How to Make Roast Chicken

Jun 29, 2011 11:46 am

4 easy steps to making a perfect roast chicken

Can you think of anything more comforting than the smell of roasting chicken? It's not that we can't, it's that we won't. With the addition of decidedly non-intimidating garlic, onion, lemon and the fresh herb of your choice, you can make a roast chicken to be proud of, basically just by putting the thing in the oven.

When you've eaten your fill of our easy roast chicken, take a page out of Mindy Fox's cookbook, "A Bird in the Oven (And Then Some)," a handsome tome filled with 20 inspired ways to roast a chicken, plus healthy, delicious side dishes, and 60+ recipes for using the surplus. A definite must-have.

perfect roast chicken
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After you make a roast chicken, save the carcass and make soup (is what our Grandmas always told us).
Servings: 4


1 4-pound chicken, preferably organic
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 lemon
2 sprigs fresh herbs of your choice, (rosemary, sage and thyme are good choices)
1 tablespoon olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Rinse and thoroughly pat chicken dry with paper towels.
  3. Season inside and out with salt and pepper.
  4. Pierce several holes in lemon and stuff into cavity along with herbs.
  5. Tie legs together with twine and rub all over with oil. 
  6. Roast for one hour, or when a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads 165 degrees.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 15 minutes before carving.
Level of Difficulty: 
Prep Time: 
10 minutes
Cooking Time: 
1 hour
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