Buttery Lemon Roasted Chicken

Buttery Lemon Roasted Chicken


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Lemon Roasted Chicken is an easy recipe that you can whip up in just one hour! You can serve this buttery and lemony chicken recipe for the whole family on a lazy weeknight. Or, you can jazz it up for an afternoon wine party. This is a great buttery chardonnay food pairing.

This is a great recipe to make in large batches. It will freeze really well and will reheat quite well too.

Tips for Cooking Chicken

Roasting a whole chicken may seem challenging to some home cooks, but it is as easy as counting from 1 to 3. You just have to follow the recipe and make sure that the internal temperature of the chicken is 165 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 5 seconds after you remove it from the oven. Digital thermometers are always your best bet when checking the temperature of meat.

As for the butter mixture, you can lift the skin of the breast and gently place some of the butter mixture underneath. The skin will get crispy and the butter will protect the breast from drying out.

You may place the whole chicken in a bed of carrots, potatoes, leeks, and onions. The jus of the chicken will add flavor to the roasted vegetable — leaving them with a tasty chicken flavor.

Freel free to add herbs that are in season in your area. Mint, tarragon, oregano, rosemary and sage would all be delicious in this recipe. Of course, you can add dried herbs too. But, the flavor of fresh herbs is so much more powerful.

How to Truss a Chicken

Trussing the chicken before roasting will ensure that it cooks as evenly as possible. This is a great technique when you roast larger chickens. And, it doesn’t take long to do.

To truss, place the chicken on its back with the legs facing toward you. Slide a piece of twine under the back of the chicken between the wings and the thighs. Pull both ends of the twine up under the chicken’s armpits, then pull them over the wings. Cross the string around the top of the breast, making sure the skin is secure.

Bring the ends of the twine back toward you, running them along the sides of the breast above the wings and thighs. Cross the ends of the twine, pulling tightly up and under the crown of the bird. Loop the ends of the string under the legs, then over the top of the legs. Cross and tighten. The thighs should pop up a little.

Wine Pairing​ for Lemon Roasted Chicken

This recipe creates a rich sauce from butter and chicken juice. This lemon roasted chicken is an oily and savory dish. That’s why you to serve this recipe with a bottle of rich white wine. A lighter white wine would not be able to stand up to this dish.

White wines from cooler regions tend to be sharper, having more acid. They also have more green fruit or floral flavors. White wines from warmer regions will have less acid and more tropical flavor. You can go in either direction in your choice of wine with this dish.

A white wine that’s been aged in oak barrels is just fine with this kind of dish. The oak adds a richness that matches the dish quite well. Flavor notes like caramel, spice, and vanilla.

You may also enjoy a wine that has been through malolactic fermentation. This is a process that creates the rounder lactic acid from the sharper malic acid. Lactic acid is also found in milk. So, wines with malic acid are creamy like dairy.

Chardonnay is a good suggestion if you’re looking for a rich, low-acid white wine. Add oak and malolactic fermentation and you’ll have a rich white wine that will pair very well with this lemon roasted chicken. Many people call a Chardonnay like this a buttery Chardonnay. So, this is the perfect buttery chardonnay food pairing.

See our suggestions below.

  • Chardonnay
  • Viognier
  • Marsanne
  • Roussanne

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  • We have many other recipes that are great with Chardonnay. Check them out here.
  • If you’re looking for other chicken recipes, check those out here.

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