Sunday, March 25, 2012

Beautiful Sunday Roast Chicken

Roasted chicken is a delicious delight especially for Sunday Dinner.  This Chicken recipe requires about 
90 minutes of cook time and a watchful eye.

Preheat the oven to a temperature of 375ºF.

To start cooking your Sunday Chicken, remove the giblets, wash and clean the chicken with cold water, and pat dry.

1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp garlic
1 tbsp fresh tarragon
1 tbsp fresh thyme
1 tbsp fresh rosemary
1 tbsp fresh sage
1 tbsp fresh parsley
1 half lemon 
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Dress Chicken by coating the chicken with 1/3 marinade then sprinkling the following all over (this is a great job for the kids to help with-
make sure they wash their hands thoroughly before and after) Prepare inside the chicken cavity and out.
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp paprika
.5 tbs grated lemon peel

After chicken is prepared, place in hot oven.  Then add 1/4 cup your favorite balsamic 
vinegar and 1/4 cup red wine (preferably one you like to drink).  Shake marinade and pour 
over chicken every 20 minutes.  After marinade runs out then spoon or basted with liquid 
at the bottom of the baking pan.

As a rule of thumb, cooking time equals 20 minutes per pound of meat plus an additional

 10 - 20 minutes at a temperature of 375ºF.  Most chickens are 3-6 lbs.  On average, a 5lb
 chicken will need to be roasting in the oven for at 110- 120 minutes . A 5 lb chicken will serve between 4 - 5 people.

To check, Insert the meat thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken's thigh, 

without touching the bone. When the chicken is done, the meat thermometer temperature
 will reach 180ºF.  
When finished dress your plate with the other half of the lemon and serve!


Until Next time!