Lemon-Thyme-Rosemary Roasted Smart Chicken
For Easter this year, why not serve your family a plump, juicy roasted Smart Chicken! One bite and their taste buds will say they have died and gone to heaven! This recipe is easy and oh-so-yummy! Be forewarned, though: you may have to double the recipe because your family will be begging for more once they have taken just one bite.1 whole Smart Chicken1/4 cup butter, softened1 Tablespoon fresh minced thyme1 teaspoon fresh minced rosemary, you can use up to 1 Tablespoon if you want1 teaspoon lemon zest1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice1 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper2-4 cloves garlic1 lemon, cut in half
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a roasting pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Place rack inside pan.
- Rinse Smart Chicken and pat dry. Place Smart Chicken on rack in prepared pan.
- Ina small bowl, combine butter, thyme, rosemary, zest, juice, salt and pepper. Rub butter mixture over chicken. Place garlic and lemon halves in chicken cavity.
- Bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bake for 40-45 minutes longer or until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion reads 165 degrees. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.