Tender and juicy Roasted Garlic Lime Chicken with carrots and potatoes. It’s classic comfort food made entirely in one skillet.
There is just something about a one pan (or skillet in this case) meal that gets me excited. Perhaps it’s my intense dislike of doing dishes. Okay it’s most definitely my intense dislike of dishes. It’s right up there with my dislike of green bell peppers but we won’t go down that road today.
What I do love is roasted chicken. It’s tender, juicy and chicken takes to flavor like a duck takes to water. I was feeling garlic and lime so that’s the direction this recipe went. You can use a traditional roasting pan or a large cast iron skillet whichever you prefer. Bonus points because it does double duty acting as a serving platter. Back to that dislike of dishes.
HOW DO I PREPARE A WHOLE CHICKEN FOR ROASTING?
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- Make sure to remove and discard giblets or any other parts that may be inside of the cavity of the chicken prior to starting.
- Pat the chicken dry with paper towels.
- Insert the lime and garlic into the cavity of the chicken and then tie the chicken legs together.
TIP – Kitchen twine or reusable COOKING BANDS come in handy here.
HOW DO I GET COMPOUND BUTTER UNDER THE SKIN?
Carefully lift the skin from the breast and insert half of the prepared COMPOUND BUTTER. I find using a long teaspoon works well here followed by a gentle massage to get the butter as far down as possible. The remainder of the butter will be rubbed around the outside of the chicken.
There is no neat way to do this, or at least I have not found one, so just get in there and go to town.
If the chicken starts to brown too quickly tent with aluminum foil.
Save your chicken bones to make HOMEMADE CHICKEN STOCK. Your future self with thank you.
MORE DELICIOUS CHICKEN TO TRY
If you’re feeling inspired by my roasted garlic lime chicken recipe, you’ll love these other tasty chicken recipes:
Roasted Garlic Lime Chicken
Tender and juicy roasted garlic lime chicken with potatoes and carrots. A cozy and comforting one pan meal.
- 1 large onion - thick sliced
- 1 whole chicken 5-6 pounds - gizzards removed
- 1 lime - zested then halved
- 2 heads of garlic
- 1 stick butter – room temperature
- kosher salt
- black pepper
- 8 ounces baby carrots
- 3 large potatoes - peeled and quartered
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Place onion slices into bottom of roasting pan or large cast iron skillet.
- Pat chicken dry with paper towel. Place lime halves and garlic into cavity of chicken. Tie legs together using kitchen twine or a silicone band.
- Into small bowl mix together butter, lime zest. Season with salt and pepper.
- Carefully place half of butter under skin of chicken. Rub remaining butter over outside of chicken. Place chicken on top of onion slices.
- Place potatoes and carrots around outside of chicken. Season with additional salt and pepper.
- Transfer to oven. Cook for approximately 90 minutes OR until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees and juices run clear. Allow chicken to REST prior to slicing. Discard lime and garlic inside of cavity.
IF chicken starts to brown too quickly, tent with aluminum foil.
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Sounds delicious! When I make a Turkey I quarter an unpeeled lemon, an onion, an orange, and a head of garlic and place in the cavity along with some fresh herbs. I love the way the juices infuse the meat with a subtle sweet fruitiness. I have used apple, too… and have done it for chicken.
I really enjoy this site Paula! Mille Grazie!
Tonda Turner says
A friend of mine told me her husband request this weekly. I had to try it. The smell of it cooking was amazing. I have to say I was not disappointed!!
WONDERFUL CHICKEN!! And the potatoes and carrots, wonderful as well. My husband said, “Wow, this chicken melts in your mouth!” Need I say more? 😉
I am planning to try many more dishes from here.
Amazing recipe! I just added fine herbs to the melted butter and pour it over the chicken before cooking. I will be roasting chicken like this forever.Thank u very much for this recipe!