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Every girl needs an easy roasted chicken recipe in her cooking arsenal. This is mine! The chicken itself is so flavorful, yet the seasoning blend is pretty basic, so you can use this chicken in virtually anything.
I’m the self-proclaimed queen of stretching a whole chicken. Give me a reduced-price chicken and I’ll give you three or four meals and a few bags of bone broth. Here are a few of my favorite ideas for using this chicken:
- As is with a side salad and roasted veggies
- Chicken Alfredo
- Chicken Chili
- Chicken Salad
- As a salad topper
- Bone broth (Use the carcass, skin, etc!)
This recipe is easy but tastes gourmet thanks to a few tricks. To start, I place a few pats of butter under the chicken skin. This makes the chicken stay moist (not a fan of that word!) and it makes the skin crispy. I also put lemon and onion wedges in the chicken’s cavity. This gives the chicken a savory flavor and (bonus!) you already have a few things to add to your crock-pot when you make bone broth. I also brush butter on the outside of the chicken because it helps the seasoning mix to stay better and tastes amazing!
The general rule is to roast your chicken for 20 minutes per lb. To stay on the safe side, I do that AND use my meat thermometer to make sure my chicken is at 180 degrees.
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