful recipe.

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    • on September 09, 2006


      Awesome recipe. I used a 4.5 lb chicken and increased the oven temp to 350 degrees and cooked for the full 2 hours. Made gravy with the drippings. What a great tasting dish and so easy too! I will be making this often.

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    • on November 08, 2003


      What a great recipe! So easy, and very flavorful! My kids absolutely loved it, and it makes a great gravy to pour over your taters...I did my bird in a roaster, and cooked the first hour covered, then uncovered and basted as directed for a wonderfully browned and crispy skin. Thanks Mermaid! :)

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    Nutritional Facts for Mermaid's Tender Roast Chicken

    Serving Size: 1 (226 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 782.5
    Calories from Fat 557
    Total Fat 61.9 g
    Saturated Fat 19.6 g
    Cholesterol 236.7 mg
    Sodium 276.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 3.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
    Sugars 1.1 g
    Protein 50.7 g

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