There’s a certain allure to a roast chicken dinner that’s hard to resist. However, the idea of roasting a chicken can be daunting for some. Fear not, because roasting a chicken is actually quite simple. Follow this step-by-step guide to master the art of chicken roasting.
Preheat Your Oven
Begin by preheating your oven to 425°F. This is the optimal temperature for achieving a crispy skin and juicy interior.
Prepare the Chicken
Before you get started, inspect the inside of the chicken. If you find giblets, remove them; you don’t want any surprises after your chicken is roasted. Trim any excess fat you might find on the sides.
Seasoning the Inside
Salt the inside generously. This is the only time the flesh of the chicken will get seasoned, so don’t hold back. The rest of the seasoning will go on the skin.
Take a lemon half and squeeze it inside the chicken, then drop the lemon in. Add some fresh herbs, smashed garlic cloves, and half an onion for extra flavor.
Tuck and Shape
Tuck the wings behind the back to maintain a nice shape. This also helps in even cooking.
Season the Outside
Season the outside with salt and pepper. Make sure to wash your hands and any utensils you’ve used to avoid cross-contamination.
The Final Touch
To achieve that golden, crispy skin, drizzle some olive oil over the chicken and massage it in, keeping the seasoning in place.
Into the Roasting Pan
Place the chicken on a rack in a roasting pan. This allows hot air to circulate around the chicken, cooking it evenly and crisping the skin.
Pour some liquid like chicken stock, wine, or even water into the pan. This will help you make gravy later with the drippings.
Place the chicken in the preheated oven for 15 minutes at 425°F. Then, reduce the heat to 375°F or 350°F and continue cooking for about an hour, depending on the size of your chicken.
No Basting Required
Resist the urge to baste; it will only make the skin soggy. Let the chicken roast undisturbed.
Check for Doneness
Use an instant-read thermometer to check the internal temperature. It should read 165°F. If it’s slightly lower, tent the chicken with foil and let it rest; the temperature will continue to rise.
Let It Rest
Allow the chicken to rest for about five minutes before serving. This will result in a juicier, more flavorful chicken.
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