In January I made a list of things i wanted to do in 2011 and #1 on the list was "roast a chicken". I was torn between Martha's Crisp-Skinned Chicken with Rosemary Potatoes and Garlic-Butter Rubbed Chicken with Roasted Oranges and Red Onions. I liked the idea of crispy skin but also BUTTER. I have fresh rosemary growing on my counter and oranges didn't appeal. So I combined the two recipes.
I mixed butter, cornstarch, garlic, salt and rosemary and (here is the key part) rubbed it not only on the chicken skin but UNDER the skin. I scattered potatoes with olive oil around the chicken and popped it in the oven for 450 degrees for an hour.
It turned out delicious. Yay for first roast chicken. Next time I want to try Martha's Paprika-Rubbed Chickens with Roasted Garlic.