Garlic Herb Butter Roasted Chicken (Gluten Free)

My husband looooves rotisserie chickens. ¬†Whenever we are out being busy all day and get famished…without time to go home and make something healthy, but don’t want to completely blow a healthy streak…we will go to Wal*Mart, buy a whole rotisserie chicken, sit down at the Dunkin Donuts inside and have a little feast ūüėČ ¬†However, even still there are some mystery¬†ingredients…the ones that are half a mile long and you just stare at them wondering “how the heck do I even pronounce that?!” ¬†Some of you may be smarter than I, and know exactly what all those words mean in the ingredient list. ¬†But for me I just stare at them and wonder “is that some sort of chemical?” ¬†And if you have followed me for very long, you know how I feel about the whole “Natural Flavors” thing. ¬†Grr. ¬†Anyways. ¬†All that to say…getting a rotisserie chickens instead of McDonald’s and Taco Bell is probably a better choice. ¬†But I just took that better choice to a whole new level.

That’s right.

I just made a roasted chicken that my husband declared “better than a rotisserie chicken.” ¬†I kinda think that’s a big deal, because of how much he loves his Wal*Mart chickens ūüėČ ¬†Tender and juicy, but with such great flavor and a little crisp from the roasted skin and herbs on top! ¬†Is your tummy grumbling yet? ¬†Mine is…it’s almost dinner time dang it! ¬†I will stop the torture. ¬†Let’s get down to business!

 

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 Whole chicken, I believe mine was in the 6-7 lb range
  • 2 Sprigs Rosemary
  • 3 Sprigs Thyme
  • 1 Stick Butter
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Minced Garlic (I used the stuff in a jar cause I had it on hand, but fresh would work too)
  • 1 Lemon
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Mrs. Dash Original (If you are gluten free and concerned about Mrs. Dash, read this blog to know where it’s a risk or not. ¬†There is no gluten in the product.)

 

And here’s how you do it:

  1. Look at the chicken and take not of the cooking time and temp on the package.  Preheat your oven to said temperature.
  2. Unwrap your chicken, rinse, and make sure there are no surprises inside.
  3. Strip the leaves off of your rosemary and thyme, and finely mince.
  4. Put the butter in a small bowl with the garlic, and plop in the microwave for about 45 seconds, just until the butter is melted.
  5. Remove garlic butter from the microwave and stir, then add in the herbs and stir again. ¬†Alternately, you can keep out the herbs and add in later in cooking. ¬†When you add them in the beginning, they get crisp and dark and not only infuse the bird with flavor but make a sort of delightful crunch, which is a nice texture for the meat. ¬†However, if you don’t like the thought of dark, crunchy herbs you can save them out until later so they don’t get as cooked ūüôā
  6. Pour your garlic herb butter over and in the bird.  Pick it up and make sure some garlic butter gets rubbed in on every surface.  Now wash those hands!
  7. Sprinkle all surfaces with salt, pepper, and Mrs. Dash.
  8. Cut the lemon in half, squeeze the juice over your chicken, then shove those lemon halves up inside it!
  9. Slide inside your preheated oven and cook for recommended amount of time.

Now you are ready to eat it!! ¬†But here’s the exciting thing about this!! ¬†I was surprised at how cheap whole chickens are (why has no one told me this?!), and….with this one bird…I fed three people with this as the main dish…then had enough to make avocado chicken salad for two people for lunch a couple days later (recipe coming soon!), and still had enough to add to a salad for another lunch!! ¬†Whaaaaat? ¬†Now that’s thrifty right there!!!

 

Here’s my picture steps :O)

 

Preheat oven to temperature indicated on package.  Strip the rosemary and thyme leaves from their stems.

 

 

Garlic Butter Roasted Chicken !

Chop finely.

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Put the butter and garlic in a bowl and melt in the microwave, then whisk in the herbs!

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Pour mixture over and in the chicken.  Make sure there is some on all surfaces.  I gave mine a rub for good measure.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and Mrs. Dash.  Cut the lemon in half, squeeze the juice over the chicken, and shove the halves inside.  Plop in your preheated oven and roast for recommended amount of time.

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Take it out and get ready to serve!  Look at how yummy that baby looks!!! Aaaaah yum!

Garlic Butter Roasted Chicken 5

 

Have your super strong husband cut it up (if you’re a weenie arm like me), and serve with a yummy veggie!

Garlic Butter Roasted Chicken 6

 

I love that color!  Ohhhh yeah baby!!  Sooooooooooo delicious!

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I hope you enjoy this!!  What is your current favorite whole chicken recipe?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Marinated Rosemary Mustard Lamb

Yum. ¬†I was crazy about this roast. ¬†I’ve heard that some people don’t like the taste of lamb. ¬†I think…that is madness. ¬†Especially after you have tasted something like this. ¬†D. ¬†Lish. ¬†I cooked this at my boss’s house on a night I knew was going to busy. ¬†I’m all about having family dinners, where you make nice fancy food, sit down together; everything stops and you just eat and¬†talk¬†about your day.However, unfortunately in real life that can’t always happen. ¬†Boo. ¬†There are times where we eat dinner in the car between jobs. ¬†Which was one such night when I made this. ¬†However, as we sat in our car in a parking lot eating this roast with some nice green veggies on the side…it was like I was transported from my Le Sabre into a fancy restaurant, out on a date with my man. ¬†It. ¬†Was. ¬†Fabulous. ¬†In fact my boss was kind of hinting that she wouldn’t mind if I left some of the food that made that wonderful smell at her house, haha!

So before I tell you how to do this, let me just make a note. ¬†I KNOW lamb roast is expensive. ¬†Sad day. ¬†But guess what we realized? ¬†We used a roast that was about 4 lbs. ¬†And it lasted us 3 nights! ¬†So when you do the math…it wasn’t that expensive for three dinners at all!! ¬†And that was with feeding our bestie Joseph one night as well. ¬†He came over for a Psych party. ¬†Yeah. ¬†That happened. ¬†Lamb roast, green beans, best friends and Psych. ¬†What more could you need?

 

So, here’s what you need:

  • 2-3 Cloves Garlic, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil, melted
  • 1/2-1 Tbsp Soy Sauce, depending on your tastes ūüôā
  • 1 Cup Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Rosemary, chopped
  • 1 inch Ginger, peeled and minced (Or a good squeeze of paste!)
  • Leg of Lamb Roast, about 6 lbs. ¬†We ended up using a 4 lb roast, but this definitely makes enough sauce for a larger roast.

 

 

And here’s what you do:

  1. Make some shallow slashes in the roast, and stuff a sliver of garlic in each.  Yum.
  2. Whisk together the marinade ingredients (everything else) and brush (or dump like I did, haha!) it over the roast.  Put it in the fridge and marinate for at least 2 hours.  Mine marinated all morning.
  3. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Place roast in the oven and cook until about medium doneness…probably about an hour and a half. ¬†But take note of what the directions on the wrapper said. ūüôā ¬†Let it rest before you slice it.

 

Thanks to perfectweightamerica.com for this roast. ¬†ūüôā

 

 

Here is my roast, ready to marinate ūüôā ¬†Yeah, I know…lots of marinade. ¬†I probably could have halved it, HOWEVER…it made for a great browned sauce to scoop onto my slices. ¬†So I probably wouldn’t change a thing ūüôā ¬†It made a sort of shell, which held in the moisture that made it super moist. ¬†Don’t be alarmed that the sauce gets brown. ¬†It makes it super delish ūüôā

Dijon Leg Of Lamb 1

 

 

 

Oh yum!!!  I want it right now!

 

Dijon Leg of Lamb 3

 

Dijon Leg of Lamb 2