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The Ultimate Roast Chicken

In this video, you’ll learn how to make the ultimate roast chicken. You’ll see one of Chef John’s favorite tricks for roasting chicken. He’ll teach you how to make a simple flavored compound butter to rub under the chicken’s skin. The easy rub combines room-temperature butter with herbs, garlic, and lemon zest. You’ll see a neat trick for loosening the skin of the chicken, so you can really get the butter in there. This simple rub technique keeps the delicious citrus, herb, and butter flavor inside the bird instead of draining off into the pan. See top-rated recipes for roast chicken.

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  • Lisa

I made this yesterday and it was the Ultimate Roasted Chicken!!! I used an 8 pound chicken with all the same measurements...just cooked mine for 2 1/2 hours on 350 degree oven. This recipe is MARVELOUS!!! Oh..I left out the lemon and it was fine. I used orange peel instead of lemon zest because I already had the orange peel spice. Did not have a lemon on hand.

  • Tinka07

I made this chicken this evening.. and OMG. So easy to do and it was crazy delicious! The chicken is tons more flavorful than I could have ever imagined! It is delicious!!!! My chicken was 4lbs and I did double the amount of butter and probably cooked it 30 minutes longer than needed, but holy cow this was good! I can't wait to make it again!!!!

  • CookingMamma

Fabulous!!! I cooked this on a 450* BBQ tonight in sunny California. It was extremely flavorful and juicy! I would highly recommend it any Mom chef. Thanks :-)