|Lemon Garlic Herb Roast Chicken|
|photo by recipe author|
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
- 2 cups carrots, chopped into 1 inch chunks
- 2 cups celery, chopped into 1 inch chunks
- 1 sweet onion, chopped into 1 inch chunks
- 1 pound, fingerling potatoes (or whatever potatoes you have available)
- 1/2 cup melted grass-fed butter and/or coconut oil
- 1 whole pastured chicken (3-4 pounds), defrosted if frozen
- 1 lemon, cut into wedges
- 3 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
- sea salt
- black pepper
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
Wash and chop all the veggies and set aside. Melt your butter and/or coconut oil (half and half of each is delicious) and set aside. Rinse your chicken, both inside and out. If the chicken comes with giblets, you can save those for gravy or chicken stock.
Once the chicken has been rinsed, you need to dry it. You want the skin to be very dry so that it can brown properly in the oven. Make sure you dry under the wings and in between the legs and the body. Also, dry out the body cavity if your hand will fit. The less water that is left on the bird will mean less steam and a browner and crispier the skin.
Place the dried chicken in a large baking dish, cast iron frying pan, dutch oven, or other oven safe dish. Add the thyme, bay leaves, lemon wedges, and chopped garlic to the inside the body cavity. Next, brush or rub the chicken with a couple tablespoons of butter. Generously coat the chicken with sea salt and black pepper to suit your tastes.
Next, add the chopped veggies around the chicken and then drizzle the remaining melted butter over them. Add a sprinkle of sea salt and black pepper and then it's ready to go in the oven. Place the pan in the oven and reduce the heat to 375.
Cook the chicken for 1 hour and check the internal temperature. The final temperature in the thigh should be 165°. If the temperature is not quite there, return to the oven and cook for another 30-45 minutes, or until it reaches 165°. Total cooking time will depend on your altitude, your oven, and the amount of veggies surrounding the bird. Remove from the oven and let the chicken sit for 15 minutes before cutting.
When you're done, don't forget to save the bones for homemade chicken stock!
Recipe submitted by Jessica, Denver, C