I love cooking simply during the week. This simple roast chicken does the trick and the oven does all the work.
Start with the vegetables you will be using
Root vegetables are best I used colorful potatoes, carrots and onions. You can use sweet potatoes, turnips, parsnips, etc
cut them uniformly and season with salt, pepper and any herbs you like. I used Rosemary, thyme and some sage. Also a nice amount of olive oil.
If you are watching your calories, skip the oil and add half a cup of stock or water
Next, place the chicken over the vegetables
It helps if the chicken is at room temperature. It will cook faster and more evenly. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and herbs.
I like to stuff the cavity with a cut up lemon and even the onion skins. This helps to season the chicken from the inside
Place the chicken and vegetables in a 400 degree preheated oven. Depending on the size of the chicken, it should take anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour to cook.
The internal temperature should be 160 degrees.
Check the chicken in about 30 minutes to make sure it is browning evenly. Turn the direction of the pan a couple of times. Also, I like there to be liquid in the bottom of the pan. This helps with the sauce later and also prevents the vegetables from burning.
When the chicken is done, remove it from the oven. I put the chicken on a cutting board to rest at least for 15 minutes.
Put the pan on a burner and add white wine if you like. I had some laying around and so I added half a cup and now for the most important part ….
How to make the pan sauce. While this may not be considered a classic pan sauce by many, this is a great technique. Add a generous tablespoon of mustard and stir well. This thickens the sauce somewhat, but most importantly it brings all the flavors together – making a luscious sauce without the addition of fat.
Simmer the sauce. Check for seasoning
Carve the chicken
I promise I’ll do a demo of that someday when I have someone to hold the camera
Spoon the vegetables onto a plate. Place the chicken and let the sauce drizzle over everything.
i promise you it’ll be a delicious, healthful meal.
Until I cook again !