Roasting a chicken may seem like an ordeal but in reality it can be fast and easy. It requires little to no prep time and can be done in an hour or so. And, best of all, it’s a relatively inexpensive meal that looks expensive and like it took a long time to prepare. So, if you’ve ever wondering how to roast a chicken, I’ve included some very simple steps, and some easy recipes for leftover chicken.
4 lb chicken (can be a little heavier or lighter)
2 large white onions
2 baking potatoes
Salt + pepper
Roasting pan or ceramic casserole
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. Cut the onions into wedges and the potatoes into 1-inch cubes. Spread them over the bottom of the baking dish.
3. In a small dish, combine salt and pepper in a 2:1 ratio.
4. Open the chicken over the sink and let any residual juices or blood drain. Reach into the cavity to see if there are any giblets left inside. If so remove them, and either discard them or save them to make soup stock at a later time. You’ll want to take a paper towel and pat dry your chicken. Please DO NOT rinse your chicken; running water and raw chicken can help spread salmonella.
5. Place the chicken breast side up over the bed of onions and potatoes. Drizzle the exterior and the cavity of the chicken with olive oil, and then sprinkle liberally with the salt and pepper blend.
6. If you have them on hand, you could put lemon or orange wedges, garlic cloves, or fresh herbs in the cavity at this point to infuse a bit more flavor.
7. Put the chicken in the oven, and set the timer for one hour (the general rule is 20 minutes for every pound of chicken you’re cooking).
8. Test the chicken for doneness. This can be done in a few ways. One is to jiggle the drumstick a little and see if the juices run clear (clear juices means it’s done, red juices means it’s not ready yet). You can also insert an instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken. It’s done if it reads 165. If the chicken isn’t ready, put it back in the oven for 10-15 minutes and re-test.
9. Place your chicken on a platter over the bed of roasted potatoes and onions. Enjoy!
NOTE: To flavor your chicken just a bit more you can apply an herb butter. This requires you to chop fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme, and mash them into room-temperature butter. Carefully lift the chicken skin to prevent ripping, and massage the butter under the skin so it spread throughout the chicken.
Easy Recipes for Leftover Chicken
Laura Troyani heads up Marketing and Business Development for Plummelo. Not content with just being another behind-the-scenes pencil pusher, Laura decided to give blogging a shot and writes practical, everyday tips for the home cook (or aspiring home cook). Laura’s favorite foods are ice cream, olive oil, ice cream, parmesan cheese, ice cream, and occasionally ice cream.