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Written by the YesChef staff
By roasting a whole chicken, you’ll learn some essential cooking skills like how to prepare the simple roast chicken, truss the chicken, season it properly, how to determine when it is done, and how to let it rest. You’ll also learn how to carve the chicken, which will come in handy when serving it to guests.
Making the best roast chicken recipe doesn’t have to be intimidating. Here are some tips to help you get started:
There are all sorts of seasonings and spices that can enhance the taste of your roast chicken.
You can add a mixture of herbs like fresh thyme and oregano. You can brush the chicken with barbecue sauce or honey mustard before roasting. And you can flavor it with roasted garlic, which can be done by cutting garlic into small pieces and placing them inside the chicken cavity. When making his roasted chicken over an open flame, Francis tucks sticks of butter, rosemary, garlic, and lemon slices inside the skin of the raw kitchen. The end result is a bird that is bursting with flavor (including melted butter.) Here are some other excellent ways to flavor your roast chicken:
With Chicken Brine: Brining chicken prior to roasting is a great way to infuse flavor and moisture into your chicken. Brining is a process during which you soak the chicken in a solution of salt and water for a few hours before cooking. This helps break down the proteins in the chicken, making it more tender and juicy. The salt also helps infuse flavor into the bird, ensuring that it remains tasty even after roasting.
Freshly ground pepper: Pepper rubbed generously over the skin and inner cavity of the chicken is also an excellent flavor enhancer. Black pepper is good to flavor roast chicken with because it adds a spicy, savory flavor that complements the flavor of the chicken. It also helps to bring out the chicken’s natural flavor while adding depth and complexity to its taste.
Garlic butter: Garlic butter can provide an awesome flavor for roast chicken. To make it, just mix together, in a small bowl, softened butter, minced garlic, chopped fresh herbs (such as parsley, thyme, and/or rosemary), and a pinch of salt. Rub the garlic butter all over the chicken, making sure to get underneath the skin.
Lemon Juice: Lemon juice can be a great addition to a roast chicken as well. To use, simply mix together the juice of a lemon, some olive oil, and a generous amount of salt and pepper. Rub the mixture all over the chicken, inside and out, and let it sit for 15-20 minutes before roasting. This will help infuse the chicken with a bright, tart flavor while also creating a crispy and delicious-tasting skin.
Preserved Lemons: The salty, briny, citrus flavor brings a beautiful pop of color and flavor, and brightens up any dish, especially roasted chicken. Chef Erez Komarovsky always has a jar of preserved lemons in his kitchen and you can make it too by following his fabulous preserved lemon recipe.
Citrus and Spice: To season your roast chicken with this combination, rub the bird with olive oil, orange or lime juice, and a mixture of spices like cumin, paprika, and chili powder.
Before eating your delicious chicken dinner, you will need to carve it up. Don’t be intimidated. Carving a whole roasted chicken is easy with the right tools and techniques. First, using a sharp knife, remove the thighs and legs. Make a shallow cut between the leg and the body and pull the leg away from the body. Cut through the joint that connects the leg and thigh and separate them.
Next, remove the breast meat by cutting along the breastbone from neck to tail and pulling it away from the body. Then cut along the rib cage and remove the breast meat in one piece. Finally, move on to the wings by cutting through the joint between the wing and body. Cut it into slices for serving.
Roast chicken is a great dish for lunch or for dinner any day of the week. It’s a classic for Sunday dinners, and is a great way to meal prep for the coming week. It’s easy to prepare and can be served with a variety of side dishes. And roasting chicken is incredibly easy, requiring only a few minutes of preparation and an hour or so of baking. Serve it with a side of veggies for a complete, balanced meal.
The best roast chicken is even more delicious when served with the right side dishes. Some of the best side dishes to serve with roast chicken include roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, green beans, and salads.
Francis Mallmann brines his chicken, trusses it, and then hangs his chicken on wires over an open flame, roasting it until it’s golden brown. He serves the chicken with a side of pineapple, cabbage, and rescoldo vegetables, which are cooked directly over hot coals for a smoky, charred flavor.
There is nothing quite like Francis’s well-executed roasted chicken. For its juicy and tender breast meat and the incredibly flavorful dark meat of its chicken legs; for its golden brown, crispy skin, for its amazing flavor and aroma, and for its nutritional benefits as a high-protein, low-fat food, an easy roast chicken recipe is an important one to be able to master. Add some delicious sides such as rescoldo vegetables and your friends and family will be impressed by your skills and extremely satisfied with your meal.