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Roast Chicken with Honey & Rosewater
Roasting pan
Total time: 1-½ hours
7 lbs. chicken, cut into serving pieces
6 tbsp. butter (¾ stick)
½ cup honey
3 tbsp. rosewater

Preheat oven to 350F. Trim excess skin and fat from chicken parts; arrange on a rack in a large, shallow roasting pan. Melt the butter over low heat in a small, heavy pan. Add the honey; warm gently and stir until it is well combined with the butter. Turn off the heat and add rosewater, blending well. Brush chicken parts all over with this mixture. Roast the chicken for an hour, or until done, basting frequently with drippings or any remaining basting mixture. The chicken skin will darken considerably as the honey caramelizes. Don't be alarmed; it's delicious. Allow the chicken to rest for 10 minutes before serving.