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Easy recipe: Whole roasted chicken

 Whole roasted chicken (Photo: iStock)

With Christmas bells just around the corner, you may be wondering what dishes to prepare to wow your family and friends. Well, fear not, this whole roasted chicken is all you need!

Here's an easy recipe for a whole roast chicken:


One whole chicken

Four tablespoons butter, softened

Two teaspoons of salt

One teaspoon of black pepper

One teaspoon of garlic powder

One teaspoon of paprika

One teaspoon of dried herbs (such as thyme, rosemary, or sage)

One lemon, halved

One onion, quartered

Four garlic cloves, peeled

One cup of chicken broth


Preheat your oven to 220°C. Next, make sure the chicken is clean and pat it dry with paper towels.

In a small bowl, mix the softened butter, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and dried herbs until well combined.

Rub the butter mixture evenly all over the chicken, making sure to cover all areas, including under the skin.

Place the halved lemon, quartered onion, and peeled garlic cloves inside the cavity of the chicken. This will add flavour and moisture to the meat.

Truss the chicken by tying the legs together with kitchen twine. This will help the chicken cook evenly and maintain its shape.

Place the chicken on a roasting rack in a roasting pan. Pour the chicken broth into the bottom of the pan to help keep the chicken moist.

Place the roasting pan in the preheated oven and roast the chicken for about 1 hour and 30 minutes. After about 30 minutes of roasting, baste the chicken with the pan juices every 20 minutes or so. This will help the chicken stay moist and add extra flavour.

Once the chicken is fully cooked, remove it from the oven and serve with your favourite side dish. Enjoy!


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