Monday, August 19, 2013
Herb Roasted Chicken
The condominium we are living in has a lovely pool, and two of our grandsons and their mom and dad came over for a late afternoon swim a couple of Friday's ago. I had told them I would make dinner so they didn't have to rush home and try to feed their two little ones. It's so nice to be able to prepare meals again, now that everything is out of boxes. Eating out loses it's enchantment quickly. Home cooked meals are tastier, cheaper to fix, and so much healthier. And, I just happen to like cooking.
I had two whole chickens that I had planned on frying, but somehow that seemed like too much effort for a Friday evening. Perhaps something baked? I went to my "go to" web site, Allrecipes.com, to look for something different. This herbed chicken was one of the first recipes that popped up and it sounded easy and delicious.
I would compare this to the roasted chickens you can buy at the grocery or Sam's Club only better. It was soooooo good and easy to make. Here is what you do.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees fahrenheit.
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp drie basil
1/4 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (I baked 2 chickens so I doubled this recipe.)
Mix spices together in a bowl and put aside.
Rinse the chicken inside and out and pat dry with paper towels.
Put the whole chicken in a baking pan, breast side up. Rub the entire chicken with some good olive oil. Sprinkle the spice mix over the chicken and rub it all over.
Put the baking pan with chicken in the 450 degree oven for 20 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 400 degrees and roast for an additional 40-45 minutes or until the internal temperature is 165 degrees. Let cool 10-15 minutes before serving. (The leg/thigh section should fall away from the chicken and juices should run clear)
Cut the legs, thighs, and wings away from the chicken. Carve the breast meat. Serve.
I have to say, this is one of the best roasted chickens I have ever made or eaten. It was simply delicious. Actually, I roasted two at the same time. We ate one and I had the second one to use the next day. The meat was so tender and flavorful, the skin was brown and crispy - mm, mm, delicious.
There are so many uses for the left over roasted chicken. You can make chicken salad, use it in a casserole, make sandwiches, or put it on a green salad. Makes dinner preparation so easy for another meal.
This recipe is one you should put in your "go to" file for those days when you want something comforting, delicious, but not too much trouble. You can make this one hands down. Everyone will think you spent hours slaving in the kitchen. Just don't tell them otherwise.
Things to Remember:
Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all. Harriet Van Horne