1 (3 1/2-4 lb)
warm melted butter
( can use less)
( use if you are a garlic-lover or use onion powder)
fresh ground black pepper
( to taste)
cold butter, divided
( cut into quarters)
celery rib, coarsley chopped
( can use a large whole lemon or two in place of the celery, see option on recipe heading)
2 (10 ounce) cans
reduced-sodium chicken broth
( makes a good base for gravy and stops the drippings from burning, can use more if desired)
- Wash chicken well with cold water inside and out.
- Pat dry using paper towels.
- In a bowl mix together 1/4 cup melted butter with vegetable oil, then rub all over the outside of the chicken.
- Season the inside of the chicken with salt and black pepper.
- Season the outside of the chicken with seasoned salt, black pepper and garlic powder (if using).
- Place the chicken into a glass dish; cover top of the dish tightly with plastic wrap.
- For best flavor cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
- Stuff onion quarters, chopped celery and/or a whole lemon/s and 2 tablespoons cold cubed butter into the cavity of the chicken, then tie legs together with butcher's twine or heavy cotton string.
- Place the chicken on a rack in a roasting pan (for extra juicy breast place breast side down on rack).
- Pour the low-sodium chicken broth into bottom of the roasting pan (keeps drippings from burning and makes a good base for gravy).
- Tent loosely with heavy foil.
- Set oven to 350°.
- Roast for about 1 hr and 10 minutes, basting with juice/liquid from the bottom of the roasting pan.
- Uncover and roast for about 20 minutes more (uncovered) or until internal temperature reaches 180°.
- Remove from oven and let rest (covered with foil) for about 20 minutes before carving.