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PERFECT ROAST CHICKEN



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The almost universal appeal of roasted chicken stems from its power to comfort. The ideal roasted chicken recipe will leave your chicken golden brown and gleaming, tender, and juicy. The crackle of chicken as it roasts and the wondrous aroma that perfumes the kitchen provoke a feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment.

Provided by Martha Stewart

Categories     Food & Cooking     Ingredients     Meat & Poultry     Chicken

Number Of Ingredients 8

1 six-pound roasting chicken
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 medium onions, peeled and sliced crosswise 1/2 inch thick
2 lemons
3 large cloves garlic, peeled
4 sprigs fresh thyme
1 cup Homemade Chicken Stock, or canned low-sodium chicken broth, skimmed of fat

Steps:

  • Let chicken and 1 tablespoon butter stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Remove and discard the plastic pop-up timer from chicken if there is one. Remove the giblets and excess fat from the chicken cavity. Rinse chicken inside and out under cold running water. Dry chicken thoroughly with paper towels. Tuck the wing tips under the body. Sprinkle the cavity of the chicken liberally with salt and pepper, and set aside.
  • In the center of a heavy-duty roasting pan, place onion slices in two rows, touching. Place the palm of your hand on top of lemon and, pressing down, roll lemon back and forth several times. This softens the lemon and allows the juice to flow more freely. Pierce entire surface of lemon with a fork. Using the side of a large knife, gently press on garlic cloves to open slightly. Insert garlic cloves, thyme sprigs, and lemon into cavity. Place chicken in pan, on onion slices. Cut about 18 inches of kitchen twine, bring chicken legs forward, cross them, and tie together.
  • Spread the softened butter over entire surface of chicken, and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Place in the oven, and roast until skin is deep golden brown and crisp and the juices run clear when pierced, about 1 1/2 hours. When chicken seems done, insert an instant-read thermometer into the breast, then the thigh. The breast temperature should read 180 degrees and the thigh 190 degrees.
  • Remove chicken from oven, and transfer to a cutting board with a well. Let chicken stand 10 to 15 minutes so the juices settle. Meanwhile, pour the pan drippings into a shallow bowl or fat separator, and leave onions in the pan. Leave any brown baked-on bits in the bottom of the roasting pan, and remove and discard any blackened bits. Using a large spoon or fat separator, skim off and discard as much fat as possible. Pour the remaining drippings and the juices that have collected under the resting chicken back into the roasting pan. Place on the stove over medium-high heat to cook, about 1 minute. Add chicken stock, raise heat to high, and, using a wooden spoon, stir up and combine the brown bits with the stock until the liquid is reduced by half, about 4 minutes. Strain the gravy into a small bowl, pressing on onions to extract any liquid. Discard onions, and stir in the remaining tablespoon of cold butter until melted and incorporated. Untie the legs, and remove and discard garlic, thyme, and lemon. Carve, and serve gravy on the side.

THE BEST ROASTED CHICKEN



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This is the best chicken I have ever made. My husband liked this so much that, because I had leftover potatoes, gravy, and cornbread stuffing, I had to make another chicken.

Provided by Patricia Feeney Monson

Categories     Meat and Poultry Recipes     Chicken     Whole Chicken Recipes

Time 1h35m

Yield 6

Number Of Ingredients 9

¼ cup butter, softened
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 lemon, zested and halved
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
1 whole chicken
1 tablespoon olive oil

Steps:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  • Mix butter, garlic, thyme, rosemary, lemon zest, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper together in a bowl.
  • Loosen skin on chicken breast; rub butter mixture between skin and breast meat. Press on the skin to distribute evenly. Rub oil, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper all over; place lemon halves inside cavity. Set in a baking pan.
  • Roast in the preheated oven, basting after 30 minutes, until chicken is no longer pink, about 1 hour. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone, should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Let rest before carving, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 380.8 calories, Carbohydrate 3 g, Cholesterol 117.4 mg, Fat 27.1 g, Fiber 1.1 g, Protein 31.1 g, SaturatedFat 10 g, Sodium 536.5 mg

PERFECT ROAST CHICKEN



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Provided by Food Network

Categories     main-dish

Time 1h20m

Yield 1 roast chicken, 3 to 4 servings

Number Of Ingredients 15

3 carrots, peeled and cut into thirds
3 ribs celery, peeled and cut into thirds
3 onions, peeled and cut into quarters
1 (3 1/2 to 4 pound) chicken, rinsed and patted dry
1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons cracked white pepper
1 lemon, halved
2 fresh bay leaves
6 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
4 sprigs rosemary, roughly chopped, plus 1 tablespoon for gravy
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup chicken stock
2 tablespoons roasted garlic
1 cup dry white wine

Steps:

  • Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.
  • In a 9 by 13-inch roasting pan, add the carrots, celery and onions. Season the chicken both inside and out with the kosher salt and white pepper. Squeeze the lemon halves over the chicken and place the rinds inside the cavity. Place the bay leaves inside the cavity. In a small bowl, combine the garlic, rosemary, olive oil and butter. Rub the chicken both inside and out with the garlic rosemary blend and place in the roasting pan.
  • Place the pan in the oven and roast the chicken for 40 to 50 minutes, or until the juices run clear. To test this, insert a thermometer in the thickest part of a leg. It should register at 160 degrees internal temperature. Remove the chicken from the oven and allow to cool for 10 to 15 minutes before carving.
  • Pour off excess fat from pan and return to heat. Whisk in chicken stock, roasted garlic, white wine and chopped rosemary, scraping up the bits on the bottom of pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Reduce gravy by half, until thickened.
  • Serve chicken with gravy on the side.

PERFECT ROAST CHICKEN



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Want a roasted chicken that is juicy inside without the use of a baking bag or flour? Then this recipe is perfect. It is quick and easy to prepare. The picture shown does display a chicken that was cooked in a bag, but the chicken was also roasted with vegetables and needed the bag to immerse the vegetables in the chicken flavor. I still guarantee a juicy chicken without the use of a bag each and every time.

Provided by jenmat

Categories     Meat and Poultry Recipes     Chicken     Whole Chicken Recipes

Time 2h15m

Yield 6

Number Of Ingredients 7

1 (4 pound) whole chicken
1 cup margarine, softened
1 tablespoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 pinch dried rosemary

Steps:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Rinse and pat chicken thoroughly dry with paper towels. Mix margarine, garlic salt, black pepper, thyme, parsley, and rosemary in a bowl and rub the outside of the chicken thoroughly with the margarine mixture. Place any remaining margarine mixture into the cavity of the chicken. Place chicken into a glass baking dish.
  • Bake chicken in the preheated oven until browned and the juices run clear, about 2 hours. An instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a thigh, not touching bone, should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts : Calories 650.4 calories, Carbohydrate 1.2 g, Cholesterol 129.3 mg, Fat 52.8 g, Fiber 0.3 g, Protein 41.3 g, SaturatedFat 11.6 g, Sodium 1381.5 mg, Sugar 0.3 g

PERFECT ROAST CHICKEN



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Provided by Food Network

Categories     main-dish

Number Of Ingredients 6

1 3/4 pound chicken, preferably free range organic
2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 lemon, cut in half
1 head garlic, halved horizontally
1 bay leaf

Steps:

  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Season the inside and outside of the chicken with the salt and pepper. Put the lemon and garlic halves and bay leaf in cavity of chicken. Place chicken on a lightly oiled rack set into a small roasting pan, or on a broaster. Place in oven and roast for one hour, or until done, depending on size of chicken, until instant read thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh reads 165 degrees, or until thigh joint juices run clear, not pink, when pierced with a knife. Remove chicken from oven and allow to rest in a warm place 10 minutes before carving or cutting into serving pieces.

PERFECT ROAST CHICKEN



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There are hundreds of ways to roast a chicken. This one gave a nice simple and juicy flavor that my family loved. It was declared a "don't lose this recipe mom." I used a Hawaiian salt on the chicken but any coarse salt would work. The Hawaiian salt just adds a bit of a different flavor.

Provided by cooking with love

Categories     Whole Chicken

Time 1h35m

Yield 6 serving(s)

Number Of Ingredients 7

1 lemon, cut in slices
1 piece fresh ginger, about 2-inch long cut in slices
10 garlic cloves, peeled
3 lbs whole chickens
coarse salt
pepper, fresh ground
olive oil

Steps:

  • Heat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Rinse and dry chicken and sprinkle with salt and pepper inside the cavity as much as you like.
  • Place the lemon and ginger slices and garlic cloves inside the cavity.
  • Place in a shallow roasting pan and rub on some olive oil.
  • Season the outside with more salt and pepper.
  • Roast 15 minutes then decrease heat to 375 degrees.
  • Roast an additional 65 minutes. Do not open the door during this process.
  • Remove from oven and let rest 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 326.7, Fat 23.3, SaturatedFat 6.6, Cholesterol 107, Sodium 100.7, Carbohydrate 2.5, Fiber 0.4, Sugar 0.3, Protein 25.5

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