Roast Chicken 101

For a golden brown, juicy & delicious meal

  • Prep: 10 Mins
  • Cook: 1.5 Hours
  • Portions: 4

Ingredients You'll Need

  • Meridian Farm Fresh Roasting Chicken
  • 1 Tbsp. Butter
  • 2 Medium Onions, peeled & sliced
  • 1 Lemon
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, Peeled
  • 4 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Let chicken and butter stand at room temperature for 30 minutes
  2. Preheat oven to 425°F
  3. Rinse chicken inside and out under cold water and pat dry with a paper towel
  4. Place the palm of your hand on top of lemon and, pressing down, roll lemon back and forth several times (This softens the lemon and allows the juice to flow more freely)
  5. Pierce entire surface of lemon with a fork
  6. Using the side of a large knife, gently press on garlic cloves to open slightly
  7. Insert garlic cloves, thyme sprigs, and lemon into cavity of the chicken
  8. Cover the bottom of your roasting pan with onion slices and place chicken in pan on onion slices
  9. Spread the softened butter over entire surface of chicken, and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper
  10. Place in the oven, and roast until skin is deep golden brown and crisp, and the juices run clear when pierced, about 1 1/2 hours
  11. The chicken is done when the temperature in the thigh reads 190°F on an instant read thermometer
  12. Remove chicken from oven and let chicken stand 10 to 15 minutes so the juices settle
  13. Remove and discard garlic, thyme, and lemon and carve

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