I have been in search of the perfect Roasted Chicken for what seems like FOREVER. I have researched, tweaked and experimented with various of these recipes over the years. Nothing came out stellar… I want a chicken that is tender and juicy, yet I still want a crispy skin!
Who knew that I had it in me all the while to just come up with the technique and recipe on my own!
Roasted Chicken on a Bed of Vegetables
1 Organic Chicken
Sea Salt, for brining
In a pot or mixing bowl, large enough to accommodate the chicken, place the chicken. Cover with cold water and add at least 1/2 cup of fine sea salt. Stir to dissolve the sea salt. Let sit for at least an hour.
1 large yellow onion
4 large carrots
1 red bell pepper
4-6 Yukon gold potatoes
5 cloves garlic, peeled whole
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon Herbes de Provence
3 large sprigs fresh rosemary
2 sprigs fresh oregano
Sea Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Chop all the vegetables into large bite size pieces. Leave the garlic whole. Toss the vegetables and garlic with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Place all the vegetables in the bottom of a heavy oven roaster, one that has a lid. I used my 7 quart oval Le Creuset roaster here. It was the perfect choice and size.
Remove and rinse the chicken from brine and pat it dry. Rub entire chicken with a little olive oil and season inside and out with Herbes de Provence, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place chicken, breast side up, on top of vegetables in roaster. Arrange the fresh sprigs of rosemary and oregano in and around the chicken. Place the roaster on a rack in the lower half of the preheated oven, uncovered. After 15 minutes, turn the heat down to 350 degrees and cover the roaster with the lid. Continue roasting the chicken for another hour or so, until a meat thermometer reaches an internal temperature of 175 degrees at the thickest part of the thigh. Have a baster ready when checking the temperature. Baste the chicken with the accumulated juices in the bottom of the roaster. When the internal temperature reaches 175 degrees, remove the lid. Change the temperature setting on the oven to broil. Watching carefully, broil the top of the chicken for +\- 5 minutes, until the skin becomes deep golden and crispy. Remove the roaster from the oven. Let sit a few minutes to allow the chicken juices to settle. Remove the chicken from the roaster and place on a carving board. Carve the chicken and serve with the vegetables.
This preparation works so well due to the time spent under a lid. None of the steam and none of the juices are able to escape the roaster. This creates a juicy, tender chicken, and at the very end under the broiler, a crispy skin. Wow!
This is the kind of meal that brings the nostalgia and comfort of family time around the table into focus. The attention to quality ingredients ensures fresh flavorful results. I am always happy knowing that my friends and family enjoy coming over to my home to relax and enjoy a meal prepared with the most special ingredient of all,
As you may have noticed, I am wearing glasses! I have finally joined the ranks of eyeglass wearers, and out of absolute necessity, took on the task of finding a stylish and fun pair of glasses. There are so many online companies now that cater to very in vogue and stylish glasses. The only trouble was narrowing down the choice field.
These are GX by Gwen Stefani.
The minute that I saw them I knew they were just the perfect choice for me. What I love about the online experience is that you can just scan a copy of the prescription, order the product, and a few days later, the glasses are delivered right to your door step. This makes for a very stress free experience. So now I can see! I can read all of my cookbooks without squinting!
(And I thought those were just smile lines around my eyes.)
It is the simplest of things in life that bring the greatest joys:
A wonderful meal prepared with attention and care,
time shared with friends who always lift you up when you need a little extra push,
and the knowledge that you are just enough,
just the way you are.
“Mangia bene, Ridi spesso, Ama molto.”
La Zingara is an Italian Gypsy Woman, one whose Spirit yearns for a connectedness to the World around Her! That’s Me!!!