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Roast Chicken With Citrus-Cilantro Butter


Roast Chicken With Citrus-Cilantro Butter

Roast Chicken With Citrus-Cilantro Butter

Diana Rattray
Cilantro and citrus help to flavor this delicious roast chicken. Serve this chicken with mashed potatoes and your favorite vegetables for a perfect family dinner.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 roasting chicken, 5 to 6 pounds
  • 1 small orange
  • 1 small lemon
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro, plus cilantro leaves
  • Salt and pepper


Heat oven to 450°. Wash chicken and pat dry. Set the chicken on a rack in a roasting pan. If you don't have a rack, set the chicken on a few ribs of celery placed flat-side down.

Grate the zest of the orange and lemon. In a small bowl, mix butter, lemon and orange zest, and chopped cilantro.

Slice the orange and lemon and put them in the cavity along with some loose cilantro leaves.

Put your finger(s) between the skin and meat of the chicken breasts and legs, loosening skin. Spread the butter mixture evenly under the skin. Sprinkle the chicken lightly with salt and pepper.

Roast the chicken for 15 minutes at 450°. Reduce heat to 350° and roast for about 18 to 20 minutes per pound, or until an instant-read thermometer reads about 165 to 170° when inserted into the thickest part of the thigh. Remove to a platter and let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.

Serves 4 to 6.

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