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Juicy Ranch Chicken
Looking for another chicken recipe? Normally, I cook my chicken in my slow cooker but I LOVE to roast chicken in the oven. I just love crispy skin, something the slow cooker can’t accomplish. I though I would JAZZ this roasted chicken up a bit by adding my Dry Ranch Seasoning to the butter before I generously rubbed it all over…. the chicken! The result is juicy and flavorful chicken! After the meat was devoured, I tossed the bones in the slow cooker to make some yummy bone broth.
Feel free to use individual cuts of chicken such as chicken breast or thighs. They will cook quicker and you can pick the cut of meat you prefer (I LOVE the dark meat on chicken).
Don’t have a roasting pan?? It’s a must! A roasting pan allows convection heat to circulate all around the bird and helps the skin of the chicken get nice and crisp. It also allows the juices and fat to fall away from the bird. Oh, be sure to use those juices to make GRAVY!!
The next time I do this I will do it Cajun style and use an injector like this one to actually get the ranchy-butter flavor deep down into the meat. This Ranch-Butter would make a GREAT injection for a Deep Fried Thanksgiving Turkey!
I hope you enjoy this EASY Recipe!
- 4-5 lb. chicken
- 1-1/2 tbsp. Dry Ranch Seasoning (from blog)
- 4 tbsp. salted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 lemon
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Blend dry ranch seasoning with softened butter until well blended and set aside.
- Pat outside of chicken dry.
- Pull the skin away from the breast and using spoon (or fingers), place Ranch Butter between the skin and meat. Try to spread the butter over the entire breast to distribute the seasonings evenly.
- Optional: Make slits in the legs of the thighs and legs and insert the ranch butter.
- Spread any remaining Ranch Butter over the outside of the entire chicken.
- Place half of lemon inside the chicken cavity.
- Place chicken on roasting pan (breast side up) and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F (or juices run clear).
- Carefully remove roasting pan from oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
- Method #2: Melt butter and stir in dry ranch seasoning. Use a Cajun Injector to inject the ranch butter into the bird. Roast according to directions above.
- Serving Suggestion: With prepared Ranch Dip!