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Whole cooked lemon & thyme chicken

My friends probably already know this recipe because I have made it quite often and it never fails to impress. The combination of lemon, thyme, garlic and butter harmonise incredibly well with the chicken and the prosciutto adds a nice distinct flavour.

1 whole chicken
500 g salted butter, room temperature
1 bunch of thyme sprigs
1 chopped garlic clove
1 packet prosciutto or parma ham, roughly cut
zest from 1 whole lemon
300 ml white wine
3 large potatoes, diced
4 large carrots, diced
1 packet baby corn
2-3 whole garlic cloves
black pepper to season

Clean the chicken, turn it breasts up, and separate the skin from the meat by gently sliding your fingers in between skin and meat. Move the fingers around until there is plenty of space on top of and around the chicken breasts (you should be able to fit almost your entire hand). Cut once into each thigh with a small knife.
Mix butter, thyme leaves, chopped garlic, lemon zest and prosciutto in a bowl. Stuff the mixture in the pockets you made between the chicken skin and meat and spread it evenly. Put a small amount into the cuts on the chicken thighs.
Cut the lemon into thick slices and stuff into the middle of the chicken, filling it completely.
Place potatoes, carrots, baby corn, whole garlic cloves (crush them with the palm of your hand first) into a baking tray, pour the wine generously over them and season with sea salt and black pepper.
Place the chicken on top of the vegetables and put the tray into the oven at 180 degrees until chicken is completely cooked.

The seasoned butter melts through the chicken (making the meat very tender) and blends with the vegetables and wine, creating a lovely sauce for the chicken. Serve with freshly baked garlic bread and rice.
This recipe has many variations, garlic, butter and wine amounts can all be increased or decreased according to taste and any root vegetable or hard vegetable can be used. Hopefully you will enjoy this as much as we have throughout the years.

Blessaður, mér líst helvíti vel á þennan skíthoppara og er að spá í að elda svona... en ein spurning, thyme sprigs er það ferkst timian?

Og svo var ég líka að spá hvort kjúllinn verði ekki tilbúinn e. ca 1,5 tíma við 180?

Annars líst mér helvíti vel á þessa síðu.

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