Whole chicken roast with a rub of smoked paprika, butter, garlic salt and pepper, and glazed with lemon juice and honey.
- 2 Tbsp smoked paprika
- 2 Tbsp melted unsalted butter*
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 whole 4-5 pound roasting chicken
- 4 Tbsp honey
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
*If using salted butter, use only one teaspoon of salt in the rub, not two.
1 Preheat oven to 325°F.
2 Rinse and dry chicken: Rinse the chicken off with cold water. Pat dry thoroughly with paper towels (otherwise the paste won't stick).
3 Spread paprika butter mix over chicken: Mix together the paprika, melted butter, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Spread over the entire surface of the chicken and place the chicken in a shallow baking pan.
4 Heat the honey and lemon juice in a small pot and set aside.
5 Bake: Bake at 325°F for approximately 1 hour to an hour and 15 minutes. Baste with the lemon-honey mixture after 35 minutes, and then every 15 minutes after that. You may need to adjust total cooking time depending on how big your chicken is.
The bird is done when the juices run clear (not pink) when a knife tip is inserted into both the chicken breast and thigh, about 165°F.
Add more salt and pepper to taste.