Brown Butter, Lemon & Thyme Roasted Chicken

23 Oct

What’d you guys think of those cupcakes yesterday?

Yum, right? I may have eaten a few of those guys over the last couple days.

Can we all talk about our guilty pleasures when it comes to food? Let’s be honest, we all have them. At least one!

Maybe you’re like my Dad and you will eat a whole row of cake…over the sink…for breakfast.

Or maybe you’re like Mr. Delish and you’ll eat two three grilled cheeses (made with that plastic cheese in the blue package) for lunch, dipped in copious amounts of ketchup.

Or maybe you’re like me, and you will eat a cupcake in two bites when you think no one is watching, but someone is watching, and then they make fun of you.

Cupcakes aren’t my only guilt ridden food, let see here…

– Kraft Dinner ( I don’t care what anyone says, I love this stuff)

– Fruit Snacks

– Chocolate Dipped Granola Bars

– Hawkins Cheezies (not the ones that are like packing peanuts!)

– Cereal for dinner (ok, maybe cereal isn’t normally a food you would describe as bad, but maybe I feel bad because I’m eating it for dinner? Or maybe it’s because it’s captain crunch…red berries?)

And I’m sure there are many more that I don’t want to say can’t think of right now.

Even though we all have our little guilty pleasures, I don’t think there is anything wrong about that. Sometimes you need indulgence in your life! As long as everything is in moderation, no harm there! It’s much worse when you have to deny every little craving you have, it just makes you go crazy!

I tame my crazy with KD, Okay?

Now for something that you can eat with no guilt, okay maybe a little guilt from the brown butter, but you gotta have the brown butter!!

I love roasting up a chicken. I find it gives Mr. Delish and I a nice dinner, plus leftovers for lunch or to make sandwiches. AND you have the bones to make stock or soup! Dollar for dollar it is usually less expensive to buy a whole chicken as opposed to pieces, so it’s also economical!

For this chicken, I made up some brown butter, then let that cool and mixed with some lemon rind and thyme, spread that deliciousness all over the chicken and roasted until golden brown and amazing.

I served mine up with some mashed potatoes and veggies as well!

To make the brown butter, you want to grab a stick of butter and melt it down.

Yum.

Then let it get nice and bubbly, and whisk, whisk, whisk.

Like that! Now let it cool and then pour it into a bowl and stick it in the fridge for a bit to thicken up.

Like that! Now, mix er up a little. If it’s too solid, you can stick it in the microwave for about 20 seconds to soften it slightly, you just need it to be spreadable.

Now chop up some thyme and grate some lemon zest.

Mix those babies right in with the butter.

Now grab your chicken that has been rinsed and thoroughly dried. And put those lemons inside the chicken cavity.

Season the chicken inside and out, with salt and pepper. BE GENEROUS people, you need the seasoning.

Now it’s the messy part. Spread that flavorful brown butter all over the chicken, making sure to get some under the skin to keep that chicken nice and juicy while it’s cooking.

Now stick the chicken into a roasting tray with a rack in the bottom. If you’re like me and don’t have the luxury of a roasting pan rack (feel bad for me.) You can do this!

Just roll up some tinfoil and stick it in the bottom of the pan. Works like a charm. This just keeps it from sticking to the bottom and maybe getting overcooked on the bottom side.

And you’re ready to go!

Roast it at 425 degrees for about 1 hour, covered. Then remove the lid and roast it for another 25-30 minutes, until nice and golden brown, and cooked through.

Looks good right?

Yummy.

Miss Delish asks:

What is your guilty pleasure?

What do you put on your chicken before you roast it?

 

Brown Butter, Lemon & Thyme Roasted Chicken:

Serves 4

1/2 cup butter

1 Lemon

2 tbsp chopped fresh thyme

One whole chicken about 5-6 lbs

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

 

In a small pot over medium heat, add the butter and melt until bubbly. Begin whisking and continue whisking as the butter browns, about 2-3 minutes. Once the butter is deep golden brown. Remove it from the heat and continue whisking. You will see little brown bits at the bottom and that is fine.

You will be able to tell if you burn it, trust me, but if you do, unfortunately you will have to start over.

Set the browned butter aside to cool. Once it has cooled slightly, pour it into a bowl, cover and refrigerate for about 30-40 minutes until thickened.

When you are ready to roast the chicken, preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Get a roasting pan ready with a wire rack in the bottom.

Remove your browned butter from the fridge and it should be thickened but spreadable. If it has hardened too much just stick it in the microwave for about 20 seconds.

Take your lemon and zest the entire thing. Set the lemon itself aside for later. Add the lemon zest and chopped thyme to the browned butter. Mix together completely. Set aside while you get the chicken ready.

Make sure you rinse and dry the chicken completely. Season the whole thing with the salt and pepper, inside and out. Use your hands to massage in the browned butter mixture. Put it in the roasting pan and cover with the lid. Bake in the oven for 1 hour. Remove the lid and bake for another 25-30 minutes, until the top is browned and the juices run clear.

Allow the chicken to rest for 5-10 minutes before carving. Enjoy!

 

 

 

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2 Responses to “Brown Butter, Lemon & Thyme Roasted Chicken”

  1. Kimberly @ Turning the Pages October 25, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    For my stuffing I keep it simple fresh baked white bread broken up into little pieces, some vidalia onion,dried sage S&P mixed with 1 cup of melted butter to moisten it then I stuff the chicken and add some s&p, dried sage and some rosemary to the chicken itself then roast it. It’s my grandma’s recipe and all the women in the family make chickens her way (I occaisionally deviate). I can’t wait to try your recipe out though! It looks uber delicious.
    Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

    • missdelish October 26, 2012 at 8:08 am #

      Thanks Kimberly!

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