A while ago, I randomly bought a whole chicken because it was dirt cheap at the Teeter. I put it in the freezer, where it stayed until a few weeks ago when I decided I wanted to roast it. I haven't posted about it yet because I've had so much other stuff to post about, but I figured I needed to go ahead and write about it now since its kind of a winter-y recipe and spring is all of a sudden upon us.
I looked at a whole bunch of recipes and techniques for roasting chickens, and decided to kind of blend a bunch of techniques. To start with, I made a butter with lemon zest, garlic, and rosemary, and spread it under the skin. I stuffed the cavity with half an onion, half a lemon, and some rosemary sprigs. I decided to truss it because so many people said it helps the chicken cook more evenly.
Interestingly enough, I also found out that some people swear by preheating the roasting pan with the oven. This helps the thighs get a head start, which keeps them from being underdone when the breast is ready to come out. So, I decided to give it a try, and preheated the pan in a 425 degree oven. When it was ready, in went the chicken.
The skin was kind of torn, so that pin is kind of holding it in place. My mom taught me this trick.
In the meantime, I got the veggies ready by cutting them all down to about the same size. I decided to go with fennel, carrots, pearl onions, potatoes, and whole garlic cloves. I lightly tossed them in some EVO, salt, and pepper.
I roasted the chicken about another hour ( I can't remember exactly how much time it took). Don't forget to baste periodically. I also turned the pan around halfway through the cooking time to make sure it cooked evenly. When a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165 degrees, or when the juices run out clear instead of cloudy, the chicken is done.
Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and let it rest 10 -15 minutes before carving.
Although the veggies were done, I thought they needed to brown a bit more, so I put them in a Pyrex dish and put them under the broiler for a minute or two.
I made a quick, easy gravy with the pan juices, and sauteed some blanched broccoli rabe with some garlic and lemon juice, and that's it!