Roasted Chicken is truly one of my staples for lunch & dinner. I mean think about it you can pair it with just about anything & it is done in no time…making it perfect for dinner this week.
All about prep…
In my opinion prepping the chicken is the most important part. This is when you can ensure there will be tons of flavor, it will be juicy and get the golden skin. So how do we do all of this… well, hold on…here we go.
First is about the flavor. I prefer a little lemon, some herbiness (not sure that is a real word) and some delicious seasoning. So for me I stuff the cavity of the bird with quartered lemons, onion wedges and garlic cloves. On the inside, outside & under the skin I use my favorite house seasoning (this is my go to) or any all purpose rub you love. I also add in a little extra course salt, just because.
Next… how do we make sure the bird is going to be juicy? Well I have found that stiffing the cavity helps, and also I rub the bird down with a mix of olive oil and melted butter. This helps hold in the juices as it roasts and will also help with the beautiful color as well. I also cook it on high temp which helps seal in the juices as well…. think of it almost like searing it.
Finally for that beautiful crispy skin. The olive oil butter mixture is key. This helps crisp up the skin while giving the bird incredible flavor. My secret though… shhh don’t tell anyone…I turn on the broiler for the last 3-5 minutes to get the skin extra crispy. It won’t dry it out, it just makes it so pretty.
Roasted until just done
As you get to the end of the cooking time to is important that you use a thermometer (I prefer this instant read one) to ensure the chicken is just cooked through at 165 degrees. You re going to let it rest for a while and it will cook a bit more as it rests so you want to take it out right at 165.
To make sure you are getting the right temperature insert the into the breast area, making sure to not touch the bone.
To tie or not
I am personally not a must tie girl when roasting a chicken. If you prefer to tie up the legs go right ahead and tuck them under the chicken as you place it on the rack to cook. It does work though without the extra step.
Time to get Roasted
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