Everyone needs to know how to make a good Roast Chicken and there are a million ways to cook one.
This is just one way! I like to start with the best quality chicken you can find. A natural or Organic chicken is best and if you can get it fresh (not frozen) even better. I like to cook it in a very hot oven with lots of salt and pepper on the skin and a few flavourings inside. Toss in some vegetables and there you go!
Awesome Chicken Dinner!
You will need:
- a nice little chicken
- olive oil or butter
- course salt and fresh ground pepper
- granulated garlic ( not garlic salt )
- 1/2 lemon
- fresh thyme sprigs
- 1 tbsp Zaatar or Italian Seasoning
- 1 head of garlic
- 2-3 carrots
- 1-2 potatoes
Heat oven to 450 degrees F. That's a hot oven!
Step 1: wash chicken inside and out with cold water. Dry with paper towels and leave in fridge uncovered for a few hours to let skin dry out. This helps to make a crispy skin. Put salt and pepper on inside and fill with 1/2 lemon, some garlic cloves and thyme sprigs.
Step 2: rub butter or olive oil on skin. Sprinkle with lots of salt and pepper.
Step 3: roast for 15 minutes.
Step 4: peel and cut your favorite vegetables, add remaining cloves of unpeeled garlic.Toss in olive oil, salt, pepper and a bit of Zaatar or Italian Seasoning.
Step 5: add vegetables to the pan with the chicken you have cooked for 15 minutes.
Step 6: Turn down heat to 425 degrees F and continue to cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour. I test the chicken's doneness by poking in a knife at the joint where the leg is attached and juices should run clear or I stick a wooden spoon in the cavity and tilt to to see if the juices run clear. The top should be nicely browned.
Step 7: Put chicken on a cutting board and cover with foil letting it rest for 15-20 minutes.
Step 8: remove vegetables and if the potatoes are not crispy enough for you - you can always put them in a saute pan and continue to fry for a few minutes to get crunchy.
Step 9: strain juices and pour off fat that will sit on the top. I use this as a simple jus or thin gravy.