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.
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