Roast Chicken

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Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep
30 mins
Cook
1 hr 15 mins

Southern Living

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Ingredients

Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. If applicable, remove neck and giblets from chicken and reserve for another use.
  3. Rinse chicken with cold water, and drain cavity well.
  4. Pat dry with paper towels.
  5. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon salt inside cavity.
  6. Place lemon half inside cavity.
  7. Stir together pepper, rosemary, and remaining 1 tsp salt.
  8. Brush outside of chicken with oil.
  9. Rub 2 1/2 tsp pepper mixture into skin.
  10. Sprinkle remaining pepper mixture over both sides of breast.
  11. Place chicken, breast side up, on a lightly greased wire rack in a lightly greased shallow roasting pan.
  12. Add 3/4 cup water to pan.
  13. Bake for 20 minutes; decrease oven temp to 375°, and bake 30 minutes.
  14. Baste chicken with pan juices; drizzle with melted butter.
  15. Bake 15-25 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in thigh registers 165°, shielding with foil to prevent excessive browning, if necessary.
  16. Remove chicken from oven, and baste with pan juices.
  17. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.