Such a cold dreary fall day and some comfort food is needed to break the mood.
A Roasted Chicken can be made a bunch of different ways and I find that there can be some strong opinions out there as to which way is the best. But, I have made chicken a few different ways and I think this one is the best, hands down!
This idea from this recipe came from Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Cookbook. The key ingredient that I now swear by…is the whole lemon. It not only makes my chicken look absolutely gorgeous, it gives it great flavor and makes the house smell wonderful.
Here’s what I do…
Preheat oven to 400°.
Chop 2 medium-sized yellow onions into quarters and place in the middle of a shallow roast pan. This becomes a “rack” for the chicken to sit on.
Take one lemon and pierce it several times with a knife. Place it in the microwave for 40 seconds. (already smells good…)
Place the lemon and a bunch of fresh thyme inside the cavity of the chicken. (thyme + chicken = yum)
Rub the chicken with olive oil and salt and pepper the surface. I like to use coarse sea salt for my roasts (if you have it).
Sit the chicken on the onions. If I am roasting other veggies like carrots and potatoes, I place them around the chicken.
That’s it! Place it in the oven and roast. A 3 ½ to 4 pound chicken should take 2 to 2 ¼ hours, but test for doneness.
What is your favorite way to roast chicken?