A menu of refined comfort foods showcasing seasonal ingredients produces an inviting array of fresh flavors. Here, thyme and lemon enhance roast chicken.



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  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Lightly brush a rimmed baking sheet and the chicken pieces with butter. Lay chicken, skin side up, on sheet. Sprinkle with chopped thyme, and season with salt and pepper.

  • Roast chicken 30 minutes. Remove from oven. Carefully arrange thyme sprigs and lemon around chicken; return to oven. Continue roasting, basting chicken occasionally with pan juices, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of the thigh (avoiding bone) registers 165 degrees and lemons are caramelized, about 10 minutes more. Transfer to a platter; loosely tent with foil. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Serve with lemon; garnish with fresh thyme sprigs.

Cook's Notes

If you can't find precut chicken quarters, ask your butcher to quarter a five-pound chicken and remove the backbone.