rotisserie chickens are very common in my home. they’re quick, healthy and affordable. i love when i pick up a rotisserie chicken for dinner and it has a nice crispy skin on top of rich, juicy meat. the only downside is that i usually think about how i could make it better by adding flavors and seasonings. i have roasted lots of chicken in my life but I’ve never attempted to roast a whole chicken… usually just chicken breasts or thighs. i was really excited about this one!
here are the ingredients:
- 3-5 pound chicken
- 1/2 stick of soft butter
- several sprigs of thyme
- 1 lemon
- 1 red onion, sliced or quartered
- 3 carrots, chopped
- 5-10 garlic cloves
- olive oil
- season salt
after you’ve gathered your ingredients, it’s cooking time!
- begin by unwrapping the chicken, washing with water, cleaning out the insides and then pat dry with paper towels.
- stuff the chicken with a few slices of lemon and a few sprigs of thyme.
- lightly salt and pepper the chicken and then begin to coat the chicken with soft butter using your hands. you could use olive oil here instead of butter… but c’mon.
- sprinkle salt, pepper and season salt on the chicken.
- chop 2 of the garlic cloves, mince and sprinkle on top of the chicken.
- slice the carrots and onion and peel the leftover garlic. place all of it onto a plate, add salt, pepper and thyme. then pour some olive oil on it. i think this is an easy way to coat the veggies in olive oil and then easily pop all of the veggies into the roasting pan.
- add the roasting rack and place the chicken on it. add a few sprigs of thyme and a few slices of lemon around the pan.
- roast in a 425 degree oven for an hour and a half.
the chicken was amazing and i was so excited with how it turned out! i will definitely be roasting some more chickens in the future and i already can’t wait to try out new flavor combos. the butter made the skin super crispy which is my favorite part. happy eating!