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    Mom's Foolproof Butter-roast Chicken

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    1 hrs 15 mins

    15 mins

    1 hrs

    EdsGirlAngie's Note:

    This was the method my mom used to roast chicken: relatively high temperature, a little butter, no basting. It turned out wonderfully each and every time; I'm glad to be able to share her technique with everyone.

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    • 3 1/2 lbs chicken, cleaned,with skin
    • 2 tablespoons butter (olive oil works, too)
    • 1/2 lemon
    • salt and black pepper


    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
    2. 2
      Pat dry the chicken and rub the inside with half of the lemon; squeeze the juice inside also and place in chicken cavity.
    3. 3
      Season cavity with salt and pepper.
    4. 4
      Rub outside of chicken with butter, season to taste with salt and pepper, and truss chicken.
    5. 5
      Place chicken breast up on a rack in a roasting pan in the center of the oven.
    6. 6
      Roast about one hour or until chicken juices run clear, or until thickest part of the thigh registers 185 degrees F on a meat thermometer.
    7. 7
      Remove chicken from oven and let stand 10 minutes before carving (for juicier meat).
    8. 8
      Note: At no time during roasting is basting required.
    9. 9
      Leave the oven door closed.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 22, 2004


      This technique IS great. I use it often. If the chicken is larger than 4 pounds, I do it at 400° for the first hour then 375° to finish cooking (so the skin is perfectly browned). It really doesn't need to be basted at all. I use a mixture of butter and olive oil (2 tablespoons each or more) and put some between the skin and the breast. Excellent!!!

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    Nutritional Facts for Mom's Foolproof Butter-roast Chicken

    Serving Size: 1 (275 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 572.8
    Calories from Fat 379
    Total Fat 42.1 g
    Saturated Fat 14.0 g
    Cholesterol 196.3 mg
    Sodium 210.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 1.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.6 g
    Sugars 0.0 g
    Protein 45.1 g

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