Our Favorite Roast Chicken

James Carrier

Notes: Consider this basic recipe a blank palette on which to layer flavors--herbs under the skin and in the body cavity, other seasonings with the salt and pepper over the skin, or embellishments to the pan juices afterward.

Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 392
  • Calories from fat: 55%
  • Protein: 42g
  • Fat: 24g
  • Saturated fat: 6.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 0.0g
  • Fiber: 0.0g
  • Sodium: 128mg
  • Cholesterol: 134mg

Ingredients

  • 1 chicken (6 to 8 lb.)
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation

  1. 1. Remove giblets from chicken and reserve for other uses. Pull off and discard lumps of fat. Rinse bird well inside and out; pat dry.
  2. 2. Sprinkle chicken lightly with salt and pepper. If desired, fold wing tips under first joint. Set bird breast up on a V-shaped rack in an 11- by 17-inch pan.
  3. 3. Roast in a 425° regular or convection oven until a thermometer inserted through thickest part of breast to bone reaches 170°, or 180° through thickest part of thigh at joint, 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 hours. If drippings start to smoke, tilt pan, skim fat and discard; then add about 1/4 cup water.
  4. 4. Insert a carving fork into body cavity, piercing carcass; lift bird and tilt to drain juices into pan. Set chicken on a rimmed platter and let rest in a warm place about 15 minutes.
  5. 5. Meanwhile, skim and discard fat from pan. Stir juices to release browned bits and pour through a fine strainer, if desired, into a small bowl. Carve chicken and serve with juices. Add salt and pepper to taste.
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