maple-butter roasted chicken

★★★★★ 11 Reviews
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By Daily Inspiration S
from Sugar Land, TX

The maple-butter rub on this chicken imparts a delicious flavor to the chicken. Try placing the chicken on top of veggies and allow them to roast together.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Member's Choice Wow, this is one delicious roasted chicken recipe. There is a nice mild maple sweetness and the thyme flavor infused throughout. We loved the maple herb butter. Putting the butter under the skin helps to make the chicken moist and succulent. It helps to make the skin nice and crispy too. This roasted chicken is an easy weeknight dinner recipe but fancy enough for a dinner party too. It's full-flavored and has a beautiful presentation.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 11 Reviews
serves 4
prep time 20 Min
cook time 1 Hr 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For maple-butter roasted chicken

  • 1/2 c
    unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 Tbsp
    maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 bunch
    fresh thyme sprigs (reserve 4 sprigs for serving)
  • 1
    whole chicken, washed and dried well (3.5-4 pounds)
  • 1
    lemon, quartered
  • 1 tsp
    salt
  • 1 tsp
    freshly ground black pepper
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How To Make maple-butter roasted chicken

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix softened butter, maple syrup, and chopped thyme into a paste.
  • 2
    Place chicken into a roasting pan and stuff cavity with lemon and all but the 4 sprigs of thyme.
  • 3
    Loosen the skin on the chicken breast and thighs.
  • 4
    Spread half of the butter mixture under the skin.
  • 5
    Fold the wings under the chicken and tie the drumsticks together. Rub the remainder of the butter mixture on top of chicken that has been seasoned with salt and pepper.
  • 6
    Roast the chicken until a thermometer, inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, registers 165 degrees F (approximately 1.5 hours).
  • 7
    Remove chicken, cover loosely with foil and let it rest for 10-15 minutes.
  • 8
    Carve chicken and garnish with the remaining thyme sprigs.
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