herb roasted chicken

I want to be one of those people who roasts a chicken every Sunday, and then does creative things with it all week. To me, this is the quintessential sign of being a homemaker.

I realize most homemakers are married with children, and not 26 and living with their sister and brother-in-law.

Most true homemakers probably also existed in the 50s. I’m a feminist, I swear! But I think being a housewife could have been my calling.

Remember when I told you about this amazing DIY gift idea?!

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While loitering in my kitchen one day wearing my apron with my hair in rollers, I was lovingly gazing at my little windowsill herb garden. That’s when I decided I needed to chop them up and stuff them in a chicken! And roast it.

Herb Roasted Chicken

2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs

4 tablespoons room temperature butter

2 cloves garlic

4-5 lb chicken

salt and pepper

1 lemon

1/4 sweet onion

I chopped up some parsley, sage, thyme, basil, and chives. Do these go together, like officially? I don’t know. But they worked for my buds.

Taste buds, that is. I didn’t share my chicken with friends.

Stir the herbs and minced garlic into the butter, and then add salt and pepper. And lemon zest!

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Remove the innards from the chicken and pat it dry. Rub it all over with your herby butter. I had a hard time getting it to actually stick to the chicken skin, but you can kind of just clump it on and shove it under the skin. It works.

Stuff a quartered lemon and some big onion slices inside the chicken, and prop it up on a rack over a broiler pan.

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I’ve roasted a chicken before, but this is my new favorite cooking arrangement. The skin on the bottom gets crispy, AND I shoved some potatoes under there to cook in all the chicken juice and the melted butter that falls off the chicken.

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Roast at 450 for about 15 minutes, then lower the heat to 350 and cook 20 minutes per pound.

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I did nothing creative with this chicken. Unless you consider eating the leftovers cold, standing over the sink, sprinkling sea salt on each individual bite “creative.”

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