Thursday, June 3, 2010

:: Thursday's Recipe Rodeo ::

This is the place to get some new recipes or maybe even a twist on an old one. Feel free to take any recipe here and try it out. If you want to join in on the Recipe Rodeo, let me know! I would love to try some of your recipes too!

Today's Round Up: Roasted Chicken

I have never roasted a whole chicken before. That was until last night. Heaps of people had been telling me it was quite easy to do, yet I always found it to be a daunting task. After consulting Ina Garten's (the Barefoot Contessa) various recipes and talking with some friends, I bit the bullet and went for it. Let me tell you, it was quite easy and made the most delicious, moist, flavorful chicken that I have ever made and it provided me with enough chicken for a few meals. So, if you're anything like me and were intimidated by roasting your own chicken, don't be! Go on...try it!

Oven Roasted Lemon Chicken with Croutons

* 1 (4 to 5 pound) roasting chicken
* 1 large yellow onion, sliced
* Olive oil
* Kosher salt
* Freshley ground pepper
* 2 lemons, quartered
* 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
* 6 cups (3/4-inch) bread cubes (1 baguette)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Take the giblets out of the chicken and wash it inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pinfeathers. Toss the onion with a little olive oil in a small roasting pan. Place the chicken on top and sprinkle the inside of the cavity with salt and pepper. Place the lemons inside the chicken. Pat the outside of the chicken dry with paper towels, brush it with the melted butter, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken.

Roast for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between the leg and the thigh. Cover with foil and allow to sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat a large saute pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil until very hot. Lower the heat to medium-low and saute the bread cubes, tossing frequently, until nicely browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Add more olive oil, as needed, and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place the croutons on a serving platter. Slice the chicken and place it, plus all the pan juices, over the croutons. Sprinkle with salt and serve warm.

I switched up this recipe and used what I had on hand. I stuffed the chicken with four crushed garlic cloves, two sprigs of rosemary, and sliced onion. Tossed red potatoes, carrots and the rest of the onion with some olive oil and salt and pepper, spread on bottom of baking dish and placed chicken on top. I followed same cooking times as above. I basted the chicken with rosemary infused butter every 30 minutes. It was delish! Enjoy!

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