Tuesday, February 1, 2011

tasty tuesday- roasting a chicken

Happy Tuesday!

One day last week, I decided that it was a good day to roast a chicken. It was cold and gloomy, and we were expecting snow, so I thought it was a perfect night to do so. I found a few recipes that I liked, and didn't follow any one of them to the T, but used a good portion of Scarlet Thread's recipe, which can be found here.
I stopped at the grocery store and picked up a small whole chicken, about four pounds, I think. Also, Kosher salt (I was out!), a few lemons and then some small red potatos. I had everything else I needed at home already.
I opened the chicken and cleaned it, though I really just had to rinse it, as luck would have it, the giblets and other grossness were nowhere to be found! So, I rinsed it inside and out, and then let it airdry for a few minutes. Once it was dry, I took a stick of butter and rubbed it all over, inside and out (yes, slightly icky!). Then, I took a lemon, cut it in half and squeezed the juice all over it, again, inside and out. (tip- roll your lemon back and forth on the counter a few times, to get it juicier!). I took some herbs (rosemary, thyme and oregano, but you could use whatever you want) and sprinkled them all over it. Also, the salt and garlic pepper. I took one last lemon and poked a few holes in it with a fork and stuck that inside the cavity of the chicken.
I put it in the oven and it raosted at 350* for a good 45 minutes, though longer, I think. I checked it often and poured more of the lemon juice over it, to keep it juicy. Also, about halfway through, I took the small red potatos and cut them in half, and added them to the pan, to roast along with the chicken, and they got all herby and lemony too!

It was really delicious, and Steve loved it, so I think that this will move into a regular dinner rotation. Also, for some reason, I thought that roasting a chicken was much more difficult than it is, and it is such a satisfying dinner!
My newest Scarlet Threads apron, the Aubergine, named by yours truely :)

Come back later this week...I'll be giving away another Scarlet Threads apron! Can you guess which one it will be???


Kittie Howard said...

Looks yummy and so easy to make. Thanks for the extra lemon tip.

Annie said...

I used to be super nervous about doing this too but "conveniently" I decided to do one for the night my parents came into town. I used the Pioneer Woman recipe and it had lots of flavor just like yours. I think the only difference was I put the herbs in the chicken with the lemon when roasting (along with an onion). And sprinkled them on top too. This really does make you feel domestic doesn't it?!!!

KatiePerk said...

That looks good! You look very domestic! I roast chicken frequently now, because it is so much cheaper!!

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