Thursday, May 03, 2007

Roasted Rosemary, Lemon & Garlic Chicken

Roasted Rosemary Lemon Garlic Chicken
A spin on an earlier roasted chicken dish

Prep time: 5 minutes
Roasting time: 90 minutes or so

Serves 4

1 roasting chicken, cleaned
2 cloves of garlic, peeled & smashed
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
1 lemon, cut in half (first half, cut in two for cavity, other half sliced)
Juice of ½ lemon
4 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
1 extra sprig of rosemary, leaves only, but left whole
Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper (to season the cavity)
1 tbsp olive oil
½ large red onion, thinly sliced

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F/190°C

2. To prepare a chicken for roasting, I do some additional cleaning of the bird, removing any pin feathers left and taking out that huge lump of fat.

3. Season the cavity with salt and pepper and put ½ the rosemary, smashed garlic cloves and lemon quarters in the cavity. Tie the legs together and pin the wings under the bird.

4. Line a small roasting pan with foil (you don’t have to, but clean up is so much easier) and place the lemon & onion slices plus the rosemary leaves down as a bed for the chicken.

5. In a small bowl, combine the chopped rosemary, salt & pepper, minced garlic, lemon juice and olive oil.

6. Lay the chicken, breast side up on the bed of rosemary and onion & lemon slices. Gently separate the skin over the breast from the meat and put about 1 tbsp or so of the rosemary garlic mixture under the skin. Rub with outside of the chicken breasts and legs with ther rest of the mixture and sprinkle a little more salt and pepper.

7. Roast for about 1 hour or until the skin is quite brown, but not burnt. Turn the bird over onto the breast and continue to roast for 20 minutes.

8.Test the chicken with a meat thermometer for an accurate read. It’s ready at 190°F/87°C.

9. Place the chicken on a platter and cover with aluminum foil for 15 minutes or so. It keeps the chicken juicy.

This time I served it with a simple salad of sliced tomatoes, chunks of English cucumber and a half of an avocado with some Sherry Vinaigrette I had left over from yesterday's green salad.


anouk said...

tried this last night. you should have seen the look on my boyfriends face the moment he tried it! my first roast chicken and it was a beauty! thankyou so much! how do i see your other recipes!?

Ruth Daniels said...

Anouk, so glad it was a hit. As for seeing other recipes... just click on the strawberry pie icon on the right that says "recipe index" and you'll find everything from appetizers & snacks to desserts and everything in between. Enjoy.