This is how to make perfect roast chicken every time.
I hadn’t planned on posting this recipe because really it isn’t much of a recipe. Last week on my stories I showed that I roasted a chicken over sliced potatoes in my cast iron skillet, and so many people said “Biz, I’ve looked all over your site and can’t find the recipe!
So here you go – it’s basically the way Ina Garten makes it. So simple. The only thing I do different is put sliced Idaho potatoes on the bottom of the pan, cut side down, so the chicken sits on top of the potatoes as it cooks and the pan juices collect in the bottom of the skillet and make quite possibly the best potatoes you’ll ever eat.
I bought a whole chicken, that comes with the giblets inside. You can cook those up and feed them to the dog, or just throw them out like I did.
You’ll next want to wash and completely dry your chicken. Melt one tablespoon of butter. Heat oven to 425. Cut 4 potatoes in half, place cut side down and brush with a tiny bit of butter – you’ll want most of it for the chicken.
Brush the chicken with the butter all over the bird and season with salt and pepper. That’s it. It’s like you are making your own rotisserie chicken at home – so I keep the flavors neutral so I can use the chicken for anything later in the week. I did tie the legs together, but that’s just personal preference. I think the bird cooks more evenly that way.
You will need a meat thermometer. If you don’t have one, you will only make great meat if you have one – you can’t go by temperature of your oven or how long someone else cooked their chicken because there are so many variables. Are you constantly opening the oven door to check on it? Don’t do that. You will lost 25 degrees every time you open the oven door, and by the time it gets back up to 425, you open the oven door again, drops another 25 degrees – you get the idea.
Don’t open the oven for the first hour. My chicken was 5.5 pounds, so I knew it was going to take more than an hour. I probed the chicken with my meat thermometer, and shut the oven and didn’t remove the chicken until it reached 160 degrees. While the chicken rests, the residual heat will continue cooking the chicken.
Let cool completely before refrigerating.
I got this chicken in my meat bin, so it only cost $2.70 – I couldn’t pass up that deal. You can slice it up for dinner one night, pick off the meat and make chicken enchiladas or tacos. Make chicken soup – so many possibilities!
For dinner one night I just cut the chicken in half and reheated it in my cast iron skillet for Jacob. I’m basically the best mother in law evah.
And these potatoes?! I could have made a meal our of them.
I didn’t really do a meal plan this week because I knew I had plenty of food to make stuff with. These breakfast “nachos” were easy because I used 6 of the scoops to stuff my egg and avocado mixture.
My sister and I walked Macy’s yesterday. I had chili that I brought, but as I was coming back to the office, my blood sugar was dropping. I had my chicken and dumplings still in the fridge from the other day, so decided to reheat that for the carbs. Looks appetizing, no?!
That’s better. I will say that this was best the day it was made and the day after – this was probably 5 days old? Still tasty, but the dumplings weren’t as good as when first made.
Dak’s Spices has been so generous to me! They sent me a set of 6 of their seasonings, and I started using them, and all of a sudden I got an email saying “we are sending you all of them!” THAT’S 17 SEASONINGS! Holy balls. So far I’ve tried the Italian Blast, Greek, Steakhouse, and last night I tried out their Cajun Voodoo to make a cajun pasta dish.
I will post the recipe for this soon – when I can take better photographs, but this was delicious. I made the sauce with chicken broth, corn starch, fat free half and half and the cajun seasoning. I used lo mein noodles because they cook in 5 minutes, so this dinner was ready in 10 minutes. It tasted creamy, without cheese – the whole plate is only 5 points!
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All of their granolas, all of their pea protein chips, all of their quinoa chips and two coffee mugs. Check out this Instagram post here.
Happy Thursday – make it a great day!