I roasted a chicken for the first time tonight and it was a capital S success. I scoured the Internet for a recipe that I liked and felt confident enough to try, but ended up making my own “hybrid” by using alittlebitofthisandalittlebitofthat from various recipes :).
What you need:
4-6 pound whole chicken (without neck and giblets). I used a “Just Bare” chicken
Garlic (4 cloves)
Lemon (1 cut crosswise)
A bunch of Thyme
2-3 tbsp butter (melted)
What you do:
Pre heat oven to 425 degrees
Peel and thickly slice two large onions
Spread the onions on the bottom of a cast iron Dutch oven (drizzle with olive oil)
(You could cut up some carrots too)
Rinse the chicken (inside and out) and pat it dry
Sprinkle the cavity with salt and pepper (don’t be shy)
Peel and smash (I use the broad side of my chooping knife) 4 cloves of garlic
Stuff the cavity with the lemon, garlic and thyme
Truss the chicken (I had to watch a YouTube video by some guy named Jerry like a thousand times. It was kind of funny though so I didn’t mind.)
Place your chicken (breast up) on the bed of onions
Brush the chicken with the melted butter
Salt and pepper your bird (to taste…but liberally)
Roast your chicken (uncovered) for approximately 90 minutes or until your meat thermometer reads 165 (in the thickest part of the thigh)… I had to YouTube that too…lol
And that, my friends, is how you roast a chicken!
(says the girl who’s done it once).