Whole Roasted chicken with Compound Butter

Jane Whittaker


The compound butter can have anything you like, fresh herbs are kinder and more forgiving than dried ones.
The citrus to stuff the chicken in can be lemons, oranges, or even limes whatever you like.


★★★★★ 4 votes

6 to 8
15 Min
1 Hr 30 Min


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  • 1
    whole chicken
  • ·
    compound butter ingredients:
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh rosemary,chopped
  • 4 Tbsp
    butter, softened
  • 1/4 tsp
    each salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp
    onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp
    finely minced garlic( i use from a jar all ready minced)
  • 1 tsp
    dried parsley
  • ·
    stuffing ingredients for chicken:
  • 1 bunch
    small bunch of fresh herbs of your liking, i used oregano and rosemary
  • 1 medium
    citrus fruit of your liking, i used a lime today
  • 2 clove
    garlic, you can just peel them and insert them in.
  • 1 medium
    onion, peeled and halved

How to Make Whole Roasted chicken with Compound Butter


  1. Rinse chicken and remove giblets. At this point I put the giblets in a small sauce pot, add water, and use the giblets and juice for dressing.
  2. In the cavity of the chicken stuff the stuffing ingredients.
  3. Make the compound butter by combining all compound butter ingredients.
  4. Run your hand under the skin of the chicken all over the breast portion to loosen it enough to get the butter under it. I use gloves for this part.
  5. Divide the compound butter up in portions that you like, I usually use a fourth. Insert the butter with your hand, then smash the skin a little to spread the butter out.
  6. Bake the chicken in a pre heated 350° until it tests done, and is golden and crispy. this cooked for 1 hour 45 minutes and was pefect.
  7. let chicken sit for 10 minutes before carving to give juices a chance to redistribute.

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About Whole Roasted chicken with Compound Butter

Course/Dish: Chicken, Roasts
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American

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