Cajun Roast Chicken

No wonder readers ask for this recipe time and again: The zesty compound butter infuses this meat with incredible flavor and just the right kick of heat.


4 - 4 serving

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  • 2 tbsp. butter melted
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 whole roasting chicken (3 lbs.)


Heat oven to 350°F. In bowl, combine butter, garlic, paprika, basil, thyme, cayenne, and 1 tsp. salt. Place chicken in roasting pan. Brush butter mixture over chicken. If desired, truss chicken with kitchen string.

Roast chicken 1 hr. or until meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh away from bone registers 170°F. Tent with foil if chicken starts to brown too quickly. Let stand 15 min. before carving. Serve chicken with pan juices.

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