Lemon Parsley Roasted Chicken

Store-bought rotisserie chicken is a staple for quick and easy dinners, especially in the busy families schedule. Although I too love to buy rotisserie chicken from my local organic grocer, and even often suggest this as an ingredient to help busy moms create great everyday meals, there’s also something really special about roasting your own.

Cooking on a rotisserie is a different technique than roasting. However, the results of this simple recipe yields such a great tasting meal that will not compare to the store bought kind.

  • 1 – 2/2.5 lb organic whole roasting chicken
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of Italian parsley – chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic – chopped
  • 1 lemon – cut into rounds
  • 3 clementines – cut into wedges
  • 2 1/2 tbl of salt
  • Fresh cracked pepper

Heat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, take the room temperature stick of unsalted butter and add the chopped parsley and minced garlic. Take a pinch of salt and pinch of black pepper and gently mix with your fork.

Take the butter and massage it on your whole roasted chicken, getting in between the skin and breasts. This will help in keeping the chicken breasts moist during roasting.

Take the lemon wheels and also place them in between the chicken breast and skin. Take a pinch of salt and pepper and sprinkle them in the chicken, then stuff it with the clementine wedges.

Liberally salt and pepper the entire chicken and place it in a roasting pan. Roast in the oven covered with foil for about 1 hour. After one hour, uncover the roasted chicken, and turn up the heat to 420 degrees and roast for another 35-45 minutes.

Take your meat thermometer and make sure the chicken in fully cooked at 165 degrees. The it rest for 5-10 minutes before carving.

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