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“Serve for your next Sunday Supper or your next casual dinner party! I discovered this recipe in Food and Wine Magazine.”
2hrs 15mins

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  1. Preheat the oven to 425° and position a rack in lower third of the oven.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the butter with the minced garlic, minced herbs, lemon zest and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towels.
  4. Rub half of the herb butter under the skin and the rest over the chicken; season with salt and pepper.
  5. Set the chicken breast-side-up on a rack in a roasting pan.
  6. Scatter the onion, lemon, garlic cloves and herb sprigs and add 1/2 cup of water to the pan.
  7. Roast for 30 minutes, until the breast is firm and just beginning to brown in spots.
  8. Using tongs, turn the chicken breast-down and roast for 20 minutes longer, until the skin is lightly browned.
  9. Using tongs, turn the chicken breast-side-up.
  10. Add another 1/2 cup of water.
  11. Roast for about 20 minutes longer, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the inner thigh registers 175° to 180°.
  12. Tilt the chicken to drain the cavity juices into the pan; transfer the bird to a cutting board.
  13. Remove the rack from the pan and spoon off the fat.
  14. Set the pan over high heat.
  15. Add the stock and cook, scraping up any browned bits.
  16. Press the lemon to release the juices.
  17. Carve chicken and serve with pan juices.

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