ROASTED CHICKEN WITH LEMON AND BASIL
It’s rare that a week goes by without the savory smell of roasted chicken wafting from our kitchen. Whether I’m entertaining or doing weekly meal prep, cooking a whole bird is one of my favorite ways to prepare a lot of protein with minimal hands-on time. This recipe for Roasted Chicken With Lemon And Basil has been a summer favorite of mine for years.
The basic method is inspired by Ina Garten’s famous Perfect Roast Chicken. As far as I’m concerned, her recipe is unrivaled! When cooked in this way, the chicken always comes out perfectly cooked: juicy and almost falling off the bone with crispy, aromatic skin. There’s no babysitting your bird or basting. All you do is preheat your oven, prep the chicken, and let it cook.
The ease with which I can achieve such consistently perfect results has made this a go-to for entertaining. My guests arrive at my home to the mouthwatering aroma of roasting chicken and a relaxed hostess who is free to sit down with them and enjoy an appetizer and a glass of wine.
My recipe differs from Ina Garten’s in its spice profile. Every summer, I plant at least two basil plants in the sunniest spot in my vegetable garden. They grow big and bushy, with huge, fragrant leaves that I harvest by the handful. To me, their taste is the essence of summer, which is why I love to infuse my roasted chicken with their sweet and aromatic flavor.
To make my Roasted Chicken With Basil And Lemon, you’ll need:
A whole chicken, like the one that comes with my Butcher Box subscription
A giant handful of fresh basil
Avocado oil or Ghee
Salt + Pepper
I often roast carrots and potatoes in the pan with the chicken for a one-pan meal, but this dish is also excellent with my Roasted Summer Vegetables With Balsamic Vinegar, or a bright and flavorful salad tossed in Healthy Homemade Ranch Dressing.
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