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Ingredients (Roast Chicken):
- 1 whole chicken (approximately 3-4 pounds)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 lemon, halved
- 4-6 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
- A few sprigs of fresh herbs (such as rosemary, thyme, or sage)
- Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
- Remove any giblets or excess fat from the chicken cavity. Rinse the chicken inside and out with cold water and pat it dry with paper towels.
- Drizzle the olive oil over the chicken and rub it all over the skin. Season generously with salt and pepper, making sure to get some on the inside cavity as well.
- Squeeze the juice of one lemon half over the chicken and place the squeezed lemon half inside the cavity. Stuff the crushed garlic cloves and fresh herbs into the cavity as well.
- Place the chicken breast-side up on a roasting pan or a baking dish with a rack. Tuck the wings underneath the body to prevent them from burning.
- Place the chicken in the preheated oven and roast for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C) in the thickest part of the thigh.
- Halfway through the cooking time, use tongs or a fork to turn the chicken over so that the breast side is now facing down. This helps to keep the breast meat juicy and tender.
- Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the oven and let it rest for about 10 minutes before carving.
- Carve the chicken and serve with your favorite sides, such as roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a fresh salad.
- While the chicken is resting, you can make a simple pan sauce to complement the flavors. Place the roasting pan with the drippings on the stovetop over medium heat. Add a splash of chicken broth or white wine to deglaze the pan, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom. Let it simmer for a few minutes to reduce slightly.
- Optional: For a richer sauce, you can stir in a tablespoon of butter or cream at this point. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
- Strain the sauce into a serving pitcher or gravy boat to remove any solids. This will result in a smooth, flavorful sauce that you can drizzle over the carved chicken or serve on the side.
- Arrange the carved roast chicken on a platter, garnish with fresh herbs if desired, and serve with your chosen sides and the pan sauce.
Enjoy your delicious roast chicken!
Note: Cooking times may vary depending on the size of the chicken, so it’s always a good idea to use a meat thermometer to ensure it’s cooked through.
Roast chicken is a classic dish that never fails to impress. Its simplicity allows the flavors of the chicken to shine through, resulting in a delicious and satisfying meal. Enjoy the succulent meat, crispy skin, and the comforting aroma that fills your kitchen. Happy cooking!