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Perfect with Roast Chicken: Lemon, Herb and Garlic Butter

By Rachel Kelly @MarmadukeS

perfect with roast chicken: lemon, herb and garlic butter

lemon, herb and garlic butter

I have mentioned before how good compound butters are at giving a bit of oomph with minimal effort to whatever you are cooking. One of my favourites is a buttery mash of herbs such as parsley and basil with lemon zest. 

I use this herby butter most often to flavor a roast chicken, by shoving the butter between the skin and flesh of the uncooked bird - an oddly satisfying process as you carefully pull the taut skin away from the uncooked flesh (or perhaps that is just me!)

perfect with roast chicken: lemon, herb and garlic butter

chicken roasted with lemon, herb and garlic butter

Any leftover butter is often stuffed into the chicken cavity. Either that or I save it to spread in sandwiches or as a topping for cooked vegetables such as carrots.
See what I mean? It really is that simple.
Skill level: Easy
ingredients:
75g butter, at room temp
1 garlic clove, very finely chopped
zest of one lemon, finely chopped
a small handful of fresh flat leaf parsley and basil

salt and freshly ground black pepper
directions:

  1. Cream all the ingredients together. Season to taste, then chill.


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