Thursday, September 9, 2010

Mama Erin's World Famous Roasted Chicken

The buttery goodness:

After the roasting:

I love roasted chicken!!! It is a comfort food that is super easy to make and really delicious! Every time I make it for guests they swoon and want to know my secrets. There are two key things to making a really juicy roasted chicken: a HOT oven & butter! Here's how I whip up this tasty dish:

Roasted Chicken

1 5-6 lb. chicken
1 lemon, cut into wedges
1/2 onion, cut into wedges
a handful of flat leaf parsley
Salt & pepper
Old Bay seasoning
4-8 tbsp. butter

Heat oven to 425F. Prepare a roasting pan by lining it with aluminum foil (this just makes clean-up easier!) Rinse off your chicken, remove giblets & neck and then pat dry with paper towels. Salt & pepper in cavity and then stuff it with lemons, onion and parsley. Salt & pepper outside of bird & sprinkle with Old Bay, making sure to season the bottom of the bird as well. Place chicken in the roasting pan with breast side up. Put pats of butter in random spots all over the bird. Slide her into the oven!

Baste the bird with the melted butter every 20 minutes or so and roast until the bird is fully cooked 60-75 minutes. The skin should be a dark caramel color and juices from the leg joint should run clear.

Let rest for 5 minutes and then carve and devour!

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