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Butter Roast Chicken

When I was newly married, I was very interested in cooking, so I started to collect recipes. My new sister-in-law's mother sent me her family's favorite chicken recipe, and I knew it was destined to be a favorite in our household. The delicate flavor of lemon makes this dish great. —Elisabeth Garrison, Elmer, New Jersey
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (2-1/2 to 3 pounds), cut up
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Place chicken in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Combine the remaining ingredients in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and pour over chicken.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 1-1/2 hours or until juices run clear, basting occasionally.

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  • gunslinger
    Dec 18, 2020

    This was so tasty. The leftovers are great for chicken salad or chicken casserole.

  • Uqaq
    Sep 21, 2016

    My family loves this recipe, especially my mom.Thank you for sharing this.I like to make the Herb rice pilaf recipe, to go with this chicken.

  • Militant Starfish
    Mar 16, 2014

    Mmmm.. mmm..Good! I generally always try to stick to a recipe 100% the first time and then go from there. The only thing I changed was I used 1 tsp. of salt instead of 2. I also used bottled lemon juice. This recipe was absolutely delicious, and a wonderful flavour. I will definitely make this again and again. I highly recommend this! My family loved it!

  • mollyque
    Oct 1, 2012

    This is my husband's favorite recipe. It's also my go-to company recipe- and I'm always asked for a copy of the recipe to send home with our guests. It's super easy and delicious.

  • cwbuff2
    Aug 22, 2012

    I wonder if there is a misprint in the recipe, because there was way too much tart and too little sweetness. I used fresh-squeezed lemon juice and maybe I should have used the bottled as it is not as tart, but this sauce did not taste good. Recipes should clarify with things like lemon juice whether fresh is called for or not, as it makes a difference. My son also said it was too salty. Maybe someone else could tweak the ingredients, but I'm too busy to bother and I have a lot of other really good chicken recipes.

  • aalane97
    Nov 3, 2011

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  • mwauconda
    Oct 16, 2011

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  • jesskate
    Nov 15, 2009

    Good Sunday dinner, and the leftovers are great.

  • mollyque
    Oct 31, 2009

    This chicken is DELICIOUS. It was so easy to make and the whole family loved it. I made it last week and it's already been requested for an encore.

  • nywvblue
    Apr 8, 2009

    One question: why add sugar to a chicken dish? (I see the "Sponsored by Domino Sugar" logo at the top.) I will give this a try, but substituting honey or maple syrup for the sugar, if the sweetness is required.