Easy Roast Chicken
- 5- to 6-pound chicken, wing tips removed Add to list
- Salt and black pepper to taste Add to list
- 2 organic lemons, halved Add to list
- 1 head of garlic, cut in half Add to list
- 1 bunch of fresh herbs of your choice (thyme, rosemary, sage) Add to list
- 1 cup of chicken stock or water for deglazing Add to list
Place rack on second level from bottom of the oven. Heat to 375° F. Remove fat from the tail of the chicken and remove giblets from the cavity (use or freeze for stock).
Season cavity with salt and pepper. Stuff with 1 lemon half, garlic and herbs. Squeeze the other lemon half over the chicken and season with salt and pepper.
Place chicken in a 12 x 8 x 1 1/2-inch roasting pan breast-side up.
Put in oven and roast 60 to 90 minutes (average 12 to 15 minutes per pound) or until juices run clear and internal temperature reads 165° F. After the first 10 minutes, move the chicken with a wooden spatula to keep it from sticking to the pan.
When cooked, remove chicken to a platter. As you lift the chicken, tilt it over the roasting pan so that all the juices run out and into the pan. Remove and discard the lemon, garlic and herbs from the cavity.
Spoon out excess fat from the roasting pan, leaving the juices, and put pan on top of the stove. Add stock or water and bring contents of pan to a boil, while scraping the bottom of the pan vigorously with a wooden spoon. Let it reduce by half. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve the sauce with chicken in a sauceboat.
For a thicker gravy, whisk in 2 tablespoons of flour mixed with 2 teaspoons of the chicken fat to the boiling liquid. Strain and transfer to a sauceboat.
Recipe by, PCC Chef
Source: Recipe from PCC Cooks class, "Perfect Poultry and Meat."
ABOUT OUR CHEF: Lynne Vea
Lynne Vea is a graduate of the Executive Chef Program at Le Cordon Bleu, Paris and has been cooking with PCC Natural Markets since 2001. Featured on King-5’s "Gardening with Ciscoe," she demonstrates easy and delicious recipes using seasonal ingredients.
Lynne is an admired PCC Cooks instructor, teaching a variety of popular PCC Cooks classes throughout the year.
She loves to collect old cookbooks, hunt for wild berries, and cook seven-course dinners where the guests are encouraged to dance and cavort between courses.
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