Garlic, Lemon and Thyme butter for Roast  Chicken

Cook as a roast dinner making chicken moist, creamy and flavoursome or with a salad and buttered new potatoes

Preparation time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 90 mins and 5 min resting
Serves: 4

Ingredients

• 150g salted butter room temperature
• 4 cut Thyme sprigs
• 2 crushed cloves of garlic
• Good grind of black pepper
• Half a Lemon zested

Method

1. Put soft room temperature butter into bowl
2. Add garlic, pepper, lemon zest and squeeze the juice of lemon in as well then add thyme I would remove leaves from stalk at this point.
3. Give this a good mix with a spoon to combine ( you could do this in a food processor)
4. Put to one side whilst you prepare chicken

Preparing chicken
1. Make sure chicken is fully defrosted
2. In a separate plate chopping board place chicken with legs towards you.
3. Looking at the Breasts gently lift the skin at the front and put your index finger between the skin and flesh you should feel skin easily working away make a good size pocket 8cm towards the back and 4 cm down toward the leg repeat this on the other side
4. Now get your butter and fill the cavity you have made generously with butter mix then pull the skin forward so the chicken looks natural if the skin has moved back season skin and cook as normal.
5. Cook and enjoy