Lemon, garlic and thyme roast chicken – Quick and easy method
Honey and I love roast chicken, especially one that is easy to make for a weekday dinner. The only way I know to have your own homemade roast chicken done super quick is to butterfly it. This way, the chicken cooks evenly and much quicker, it’s halving your chicken roasting time. If you know of any other way, please share, as I’m always looking out for simple and quick ways to cook a healthy weekday dinner.
I might have over done the browning of the skin by just a wee bit… but this creates such a sensational flavour and crispness that I could not resist cooking this lemon and thyme butter roast chicken this way.
1 butterflied free-range chicken 1.5kg
knob of butter
6 roasted garlic pieces
bunch of thyme
1 lemon (juiced and zested)
salt and pepper
Heat your oven to 220 °C (only for 10 minutes, before turning it down to 180 °C)
Take lemon zest,roasted garlic, butter and 1/2 the bunch of thyme and fill the underside of the chicken skin. This way all your flavours are seeping into your meat. Pat chicken dry with paper towel, rub the chicken all over with a 2tsp of salt, pepper and olive oil. Not only are you further flavouring the chicken, but the chicken skin will be crispier when roasted.
Put chicken on to a roasting pan, pour lemon juice around it. Put lemon skins and remaining thyme underneath the chicken. Roast for 10 minutes on 220°C, then lower the heat to 180 °C and cook for a further 25- 35 mins depending on how large the chicken is.
You can check if your chicken is ready by inserting a skewer/ fork into the thickest part ( thigh). If the juices run clear, your chicken is ready. If it’s still is pink, leave it in for a couple more minutes.
Take chicken out, keep warm and rest the chicken while you make the sauce.
Sauce on the side
Deglaze the roasting pan with a little white wine and chicken stock, bring to a simmer. Add a cornflour mixture (water and cornflour) till you are happy with the consistency of the sauce. Season to taste…YUM, it’s all the lemony, buttery, garlicky thyme goodness…
Brussels Sprouts as a side
We normally have potatoes with our roast chicken, but a healthier alternative is… Brussels sprouts! You can microwave the Brussels sprouts for 3 minutes with just a little water, strain then add them in during the last 10 minutes of cooking your chicken. Bon appétit!