Slow Roasted Chicken with Cilantro-Citrus Butter

My daughter is finally on the mend from her terrible cold but now my husband and son are sick. I decided to roast a chicken and loaded it up with citrus to get as much vitamin c in my family as possible. I slow roasted the bird and my house smelled fantastic all afternoon – I love that. I served this chicken with Roasted Tomatoes with Cotija Cheese and Cilantro and Lime Rice for a tasty and healthy dinner that we all enjoyed.

Slow Roasted Chicken with Cilantro-Citrus Butter
Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
 
  • 5 lb free range chicken
  • 1-2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Zest of one orange
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Zest of one lime
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees. Clean chicken and pat dry. Mix the cilantro, minced garlic, orange, lemon, and lime zest with the butter, mix well. Place the chicken on a roasting rack in a roasting pan. Spread a bit of the butter mixture over the back of the chicken. Cut the orange, lemon, and lime in half and squeeze the juice from one half of each all over the back of the chicken. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper then flip the bird over breast side up. Carefully, lift the skin over the breasts and rub some of the butter mixture directly onto the breast meat. Then rub the remaining butter mixture over the skin of the bird. Squeeze juice from the other half of the orange, lemon, and lime over the skin. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper. Place half of the orange, lemon, and lime inside the cavity along with more cilantro and stems.

Place the meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh, making sure not to touch bone. Roast uncovered for 3 1/2 – 4 hours until the meat thermometer reads 180 degrees. I start basting my bird after 2 hours and repeat every 1/2 an hour after that. My chicken turns out sticky and slightly crispy. If you want crispy skin then don’t baste for the last hour and turn the heat up to 350 degrees for the last 5 minutes of cooking. Remove from oven and let the bird rest for AT LEAST 10 minutes before carving. Enjoy!

 

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46 Responses to “Slow Roasted Chicken with Cilantro-Citrus Butter”

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    Andrea@WellnessNotes — April 19, 2010 @ 3:45 am

    Beautiful chicken! I love citrus with chicken! I hope everyone is going to be all well very soon!

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    Debbi Smith — April 19, 2010 @ 3:48 am

    Lets hope all the citrus worked! This looks fantastic.

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    Jenn — April 19, 2010 @ 4:21 am

    Oh no…hope your son and hubby get better soon. The cold is really making the rounds all over.

    Leftovers = tons of yummy eats.

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    Heide — April 19, 2010 @ 4:59 am

    I love the idea of adding citrus to the chicken. It gives it a refreshing taste and a great twist.

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    Memória — April 19, 2010 @ 5:02 am

    What a lovely chicken. I wish I could have seen the butter in its final state :) .

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    Conor @ HoldtheBeef — April 19, 2010 @ 5:19 am

    Excellent idea to add a trio of zests with the butter like this! Hope the family all recover very soon :)

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    Bumpkin on a Swing — April 19, 2010 @ 5:52 am

    Sounds so tasty, a great recipe, I'll let you know if the bumpkin pulls this off. Lots of zest, ummmmmm

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    Priya — April 19, 2010 @ 6:46 am

    Thats a delicious roasted chicken, tempting clicks.

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    Sushma Mallya — April 19, 2010 @ 8:07 am

    Beautiful click, mouthwatering roasted chicken..

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    Bits of Taste — April 19, 2010 @ 8:32 am

    Wow! lovely and beautifully done!

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    Beth (Jam and Clotted Cream) — April 19, 2010 @ 8:34 am

    Coriander and all the citrus I bet tasted wonderful

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    Grumpy and HoneyB — April 19, 2010 @ 9:14 am

    I bet your house did smell awesome! I hope your family feels better soon!

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    tigerfish — April 19, 2010 @ 9:48 am

    Cilantro-Citrus Butter sounds like a really good rub on the chicken.

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    baby cribs — April 19, 2010 @ 9:55 am

    The chicken is so beautiful! I like roasted chickens a lot and this ones something new to try.

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    Prolatis — April 19, 2010 @ 9:55 am

    It might have great tasty food.because it looks good color in a plate with lemon.

    Prolatis

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    grace — April 19, 2010 @ 10:37 am

    that is quite possibly the most appetizing compound butter i've come across. what a great combo, and SO nutritious. :)

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    theprofessionalpalate — April 19, 2010 @ 12:03 pm

    yum! slow roasting is THE BEST when it comes to a whole bird, IMO. can't wait to try.

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    Peanutts — April 19, 2010 @ 2:03 pm

    yumm that looks sooooo good can almost taste it :) . Hope your hubby and son feels better soon.

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    Ann — April 19, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

    Wow.. that looks so good. Im a new to non-veg started loving chicken recipe. Im sure this would is going to be a winner. :)

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    Manggy — April 19, 2010 @ 2:59 pm

    Oh man! I hope they get well soon. If you've any leftovers, turn them and the carcass into an equally delicious chicken soup!

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    teresa — April 19, 2010 @ 3:13 pm

    you had me at citrus, cilantro butter! i love this!

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    5 Star Foodie — April 19, 2010 @ 3:30 pm

    Sounds amazing with the citrus cilantro butter!

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    Bob — April 19, 2010 @ 3:54 pm

    Oh wow, that looks wicked good. I love the citrus cilantro butter, I'm so trying that.

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    The Blonde Duck — April 19, 2010 @ 5:27 pm

    Your culinary creativity boggles my mind.

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    Sandi — April 19, 2010 @ 5:31 pm

    This chicken looks wonderful Pam. I love citrus with chicken.

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    Food, Fun and Life in the Charente — April 19, 2010 @ 5:48 pm

    Roasted Chicken with Cilantro-Citrus Butter sounds just so yummy. Hope the family gets well soon. Sounds like my husband is heading for something but sadly we are in different countries. Thankfully, I made masses of frozen cooked meals for him when he has not got time to cook so…… Diane

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    Joanne — April 19, 2010 @ 5:49 pm

    I love how you took the citrus flavor idea and scattered it throughout this meal! I hope everyone feels better soon,.

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    lishapisa — April 19, 2010 @ 6:04 pm

    Citrus and Chicken goes so well together! and I love Cilantro and Lime Rice! had it with pork chops.
    I want to make this Chicken, Thanks!

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    The Local Cook — April 19, 2010 @ 6:28 pm

    I just bought some potted herbs – including cilantro! This chicken looks simply delish.

    PS congrats on being one of the best 50 mom food bloggers!

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    Arizona bankruptcy lawyer — April 19, 2010 @ 6:51 pm

    This looks very tasty. Nice roasted chicken recipe.

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    fittingbackin — April 19, 2010 @ 7:10 pm

    "cilantro citrus butter"??! I'm sold! Looks amazing!

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    Marjie — April 19, 2010 @ 7:14 pm

    Chicken with lemon, lime and orange. What's not to love? I surely hope your family recovers soon and also that they have not infected you!!

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    PeggyR — April 19, 2010 @ 8:20 pm

    Another yummy recipe! We tried the chicken with the apricot preserves and it was very good.

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    Chandani — April 19, 2010 @ 8:45 pm

    Great, simple way to roast flavorful chicken with few ingredients. It was perfect we had the leftover next day for sandwich.

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    Argentum Vulgaris — April 19, 2010 @ 9:07 pm

    I'm comin' over for dinner!

    AV

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    Food Junkie — April 19, 2010 @ 10:38 pm

    The recipe sounds yummy. I doubt each serving would get much vitamin C and a lot of the vitamin is destroyed by cooking. However, if you don;t feel better after a yummy meal like this I don't know what would work. Not having to cook when you are sick is a blessing and to get something that sounds this good……

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    noble pig — April 19, 2010 @ 11:00 pm

    I'm sick too, maybe I need to make this.

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    Bridgett — April 19, 2010 @ 11:18 pm

    Sorry to hear about the cold running around your home. No fun, that is for sure. I love the idea of this roasted chicken with the cilantro lime rice as that is a favorite side dish of mine. The whole meal sounds wonderful.

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    Maria — April 19, 2010 @ 11:25 pm

    Cilantro citrus butter, yes please!

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    Cathy — April 19, 2010 @ 11:55 pm

    I love all those citrus flavors with chicken. Your dinner sounds so good, Pam. Tonight I'm eating take out. I need to get my act together.

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    Kris — April 20, 2010 @ 3:02 am

    Looks fabulous! Hope this gets everyone on the mend right quick!!!

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    Jan — April 20, 2010 @ 4:06 am

    I'm sure everyone is now on the mend after their citrus injection. Your chicken looks perfectly delightful.

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    Mandy — April 20, 2010 @ 7:32 pm

    I love the smell of a roasted chicken wafting through the house…hope everyone is on the mend soon!

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    Chris — April 22, 2010 @ 1:47 am

    Dude….err…Dudette, that is one terrific looking bird! Cilantro and lime? Yum-freakin-oh, Pam.

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    videolu yemek tarifleri — June 28, 2010 @ 12:47 am

    woww super…

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    Girdle Girl — February 8, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

    I adore chicken and love to try all new variations of this type of dish. It looks and sounds delicious.

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