Self-basting roast chicken

    1 hour 40 min

    Basil and garlic butter is stuffed under the skin of a chicken. The chicken is then smothered in more butter, before being roasted to perfection. Why not try this easy roast chicken for your next Sunday lunch?

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    Serves: 6 

    • 1 (1.5kg) whole chicken
    • 30g fresh basil, finely chopped
    • 125g butter, softened
    • 1-2 cloves garlic, crushed
    • extra butter, softened as needed

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr10min  ›  Extra time:10min resting  ›  Ready in:1hr40min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Mix together the butter, garlic and basil. Set aside.
    2. Lift skin from around neck area of chicken, use fingers to get under skin (don't break skin). Push seasoned butter under skin around tops of legs and over the breast area as far as possible
    3. Pat skin into place and rub with extra butter on the outside of the chicken.
    4. Place chicken on a rack or non-stick tin. Roast in the preheated oven for 70 to 80 minutes or until the juices run clear. The temperature in the thickest part of the chicken should read 74 degrees C.
    5. Remove from the oven, cover loosely with foil and let sit for 10 minutes before carving.

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