This past year, I decided that I would keep trying until I had perfected a tasty, memorable oven-roasted chicken.
My first try was delicious; but all wrong. I roasted the chicken upside down. Still, it tasted great, but the top of the chicken with the breasts that normally look nicely browned and seasoned came out of the oven not looking exactly picturesque. But, we ate it.
|From my living room window, the chickens are safe, as of now.|
|For now, we only have chickens for future eggs. Still waiting for our 1st egg!|
Next, I took three large carrots and a few potatoes that Deputy Dave had harvested from our garden, and I lightly peeled them and cut them into chunks.
I sprayed the roasting pan with a light coating of cooking spray and put the chicken into the center of the pan...breast-side up. I stuffed a few veggies into the chicken cavity along with a couple of whole garlic cloves and then cut a large yellow onion into quarters and put part of the onion into the chicken cavity. I took a few individual layers of onion and put them under the skin. The remainder of the onion was separated into thin layers and I laid these layers along the bottom of the rest of the exposed roasting pan so that the pan had a floor with layers of onion. I put the carrots and potato chunks on top of the onion layers.
With the contents of the pan in place, I sprinkled more of the seasoning all over the vegetables and cut dabs of butter pats among the veggies.
Into the oven the bird goes, at about 400 degrees. I used an internal thermometer to determine chicken doneness. Every now and then, I would take out the pan and turn the veggies and spoon pan juices over the bird, then pop it back into the oven. After about ten minutes, I reduced the oven temperature to about 350 degrees for the remainder of the cooking time.
The chicken browned beautifully. I did not take a picture of it when done, but the veggies had delicious partial caramelization. The onions that had sat at the bottom of the pan added delicious flavor and those were fully caramelized as well. I was amazed at the flavor because the ingredients were simple and the seasonings were straight-forward you-can-find-it-in-your-spice-cabinet-variety, nothing fancy.
This is one of my favorite meals to cook. It takes just a little bit of preparation to create such a fulfilling dinner and once it is in the oven, you have minimal worry and fuss. I can't wait to try different variations of oven roasted chicken, but I must pace myself. I am going to try to make a different oven roasted chicken meal about once a week, and I'll let you know how it goes.
If you have any suggestions, I'll gladly take them!