Monday, 2 May 2011

Butter Basted Roast Chicken

There's nothing better than a roast chicken for sunday lunch. Can you believe that three years ago I had never cooked a chicken?! I hadn't LIVED!!

I usually rub my chicken skin with some olive oil, salt and pepper and shove it in the oven. But yesterday I thought, heck, let's try something different. I've been reading about different ways to prepare your bird for the oven and several blogs recommend butter rather than oil... 

So, I slathered (such a good word) my washed and dried chicken with about 4 tablespoons of salted butter, making sure to get in all the nooks and crannies. I seasoned all over with salt, pepper, 1 tbsp dried rosemary and patted 2 tbsp paprica all over the skin. It made for a very pretty bird:

Then I shoved a half a bulb of garlic and half a lemon up it's butt and chucked it in the oven. Easy peasy.

Hand on heart, I am now a butter basting convert. The chicken was tender and moist with crispy skin, fragrant with the lemon, and the paprica gave the skin a sweet smoky flavour. And, get this.... I DIDN'T BASTE ONCE! Talk about easy! We accompanied it with a quick Dauphinoise Potato (thankyou Jamie's 30 Minute Meals) candied carrots (alas no photo, sorry) and steamed broccoli. Went down a treat. Followed it up with some refreshing Grapefruit Granita.

Unfortunately, not all went to plan. I always use the chicken carcass to make stock because, frankly, homemade stock kicks ass - specifically stock cube's ass - and it has the pleasant side effect of making the flat smell chicken-y all day. But not today.

I left it on a high heat and it boiled away to nothing...

Ah, well.

I guess I'd better cook another chicken.



  1. Ha...a lot can go wrong when we leave the stove running...I like marinading my bird with garlic, pepper, salt and olive oil overnight before roasting the sucker.

  2. Ooh, marinading overnight - good tip, thanks! Thanks for reading!

  3. What was the sauce you served with chicken when we came to yours? It was herby. I think. It was ace. Blog more please!