Making everyone happy at your Thanksgiving dinner can be a challenge. There's always someone who doesn't want Brussels Sprouts, or maybe they aren't a fan of your mashed potatoes. But what do you do if someone doesn't like Turkey? Or maybe you yourself prefer chicken. This year for Friendsgiving, I prepared a Rosemary Chicken that would have made any turkey jealous. The best part was that it was so easy!
I knew what flavors I wanted on my chicken. I picked Rosemary and lemon for the bright flavors. To make the skin crispy, since that's the best part, I decided to make compound butter to rub onto and under the skin. Compound butter is a mixture of butter and other ingredients such as herbs and spices to enhance the flavor of your dish. To make my compound butter, I combined 1/2 pound unsalted butter, 3 tablespoons chopped Rosemary, 1 teaspoon lemon pepper, and salt and pepper in my Kitchen Aid mixer and beat it all together (this amount is enough for two small chickens). Once incorporated, I coated the chicken with an even layer, under and on top of the skin.
After spreading my compound butter onto my chickens, I stuffed the cavity with Rosemary sprigs and lemon slices. I roasted the chicken in a 375 degree oven for about 35 minutes until I checked the internal temperature of the breast and it read 165 degrees.
Easy right? Everyone at Friendsgiving gobbled up this chicken! If you're sticking to tradition and making a Turkey this year, this is a great week night dinner idea! Whenever you make it, it's sure to satisfy everyone at your dinner table.