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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Texas Butter Roasted Chicken

Disclosure: This post is part of my relationship with the Stubb's Insiders Program.  
Product and compensation have been provided, but all opinions are my own. 
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texas butter roasted chicken (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

It's been a bit of a monumental week at our house.

We are nearing close to Thanksgiving.  Today I shoveled 9+ inches of SNOW off our back deck, plus two sets of sidewalks.  And we put up the Christmas tree.

Two out of those three things did not make me happy.

I did not believe we would receive this much snow the week prior to Thanksgiving.  It does not happen often in November.  January?  Yes, of course.  But for November?  Usually an inch or two will suffice.

On top of that, I begged and pleased with my family to wait until after Thanksgiving to put up the Christmas tree, but I was quickly out voted by the husband and kids.  And then who did most of the work?  You got it.  Me.  Oh well, it's done and it's twinkling.

But...I am excited it is nearing Thanksgiving.

Whose with me?

texas butter roasted chicken (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Also, I have a confession to make.

I have never hosted a Thanksgiving {hello, super small house} and I have never roasted a whole turkey.

But, I have roasted my fair share of chickens.  And in my heart of hearts I tell myself that the turkey and chicken {cousins, of course} cook relatively the same.  One just much longer.  So, I could do it, right?

Here's my chicken in all her raw glory.  I got this one at Aldi's.

texas butter roasted chicken (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Although many of you know, I partnered with Stubb's during 2015.  This friendship has been incredible.  I've been able to showcase many of my recipe creations with you featuring their products. It has been fun!

Let's take a look back....

About a month ago they sent me my final package {shed a tear with me, will ya?} and per usual it was chock full of goodies.  A Chili Fixins Cookin' Sauce, a Smokehouse Bourbon Cookin' Sauce, Hickory Liquid Smoke {literally ONE day after I made my first ever batch of homemade oven ribs} and today's featured ingredient Injectable Texas Butter.

I mean, hello, injectable butter?

It was like I was 5 again and Santa gave me everything I had ever asked for.

texas butter roasted chicken (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

This here is my bird all rubbed down, injected and molested.  I was a wee bit intimidated to use the liquid butter.

Will I poke the chicken in the wrong place?  Will I put in too much?  Turns out you can't really mess up.  With any syringe type injector {used for food purposes}, the directions basically say to plunge deep in all the nooks and crannies and let it rip.

So that is exactly what I did.

And it worked!  Stubb's Texas Butter is full of mustard, onion, garlic, many spices and well....butter. Just sniffing it smelled heavenly.  Did I want to take a sip?  Maaaaaaaaaaybe.

But honestly, if you can't get your hands on Stubb's Texas Butter {but, seriously, just order HERE}, you could easily make your own.  Melt butter, add a bit of oil, some mustard, fresh garlic and your favorite spices.  Ta-da!  Done.

texas butter roasted chicken (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

So to come full circle, in case you are a bit lost, I roasted a chicken for this dish, but a turkey would be fantastic too, considering Thanksgiving is less than a week away.

Anyone still deep fry their turkey?  It was all the rage a few years back, but perhaps one too many grease fires and burns killed the excitement?  I've had both deep fried turkey and chicken....and both had been injected with liquid gold.  And oh boy, what a different in flavor!  I mean, why not do this?

And here's another secret.  While roasting this chicken I continued to baste it with melted butter about every 20 minutes during the last hour.

The more butter the better right?

This chicken is tender, juicy and very flavorful.  Give it a try!

Texas Butter Roasted Chicken

1 whole 5-6 lb. chicken
1 bottle of Stubb's Texas Butter {or anything equivalent}
1 whole lemon
extra melted butter for basting

1.  Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
2.  To prepare the chicken, remove any giblets in the chicken cavity {may come in a bag}.  Rinse the chicken with cold water and pat dry.
3.  Place the chicken on a wire rack in a large roasting pan.  Slice the lemon in half and place inside the chicken cavity.
4.  Inject the chicken with the Texas Butter, under all joints and under all sides of the chicken's skin. Generously salt and pepper the chicken.
5.  Bake for 2 hours or until juices between the leg and thigh run clear.  During the last hour of roasting, baste with melted butter every 20 minutes.
6.  Allow the chicken to rest at least 15 minutes before carving.

texas butter roasted chicken (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

This post was sponsored by Stubb's, as part of the Stubb's Insider Program.  All opinions are my own.

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