1 Marinate rooster: Place lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper in a big, non-reactive bowl, whisk to mix.
With the tip of a pointy knife, lower into the underside (skinless) of every rooster piece one or two occasions by about 1/2 an inch. (This can assist the marinade penetrate.)
Place the rooster items within the bowl and switch to coat with the marinade. Place within the fridge and marinate for 1 to 2 hours.
2 Place rooster in baking dish, brush with butter: Preheat oven to 425°F. Take away rooster from marinade and place in a single layer in a big baking dish, pores and skin facet up. Reserve the marinade. Use a pastry brush to brush melted butter on every bit of rooster.
three Bake and baste with marinade: Bake for 20 minutes and baste the rooster items generously with the reserved marinade. Proceed baking for an additional 15 to 25 minutes (a complete of 35 to 45 minutes), till the skins are crispy brown, and the rooster is cooked by, juices working clear (inside temperature of 165°F).
Relying on the scale of the breasts, they might be prepared earlier than the thighs, so in case you are cooking a mixture of rooster elements, preserve that in thoughts, you’ll have to take them out of the oven earlier than the thighs.
four Let relaxation, lined in foil, for 10 minutes earlier than serving.
5 Save meat juices to serve with rooster: Pour the juices from the pan right into a serving bowl. Use a tablespoon to skim the fats off the highest (save the fats for cooking with later, or discard, however don’t discard down the drain or it should solidify and clog your drain).
Serve the rooster with the juices on the facet or just a little poured excessive of the rooster.
Serve alone, or with steamed rice, buttered noodles, angel hair pasta, or mashed potatoes.