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Lavender, Lemon, and Honey Spatchcocked Roast Chicken Recipe

Lavender, Lemon, and Honey Spatchcocked Roast Chicken Recipe
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  • Cusine


1 whole small chicken

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon juice and 1 teaspoon zest from 1/2 lemon, the other half cut into wedges

1 1/2 tablespoons dried lavender

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon butter, softened

1 loaf hearty sourdough bread


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F with the rack in the center. Cut the backbone out of the chicken with kitchen shears. Lay the the chicken breast-side-up in an enameled baking dish. Press down on the breast bone to break, so that the chicken lies flat. Season generously, front and back, with salt and pepper. In a bowl, mix together lemon juice, lemon zest, lavender, thyme, and the olive oil, and honey. Stir to combine. Add the butter, and using a fork, mash the mixture together until homogenous Slather the lemon, lavender, and honey butter all over the top and underside of the chicken. Roast for 20 minutes. Nestle lemon wedges under chicken and return to oven. Continue roasting until until golden with charred bits and an instant read thermometer inserted into breast registers 150 degrees F and the thighs and legs register at least 165 degrees F, 15 to 25 minutes longer. Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes. Cut it in half. Serve with pan juices and roasted lemon wedges, along with bread for soaking up juices.