Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
A delicious, easy, foolproof recipe from Martha Stewart's Living magazine- February, 2008 edition. (You don't even need a roasting rack!)
- Let the butter and chicken stand at room temperature for 3o minutes or so.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Remove and discard any giblets, excess fat, and plastic pop-up timer, if there is one.
- To prevent burning, tuck the chicken's wing tips under the body.
- Season the cavity of the chicken, liberally, with salt and pepper.
- Roll the lemon back and forth on the counter to get the juices going. Pierce the entire surface of the lemon with the fork.
- Smash up the garlic cloves- the side of a knife does this well.
- Insert lemon, garlic and thyme into the cavity of the bird.
- Arrange the onion slices in the center of a heavy-duty roasting pan. (Arranging the onions in overlapping rows works great) Place the chicken on top with the breast side up. Tie the chicken legs together with kitchen twine.
- Spread the softened butter over the entire surface of the chicken. Season generously with salt and pepper.
- Roast the chicken until skin is crisp and the skin is a nice golden brown. The juices should run clear when the chicken is pierced with a fork- about 1 1/2 hours. The chicken will be cooked perfectly when an instant-read thermometer (inserted into the breast- then thigh) will read 165 degrees.
- Garnish with sprigs of thyme.
WOW! This was one of the best roasted chickens we have ever had. And smelled so good while cooking. I had some fresh lemon thyme so used that for added "lemon" flavor. I had some assorted fingerling potatoes that I placed around the chicken and they soaked up the great onion-lemon juices. This recipe is very simple and yet turns out such a great meal! Made for Let's P-A-R-T-Y! December Cooking Event