Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Thyme
Title: Roasted Chicken with Lemon & Thyme
Author: Britney Shawley
Recipe type: Dinner
Prep time: 10 minute
Cook time: 90 minutes
Total time: 100 minutes
Serves: 4-5 people
Nothing beats an easy to make roasted chicken!! Cur drool, right now! Especially when roasted with garlic, butter, thyme, parsley and lemon for an unbeatable flavor. This Lemon & Thyme Roast Chicken is a weekly thing in our home. I hope it becomes the same for you!!
- 1 4 to 5 pound whole organic grass-fed chicken, at room temperature
- 4 tablespoons olive oil (or butter)
- 1 lemon, halved
- Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 head of garlic roughly peeled and cut in half horizontally through the middle crosswise
- 3 fresh whole thyme sprigs
2 sweet potatoes
*all diced small and evenly
- Wash hands thoroughly and then begin peeling your vegetables.
- Wash the vegetables, and then dice the sweet potatoes, potatoes, carrots and cauliflower into small even chunks.
- Add them to a bowl and drizzle olive oil and salt.
- Use your hands and make sure all the vegetables are covered.
- Set them aside until you are ready to add them around the sides of the chicken and pop in the oven.
- Preheat oven to 430°F.
- Rinse under cold water and pat chicken dry with paper towel.
- Combine olive oil / melted butter, and lemon juice together, rubbing all over the chicken, under the skin and inside the cavity.
- Season chicken outside and inside with salt, pepper and parsley. Don’t be afraid to use generous amounts!
- Rub the minced garlic over the chicken and under the skin. I do this separately as the last step to maximize the garlic taste.
- Insert the garlic head into the chicken cavity along with the thyme sprigs and the squeezed lemon halve.
- Put chicken breast-side up into baking tray or roasting pan.Add diced vegetables all around it.
- Roast, for 1 hour and 15-20 minutes, basting half way through cooking time, until juices run clear when chicken thigh is pierced with a knife.
- Broil until golden and crispy! -If need/want extra crispiness.
- Serve – Remove from the oven, cover with foil and allow to stand for 10 minutes before serving. Serve, drizzled with pan juices.
Buy a whole chicken for about $11. Use this method of roasting your chicken. Save some chicken for next day. You can make soup, or sandwiches!! 2 meals for $11 (plus herbs & lemon) is a wonderfully budget friendly way of eating 🙂
The herbs are optional.
Using only Salt and pepper and olive oil works great too.
Quick Tips & Tools:
1 baking pot, baster (or large spoon)
Note on Bones:
When you are done with your chicken, and you have cooked and eaten (or saved some chicken for next day) do NOT throw out those bones!!! Instead, add them to a pot, with water and vegetables and make yourself some bone broth!!! Drink this bone broth to end your evening fasting, or turn it into the best Chicken Noodle soup ever!!!
To turn the bone broth into soup…
take out the bones and cooked vegetables- leave the broth in a large pot. Add fresh peeled and diced carrots, celery, parsley, 1/2 cup rice or noodles, salt, pepper and left over chicken. Let cook until vegetables and grains are cooked and enjoy!!
Vegetables are optional.
However, highly recommended. Its an excellent side to the chicken along with a fresh salad.
You can also:
save the extra chicken for sandwiches or to put in pasta the next day.