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Tuesday
May292012

Mike's roasted chicken stuffed with home grown meyer lemon and thyme

 

One of my husband's many talents is roasting the perfect chicken.  Over the years he has fine tuned his recipe and every time he roasts a chicken, he claims it is truly simple.  This is one of the basics in cooking that everyone should master before leaving home.  And if you have long since left home and still haven't mastered the roast chicken, today is your lucky day because now is your chance.  

 

 

Introducing our Charlie Brown Meyer Lemon tree.  We planted this slightly pathetic tree in honor of a recent anniversary that we celebrated.  Not that the past 19 years have been in any way pathetic, on the contrary, we know that this little tree will flourish like the vine on Jumanji after it gets one rainy season under its belt. We harvested the first ripe lemon from our tree to stuff into Mike's chicken.  Wave at him there on the bottom left branch in the above photo.

 

 

Ripe and ready to pluck, our very first Meyer lemon pictured with the thyme from our garden.  I think that if any part of a meal is grown at home, it makes the enjoyment of the food that much more intense.   

 


Not a very ladylike position for a chicken, but one must stuff the cavity with the aromatic thyme and lemons.

 

 

Legs crossed, all trussed up and ready for the oven.  In an hour and a half we will have a golden and juicy chicken for dinner.

 

Basic Roasted Chicken with Meyer Lemon and Thyme

1 fresh, preferable organic 3 1/2 to 4 pound chicken

2 tablespoons butter

1 large bunch of thyme

1 lemon cut into slices

2 tablespoons butter

kosher salt and pepper 

 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

 

To make carving easier, remove the wishbone.  Lift up the flap of skin.  Insert a small knife into each end of the breast and slice diagonally along both sides of the wishbone.  Loosen the bone with your fingers and pry it out.  Remove any lumps of fat in the cavity. Cut off the wing tips at the joint.  

Gently slide your fingers under the skin of the breasts to loosen.  Slide 1 tablespoon of butter under the skin of each breast.  Stuff the chicken with the lemons and thyme.  Truss the chicken shut with cooking twine.  Drizzle the bird with olive olive and sprinkle salt and pepper and some leaves of thyme.  

Roast on a roasting pan in a 425 degree oven for 25 minutes.  Turn the oven down to 400 degrees and roast for another 50 minutes  or slightly more, depending on the size of the bird.  Check for doneness by piercing the breast of the chicken with the tines of a carving fork.  If the juices run perfectly clear yellow then it is done.  If their is a trace of pink, it is not done.  Place on a cutting board and let the bird rest for 15 minutes before carving.  

 

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Reader Comments (16)

I am excited to see your new tree. We would love to plant one at our Florida home. Tell Mike the chicken sounds yummy!!!

05.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAunt Tre

I love your Meyer lemon tree as an anniversary gift! We would love something just like that. Loved the Jumanji reference too. I think my favorite comfort food is roasted chicken so love the new recipe and my husband is the chicken roaster in our house too. The chicken looks beautiful. I always have trouble taking photos of a trussed chicken; they either look like peek-a-boo shots or views from a hostage situation to me. Glad to 'see' you in print. Hope life is going well.

You are right...it's the artist in him...his chicken is The Best,,he even cuts it to perfection ! I love your Charlie Brown Tree ,xx

05.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGran

Well, Toni, as you can see our trussed chicken definitely has a peek-a-boo shot and a hostage situation! You made me smile with your colorful descriptions!!

Recipe printed? Check. Mouth watering? Check. Meyer lemons in Boston? As if...I'll use regular. Still not sure how to take out that wishbone? Check. Mike, you'll have to show me that one up at CBC. Love the Charlie Brown Tree. Love the rude-girl chicken. Lisa, you'll be glad to know that due to you, I now shake my hands 12 times after hand-washing, fold my paper towel, and only use one piece of paper. And I'm making your chocolate mousse this weekend for a dinner party for 8. With the Grand Marnier this time. XOXO

05.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne M.

Anne, you crack me up! Lilly is even shaking her hands 12 times now too...

Dear Lisa, Thank you for your visit. You have a beautiful blog with wonderful recipes.
This chicken looks scrumptious. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

05.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

No surprise that Mike is not only capable but the master of the perfect roast chicken. I honestly believe that a perfectly roasted chicken is like mana from the gods.......with meyer lemon, well...nothing more need be said. My mouth is watering and I cannot wait to try this exact recipe.

05.31.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

Your own lemon tree! That's just cool!
The chicken looks perfectly roasted.

Love these pics Lisa and we are all ready for Mike to make us one of his delicious Chickies up North this summer. Better pack a lemon to bring along!! Of course, we are envious of the lemon tree. Love you!

05.31.2012 | Unregistered Commentercourt

I live in an apartment unit that can't accomodate space for some veggie shrubs and other fruit bearing trees. But pretty soon, we need to go and look for a better space for the family. And hopefully, it would house meyer lemon trees that we planted ourselves. This looks like a really delicious chicken recipe. Thanks for sharing.

05.31.2012 | Unregistered Commentermyfudo

Yum Yum! I love a good roasted chicken. Plain and simple goodness.

05.31.2012 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

There is nothing like a roasted chicken for dinner. Love the idea of using meyer lemons!

05.31.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLynda

Lisa, All I can say is-----It was delicious! Dad

05.31.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDad

I'm forwarding this to hubby, who hasn't cooked since we got married. This is perfect. All that's missing are the Meyer lemons. That tree of yours certainly produced a cracker of a lemon. Here's to many more flourishing ones in the future. Laughed so hard at your un-ladylike position: what a photo!

06.1.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJill Colonna

This is one of the things I want to do, I have never roasted a whole chicken. I dont have lemon tree but several from the market will do I guess. Maybe will couple that with your lemon tart ;)

06.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterIlke
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