Unlike other meats, chicken is enjoyed universally across all cultures, countries and religions.. So it is no surprise Roast Chicken is the choice dish to cook when you can't think and have no idea what to cook for family and friends. There are many, many Roast Chicken recipes, but which is the best to you? For me, I like this Lemon and Thyme Roast Chicken because it is so flavorful and moist.
Roasted Chicken is one of the tastiest, most satisfying dish you can make. It is also one of the easiest fail proof dish. If you have not roasted a bird before, try one today!
Lemon and Thyme Roast Chicken
50g butter, softedned
Bunch fresh thyme or lemon thyme, leaves picked,stalks reserved thyme, plus extra to serve
4 garlic cloves, 1 mashed, the other 3 left whole but squashed
2 lemons, halved
2 carrots, roughly chopped
1 onion, roughly chopped
2 bay leaves
1 tsp plain flour
250 ml chicken stock (150ml)
- Heat oven to 200C. In a small bowl, mash the butter with one third of the thyme leaves, mashed garlic and the juice of half a lemon. Mix everything together with some seasoning and set aside
- Use your hand to loosen the chicken skin away from the breast, then push most of the butter all over the outside of the chicken, then stuff the cavity with the lemon halves, remaining thyme leaves and stalks, and the garlic.
- Scatter the chopped carrot, onion and bay leaves over the base of a small roasting tin. Sit the chicken on top breast side up, and roast on the middle shelf for 1 hr 30 mins, basting with the buttery juices after about 40 mins.
- When the chicken is dark golden, crispy skinned and the juices run clear, remove from the oven and leave in the tin for 5 mins. Use a pair of tongs to pull the lemons,garlic and thyme out of the cavity and into the tin.
- Lift the chicken up, letting any juices dribble into the tin, and transfer the chicken to a serving platter to rest for at least another 15 mins.
- To make the gravy, squeeze the juice out of the cooked lemon halves and discard the skins. Place the tin on a low heat, stir in flour and sizzle until light brown. Gradually pour in the stock and cook for a few mins.
- Strain the gravy into a jug and serve with the chicken.
Proverbs 23:2 proclaims, "Put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony."
The Lord has blessed us and filled the earth with food that are delicious, nutritious and pleasurable. We should honor God by eating in appropriate quantities and control our appetites.
"If you find honey, eat just enough - too much of it, and you will vomit." Proverbs 25:16
The Lord richly gives us all things to enjoy. But all these things must be used in moderation.