I've been very much into getting new recipes lately even joining in on a recipe chain mail exchange. Nancy of Belle Epoque thought it was a better idea for us to post it up online which I totally agree. There's also a new website out called Cookthink where you can enter in whatever you're craving (or ingredients in your fridge) and the best recipes will pop up suggesting something good to cook.
So in the true nature of the Internet, here's my recipe to share with everyone!
Roasted Lemon Rosemary Chicken
This recipe was given to me years ago by one of my former roomates, Dani Karre, who is a chef. She told me every gal has to have a staple recipe to cook and said that this roasted chicken could be that simple staple recipe, yet be a cinch to cook. She was right. I've cooked this chicken for everyone and it's the perfect main dish for an intimate dinner or dinner party.
1 Whole Chicken
1-2 Sprigs of Rosemary
Butter or Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
Roast Time: Depends on Chicken weight
2 ½ - 3 pounds = 1 to ¼ hours
3 ½ - 4 pounds = 1 ¼ to 1 ¾ hours
4 ½ - 5 pounds = 1 ½ to 2 hours
5 – 6 pounds = 1 ¾ to 2 ½ hours
Preheat your oven to 375.
Clean and rinse chicken well, removing innards. Pat outside skin dry and lay the chicken upright on board.
Using your hand, separate a bit of the skin from the meat at the top of the chicken. Insert a small pat of butter within skin. (Can skip this if you are looking out for your cholesterol.) Alternative is to spray with “I can’t believe its not Butter” or brush with olive oil which is what I do.
Cut the lemon in half. Squeeze one half of the lemon juice over the chicken and smooth over skin with fingers. Take the other half of lemon and insert it into the chicken cavity.
Take 1 – 2 sprigs of rosemary and put 1 in the cavity and one on underneath the skin of the chicken (where you had put the butter). If you don’t want dried rosemary stuck to the skins, you can keep it in the cavity.
Sprinkle a dash of salt and pinch of pepper over the chicken.
Put the chicken in a roasting pan (turn the wings under the chicken so they don’t burn) and bake according to the weight of the chicken. Your chicken should look nice and brown (but not too dark).
Voila! You now have the secret easy-to-do recipe for fantastic roasted chicken!