• Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cooking Time: 1 hr 30 min
  • Serves: 4 servings

Roasted Chicken with Herb Garlic Butter

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Category: Poultry, Main Dish, Inexpensive

 Ingredients List

  • One whole chicken (approx. 4-5 pound)
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 garlic cloves ”” minced or pressed
  • 1 tbsp chopped thyme, plus 1 thyme sprig
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/4 cup water


Such simple, yet delicious recipe. I highly recommend it.


Preheat the oven to 375°.

In a small bowl, mix the butter with 2 of the minced garlic cloves. Add the chopped thyme and salt and pepper, to taste.

Spread the butter evenly over the breast meat and then smooth out the skin. Rub any extra garlic-thyme butter all over the outside of the chicken.

Stuff the rest of the garlic, the thyme sprig, the lemon halves and the onion into the cavity and tie the legs together with twine.

Season the chicken with the salt and pepper and set it in a roasting pan. Roast for about 1 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when an inner thigh is pierced.

Transfer the chicken to a carving board and let rest for 10 minutes.

Pour the pan juices into a small saucepan. Add the water to the roasting pan and bring to a boil over moderately high heat; scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Simmer for 2 minutes, then pour the liquid into the saucepan. Season the jus with salt and pepper and keep hot.

Carve the chicken and serve with the jus over mashed potatoes.

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