This buttermilk marinade produces an extra crispy skin with tender, juicy meat that falls off the bone. The perfect blend of herbs and spices make this Buttermilk Roast Chicken a mouthwatering favorite of my family. I make it again and again and we never get tired of it. Marinating a chicken overnight in buttermilk and spices is a very traditional method in the southern USA prior to frying. The buttermilk, salt, and other spices act as a brine to really infuse a tremendous amount of flavor into the chicken.
This marinade is perfect for almost any method of cooking chicken where you want a crisp, delicious skin, fried, oven roasted, and Buttermilk Rosemary Grilled Chicken are all tried and true. I’m not sure I would use this for smoking chickens, I think the low temperature wouldn’t produce a crisp skin, but never say never, I may give it a try one day.
This Buttermilk Roast Chicken pairs perfectly with my beautiful and delicious Glazed Carrots and the equally beautiful and delicious Pommes de Terre Boulangères for an elegant dinner. If this doesn’t impress, nothing will!
Here’s how I make Buttermilk Roast Chicken:
- 1 3 ½ to 4 Pound Chicken
- 2 Cups Buttermilk
- ¼ Cup Fresh Rosemary, Chopped
- 3 Tablespoons Salt
- 1 Tablespoon Black Pepper
- ¼ Cup Penzeys Dry Rub, ‘BBQ 3000′
-Truss the chicken and place in a large freezer bag. For trussing instructions go ‘HERE’
-Combine all remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix well
-Pour the buttermilk mixture into the freezer bag with the chicken and coat the chicken well
-Let rest in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, 24 hours is best
-Preheat oven to 375F
-Remove the chicken from the bag and drain off excess buttermilk, strain the marinade and brush chicken with extra rosemary and buttermilk marinade
-Place chicken in a roasting pan
-Roast for 20 minutes
-Rotate pan and roast another 20 minutes
-Continue to rotate every 10 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer reads 165F in the thickest part of the thigh, but not touching a bone.
-Remove from the oven once it reaches 165F, brush lightly with olive oil, cover with foil and let rest for 10-15 minutes.
Hopefully you’ll enjoy the Buttermilk Roast Chicken as much as we do, but if that’s not quite what you’re looking for, check out some of our other great chicken recipes!!!