How to Roast a Chicken

"From Martha Stewart Living"
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Ready In:
1hr 30mins




  • Let the chicken and butter stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 425. Remove giblets from chicken, tuck wing tips under the body, and generously season the cavity of the chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Place the palm of your hand on top of lemon and, pressing down, roll it back and forth on a work surface several times. Pierce the entire surface of the lemon with a fork. Using the side of a large knife, gently press on the garlic cloves to open slightly. Insert lemon, garlic, and rosemary into chicken cavity.
  • In the center of a heavy-duty roasting pan, arrange the onion slices in two rows, letting the slices and rows touch. Place the chicken on top. Tie the chicken legs together with kitchen twine.
  • Spread the softened butter over the entire surface of the chicken and season generously with salt and pepper.
  • Roast until skin is crisp and deep golden brown and juices run clear when chicken is pierced with a fork, about 1 1/2 hours. Insert an instant-read thermometer into the breast, then the thigh. The chicken is ready when the breast or thigh reaches 165 degrees. Garnish with rosemary sprigs.

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  1. BrittneyHope
    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!! This was incredible. I had gotten an extremely cheap chicken from a friend of mine last year and just popped it in the freezer. I just remembered it now and figured might as well try. I did everything plus added a bit more extra seasoning and also added potatoes and carrots and a bit of bacon fat. Even being a normally dry old chicken, this chicken came out 4 star!
  2. Bobbin
    WOW! This was fantastic. My kids loved it and asked for seconds. They also asked for leftovers the next night--that says something right there. I also made this for friends and they said it was excellent. The only change I made was with the rosemary; I didn't have any fresh and our local supermarket doesn't sell it. So, I just threw in some dry rosemary. Don't know how much I used, but it was enough to give a hint of rosemary. I will definitely make this again. FANTASTIC! UPDATE: Since I have been trying to eat healthier, I have made this without the butter and the salt and pepper. It was just as good. I drizzled the top with a little olive oil in place of the butter.
  3. 5thCourse
    Great simple elegance! Easy to prepare and lovely light flavours. I got a lot of delicious pan-juice to boot! I even dug out some of the hot lemon pulp - mmm.



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