I turned 10 last year and my mother decided I better learn to make at least a few basic but satisfying meals so that I would always be able to feed myself, family, and friends.
It doesn’t get more basic than a nice roast chicken. Here’s how I make mine.
*Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
*Get a 2 to 3 pound chicken. Pick a high-quality one. Organic or kosher is good!
*Reach in and take the giblets out. (They’re usually wrapped up, but it’s still no fun. It has to be done though. You don’t want to leave them in by mistake!) Wash the chicken well and pat it dry. Pull out any little pin feathers. You might need tweezers for that.
*Cut either a lemon or orange in half and put it inside the chicken. (Squeeze it a little to make it fit and release some flavor.) If you have a few cloves of garlic and some fresh herbs (thyme is good!), put them in too.
*Rub the chicken all over with a little oil. Sprinkle on your favorite powdered seasoning. Paprika is pretty!
*Place a rack in the bottom of the roasting pan and put your chicken on that.
*Roast for about 1 1/2 hours. Keep checking. The chicken is done when it’s a beautiful golden color and the juices are clear instead of pink.
If you make a nice tossed salad with this, you have a great meal, fit even for company!
So–tell me, what are some of your favorite seasonings to go with chicken?
What do you do with your leftover roast chicken? I like to make a pot pie, but that’s a whole other post!