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Simple Roast Chicken

December 2005/January 2006

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There's no reason to get overly fussy with complicated techniques for a flavorful, rich and simple roast chicken, the ultimate comfort food.


Simple Roast Chicken

Makes: 8 servings

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Ingredients

  • 1 small onion, peeled and quartered
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and quartered
  • 3 sprigs fresh tarragon
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 5-pound chicken, giblets removed
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Place onion, garlic, tarragon and thyme into the cavity of the chicken. Tie the legs together with kitchen string, mostly closing the cavity opening. Pull the wings so the tips overlap on top of the breast; tie in place, wrapping string around the wings and body. Rub the chicken with oil, salt and pepper. Set in a roasting pan, breast-side down.
  3. Roast the chicken for 25 minutes. Turn breast-side up and continue roasting, basting occasionally with pan juices, until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, without touching bone, registers 175°F, 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours. Transfer to a cutting board; let rest for 10 minutes. Remove the string before carving.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Equipment: Kitchen string
  • Roasting Tips
  • 1. Very cold meat won't roast evenly. Place it on the counter while preheating the oven.
  • 2. Durable cotton kitchen string is sold at kitchenware stores, most gourmet markets and large supermarkets. Do not use sewing thread or yarn, which may contain inedible dyes or unsavory chemicals.
  • 3. A heavy-duty, high-sided roasting pan is essential for conducting heat evenly. Never substitute a cookie sheet. A broiler pan will work in a pinch, but the roast will inevitably be somewhat chewier.
  • 4. Give it a rest. A roast's internal temperature will rise about 10 degrees while resting. The natural juices will also reincorporate into the meat's fibers and the skin or crust will dry out slightly for a more toothsome yet more succulent dinner.

Nutrition

Per 3-ounce serving (without skin): 180 calories; 9 g fat (2 g sat, 5 g mono); 64 mg cholesterol; 1 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 21 g protein; 0 g fiber; 300 mg sodium; 217 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Selenium (30% daily value).

Exchanges: 3 lean meat


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Recipe Categories

Type of Dish
Main dish, poultry
Ease of Preparation
Easy
Ethnic/Regional
American
Total Time
More than 1 hour
Servings
8 or more
Main Ingredient
Chicken
Preparation/ Technique
Roast
Meal/Course
Dinner

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