Let’s talk about roast chicks shall we? I often think how easy yet complicated to be able to produce a delicious but not dry roast chicken on a Sunday lunch get together. I have a few tricks to discuss here and there but before that lets proceed with the simple classic ingredients.
A Handful of homegrown rosemary herbs
1/2 cup of olive oil
1 bulb of garlic. crushed
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp lemon juice
Make sure to have the whole chicken at room temperature atleast 20 minutes before cooking. You may also start to preheat the oven to 250’C.
Chop the herbs, Crush the garlic and juice the lemon. In a bowl, mix everything including olive oil, season generously with salt and pepper.
Place the chicken on a baking pan layered with foil. Carefully massage the herb mixture until the chicken is well coated. You may also want to stuff the chicken with lemon slices including some of the mixture & fresh rosemary for more flavour.
Bake the chicken for 40-1H depending on the size of the chicken ofcourse. Now that chix is off to roast you can start with your side dishes, some would do a roast potato, mashed, there are plenty of option. In my case I opted for a salad since it is almost summer and salad is a refreshing option instead of heavy sides.
Please do not forget to check on your chicken, turn the tray for even cooking half way through. There is no need to cover the chicken because as it bakes you also want the skin expose to brown and crisp. Do not poke to avoid juices coming out leaving you with a beautiful delicious and succulent roast after.
Tip: stick a thermometer to check if it is fully cooked, you want to reach 165’c-170’c internal temperature. If you don’t have a thermometer you may want to check by simply cutting on the thickest part to see if its fully cooked and good to go. But, using a thermometer is the only reliable method for proper doneness.
Lastly, when you have leftovers as sometimes we do, its perfect chicken soup for a light meal after that heavy lunch! Simply put together your leftovers in a cooking pot, add some chicken stock and gravy adjust flavour and seasoning accordingly.