Prep 25 mins
Cook 1 hr
What do you get when you toss a butter-and-vermouth-washed bird into a furnace hotter than the engine of a Peterbilt tractor? A bronzed beauty complimented by the flavours of lemon and herbs. You can munch on this all week long, using leftovers in sandwiches and salads. 4 servings, or 1 if eaten all week long
- 3 1⁄2-4 lbs chicken
- 1 lemon, quartered
- 1 bunch fresh thyme or 2 tablespoons dried thyme
- 6 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 4 fluid ounces vermouth
- Preheat the oven to 500°F.
- Wash the chicken and pat dry; discard the giblets.
- Squeeze the lemon inside the chicken cavity.
- Place 2 of the lemon quarters in the very back of the cavity, followed by the thyme.
- Lay the garlic cloves on top of the thyme, sprinkle with pepper, and add the remaining lemon quarters.
- Place the chicken on its back in a roasting pan.
- Melt the butter in a saucepan.
- Remove from the heat, and stir in the vermouth.
- Drizzle half the mixture over the chicken.
- Bake 20 minutes.
- Remove the chicken from the oven.
- Using a flat spatula and a carving fork, turn the chicken over onto its breast.
- Return to the oven for 20 minutes.
- Remove the chicken from the oven and turn it over, breast side up.
- Drizzle the remaining basting sauce on top.
- Roast until dark golden brown all over, about 20 minutes.
- Remove the chicken from the pan and transfer to a carving board.
- Let rest 10 minutes before slicing.
Miller, I must confess, the first time I made this, I didn't follow the directions precisely. You see, I was intimidated by the high temp and how fast the chicken was browning. Smoke filled my house as the cooking liquids spewed over inside the oven. When we tasted the finished product it was very tasty, but it wasn't cooked through. So I tried again and decided to just trust the recipe. LOL It's great. It spewed and smoked again. I just put the oven on the clean-cycle immediately after. You might be interested to know my Great Dane had first dibs and rated it highly by the look on her face when I caught her. I will be making this just to have chicken in the fridge for snacking or sandwiches, etc. And Peterbilt produces a terrific product, too. LOL Thanks!