Best Roast Chicken
July 6, 2012
We love a roast chicken and this recipe is makes for a delicious meal. There are a fair few ingredients listed here but we just tend to use what we have in the fridge and store cupboard rather than getting things in especially.
We always buy a free range chicken to roast, if there are no free range available we won't buy one. Our reasons are not just because of the better flavour, but because of the treatment and conditions non free range chickens are subjected to.
There are strong and valid arguments from people saying they can't afford a free range however if you use all of the bird you can get 2 - 3 meals out of it, making it good value.
To offset the slightly greater cost we make sure we get the most out of the chicken. After the meal is finished we strip the rest of the meat off and save for another meal such as a chicken stir fry, chicken pie, chicken sandwiches for school lunch boxes - you name it...
We also always make a chicken stock with the carcass which we then freeze and use to make lots of meals including proper gravy, soups and butternut squash risotto. Home made chicken stock is fantastic and much much tastier than stock cubes. We've always got some in the freezer, ready for whenever we need it.
- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 1 hr 20 mins
1 hr 20 mins
1 hr 30 mins
- Yields: 2 - 3 meals
Season the inside of the chicken with salt and pepper and place inside two onion quarters, 2 or 3 garlic cloves, two lemon quarters and some of the fresh herbs. Of course you don't have to do any of this, we like it and find it adds a great flavour to the meat. It also helps make a fantastic gravy afterwards
Cook the chicken for about 1 hour 20 minutes at which time, take it out of the oven and stick a skewer in one of the thighs to make sure it is cooked properly. If the juice runs clear then it is, if the juice is pink return the chicken to the oven and cook for longer until cooked thoroughly
Other than teaching them about about using meat that has been given a good life, the children can help by collecting the herbs from the garden (or fridge) and preparing the chicken for the oven. This is a good opportunity to teach them about kitchen hygiene and how important it is to wash your hands throughly after handling raw chicken. Obviously we take over for the oven part, though older children can do this under supervision too.