People, listen up. Are you listening? THIS IS SOOOOOOOO EASY and delicious!!!
So delicious, in fact, that I don't even have any "after" pictures from the other night because we were so voracious when the chicken came out of the oven. The smell had enveloped the house and intoxicated us, so we ate... I completely forgot to photograph the cooked bird. (my apologies)
Henry patiently waits
Preheat oven to 375 or 400 degrees, depending on your oven, and how fast you want to cook your chicken.
This is a 5 pound organic chicken, and I cooked it for about an hour and fifteen minutes.
Rinse chicken and pat dry. Palm some kosher salt inside the chicken cavity, shove a couple/few stems of rosemary and thyme inside as well. Rub some extra virgin olive oil on the outside of chicken, along with kosher salt and pepper, and place it breast side down in a baking dish/pyrex. Meanwhile...
Boil a big pot of water and put the quartered potatoes in, (these are organic golden potatoes, but you can use any kind), also toss about 6, 7, or 12! cloves of garlic in the water, skins on, and a whole lemon. Once the potatoes are easily pierced with a fork, drain the water. (This usually takes about 5 minutes or so.) Take the lemon in a set of tongs ('cause she's hot!) and pierce it so the juices shpritz out, then quickly shove the spraying lemon into the bird, and put the garlic cloves inside the cavity as well. Surround the bird with the potatoes in a couple glugs of olive oil, kosher salt, pepper, and, if I have it, I sprinkle them in dill.
Here she is "before:"
|HA! I fear thee no longer!|
Hey listen, it occurs to me that I could be alone here, and everyone's roasting chickens right and left, but just in case, and to make my little inner-Oprah proud, if I can help just one person with this post, it will have been worth it. I'm a giver.
Late Addition: My friend, Blythe, commented that she puts her chicken in breast side up, so I consulted the Queen, Alice Waters. Here's what she writes, and I will definitely be trying this technique next time. Thanks Blythe!
Put chicken in breast side up; and roast for 20 minutes, then turn the chicken breast side down. Turning the chicken helps it cook evenly by circulating the juices and fat throughout the bird and allows the skin to brown and crisp all over. After another 20 minutes turn the chicken breast side up again and roast until done.
Anyone else? How do you put your chicken in the oven? Do tell.