Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Simple Roast Chicken

Roasted chicken seems like the ultimate in easy, yet elegant, home cooking. I've oohed and ahhed over a roast chicken at the Henry's and somehow it's always seemed like it would be difficult.

Can I really roast a chicken that tastes that good at home? Even without a countertop rotisserie?

Quite simply: Yes.

I found several different recipes and found that there didn't seem to be many differences, so I made some simple alterations to suit our tastes and stormed forward.

When I finished cooking, I was amazed. I even ate the skin off of my chicken (which is usually NOT my favorite part). And I bought my Foster's Farms chicken for about $3.05. What a deal!

Simple Roast Chicken

Make any alterations you'd like, but here are the basics:

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.

I started with a 3-4 lb. chicken, but recipes also call for 4-5 lb. birds, too. Femove the giblets and other organs from the cavity. Rinse the bird and pat dry using a paper towel. Cut any excess fat off the bird (mine had a couple of huge, thick pads of fat hanging by the cavity opening).

Starting at the neck, loosen the skin from the breast and tops of drumsticks by slipping your fingers gently between the skin and the meat. Move gently, it will come loose. Combine about 7-8 cloves of garlic, finely minced, and one generous tablespoon of chopped thyme, along with about 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil. Spread the garlic mix under the skin, all the way towards the legs.

Use a small amount of olive oil and rub on the skin of the bird. Sprinkle salt and pepper all over the bird. Lift the wings up and behind the neck, they will stay tucked there. Insert a meat thermometer in the meaty part of the thigh, making sure not to touch the bone.

Bake the chicken at 450 degrees for 30 minutes. Then, turn down heat to 350 degrees until the thermometer reads 180 degrees (about an hour and fifteen minutes). Remove the chicken from the oven and let stand for 10 minutes prior to cutting.

I served mine with fresh mashed potatoes, turkey gravy and glazed carrots.

If you haven't tried this yet, I really think you should give it a go. Next time, I want to try mine with rosemary.


Kristi said...

Yum! This looks good, and sounds easy. I'm going to give it a try. Since chicken and turkey are the only two "meats" I eat, I need all the new recipes I can get.

Dawn said...

Hi Kristi, you should give this a try. If you like garlic, this is a winner. If you are not crazy about garlic like me, you might want to cut back by a clove or two. I think it's great with lots of garlic tho!

ilva said...

It looks lovely Dawn! Makes me wanna make one tomorrow!

terrilynn said...

I was well into my forties before I figured out how simple it is to roast a chicken; now it's a staple in our house. I like to squeeze lemon juice all over the chicken, then stuff the lemons in the cavity with sprigs of rosemary-so yummy.

Dawn said...

Ilva, it was delicious! You should make one!

terrilynn, I saw another recipe that sounds the same as the way you do it. I think that I will try that version next time since I do love rosemary!

vlb5757 said...

Dawn, your roasted chicken looks much better than the one I did. Can you come to my house and make one for me? Pretty please!

BNA said...

Gorgeous! I love roasted chicken. The garlic sounds perfect.

Eric said...

That does look great Dawn. I will have to give it a try. By the way your site is great.

paz said...

Your roast chicken looks really good! Your blog is making me hungry!