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 Chicken

      1/4 cup butter, softened

      1 Tablespoon fresh minced thyme

      1 teaspoon fresh minced rosemary, you can use up to 1 Tablespoon if you want

      1 teaspoon lemon zest

      1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

      1 teaspoon salt

      1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

      2-4 cloves garlic

      1 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.
      Serves 4-5.