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Slow Roasted Chicken with Cilantro-Citrus Butter

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:


  • 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

Slow Roasted Chicken with Cilantro-Citrus Butter

How to Make a Slow Roasted Chicken with Cilantro-Citrus Butter

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 the 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 the bone. Roast uncovered for 3 1/2 – 4 hours until the meat thermometer reads 180 degrees. Side Note: 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!

Slow Roasted Chicken with Cilantro-Citrus Butter


Click here for a printable version of this recipe – For the Love of Cooking.net



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

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

    Leftovers = tons of yummy eats.

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

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

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

  6. 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. 🙂

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

  8. 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

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

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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!!

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

  14. 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……

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

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