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Recipe: Perfectly Roasted Chicken

Alternative title: The only Roasted Chicken Recipe You’ll Ever Need.

Too bold a statement? I don’t think so! This recipe is a basic guide to roasting chicken.  It will be followed tomorrow by suggestions for 15 flavor combinations.  That’s right. 15! By the time you get through these suggestions, I guarantee you’ll have 15 ideas of your own.  But, I’m getting ahead of myself, seasoning is tomorrow – today is an Intro to Poultry 101!



Perfectly Roasted Chicken

Serves 6-8

  • 1 whole chicken (3 ½-4 lbs)
  • 1 cup chicken stock

Preheat the oven to 425°F and position the rack in the lower third of the oven. Clean the chicken by washing with cold water and remove the organ meats from the cavity (reserve them if you want, I hear that chicken hearts are delicious).

On a rack in a roasting pan, place the chicken breast side up. Season and roast for 20 minutes. Flip the chicken over (breast side down) and roast for another 30 minutes. Flip the chicken again (breast side up), add ½ cup of chicken stock or water to the pan, and cook for another 20 minutes or until a thermometer reads between 160°F and 165°F.

Tilt the chicken to drain the juices before setting it on a cutting board to rest (let all meat rest for at least 10 minutes before carving). Skim excess fat from the pan; pour the chicken juices and drippings into a medium saucepan. Add the remaining ½ cup of chicken stock and cook over medium heat until reduced by half (adding more stock if needed).

The cooking time should be about 15 minutes per pound at 425°F.

  • At 350°F, 20 minutes per pound
  • At 500°F, 10 minutes per pound

The chicken is done when:

  • The juices run clear (rather than pink)
  • A meat thermometer (rather than a clock) reads 165°F. when inserted in the thickest part of the breast (without touching a bone)

To make this chicken more exciting and delectable, remember to check back tomorrow for a post with 15 herb and spice combinations for seasoning your meat!

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One Comment to "Recipe: Perfectly Roasted Chicken"

  1. Hello Kate Gardner,
    Thanks you for your post The traditional family roast is a fantastic time to get everyone round and have a good old chinwag over some delicious food. When I was a student, my housemates and I would get together every few weeks or so and prepare a roast together. It was a great bonding time and those moments are still talked about today. A good roast, done well, will infuse the memories of that time wonderfully. A bad roast will make everyone want to go home to bed though – so what are the secrets to a perfect roast. How do you leave everyone feeling just… mmmm.

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