Celebrate Holiday Traditions with Herb Roasted Chicken

If there’s one thing that I enjoy around this time of the year it would be traditions. The holiday season often brings out the best traditions including caroling, volunteering, family dinners and so much more. One of my favorite traditions is that I don’t allow myself to do anything related to the holiday until after Thanksgiving. I feel that Christmas has a special place in my heart and it shouldn’t be overshadowed by other holidays around this time.

One of my other favorite holiday traditions is the gathering of my family at Christmas to enjoy the company that we bring and delicious food (of course). I do enjoy some gift giving but more important is the time that I get to spend with my family. We typically gather on Christmas Eve to enjoy holiday music, a small exchange of gifts and of course, food. One of the foods that you can always find at our Christmas Eve lunch is roasted chicken. I understand that purchasing a herb roasted chicken from your grocery store is probably the easiest way to do this but it really is super simple to do this at home. Depending on the size of your group you may need to roast 1-2 chickens. I like that the Instantly Fresh Poultry Herb Blend takes the guess work out of what blend of herbs to use when roasting. This blend of thyme, sage, garlic and rosemary forms the perfect herb flavor combination.

Be very cautious when placing the butter under the skin as it can easily tear. You’ll want to keep it whole to allow the juices to stay in the chicken. Nobody likes a dry chicken! Spreading the remaining butter on top of the chicken will create a golden color and a crisp skin. Allowing the chicken to rest for 10 minutes after roasting will ensure that the juices stay inside of the meat.

Roasting a chicken can be very simple and would be the perfect addition to your holiday table. What are some of the holiday traditions that you will be celebrating this year?

Herb Roasted Chicken

Serves 4 | Finish in 1 horu 45 minutes
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Roasting your own chicken can be quite simple and flavorful when paired with Instantly Fresh Poultry Herb Blend.

Ingredients

1 whole chicken 6-8 pounds,
1 tablespoon Instantly Fresh Poultry Herb Blend,
1 stick butter (1/2 cup),
Carrots, celery, onion,
Salt & pepper,

Directions

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Remove chicken from packaging and wash and dry well.

Season the inside of the chicken with salt and pepper. Stuff the chicken with carrots, celery and onion and place into a roasting pan.

Mix the Poultry Herb Blend with the butter and carefully insert half of the butter blend under the skin of the chicken. Rub the other half of the butter on top of the chicken breasts, thighs and wings. Season with additional salt and pepper.

Tuck the wings under the chicken and roast uncovered for 1 hour. In the final 30 minutes of cooking, tent aluminum foil on top of the chicken to avoid burning.

Total roasting time should be around 1 ½ hours, or until the juices run clear when you slice between the leg and thigh. Remove the chicken from the oven and allow to rest for 20 minutes before slicing and serving.


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