When you Google “secret to perfectly roasted chicken,” you’ll get 3,100,700 results and just as many different secrets.
Scroll through the pages, and you’ll read about brining, trussing, drying, rubbing, basting, steaming, no steam, butter, olive oil, rosemary, lemons, onions, salt, rock salt, sea salt, kosher salt and wine, just for starters.
Bottom line: there is no one secret to a great roasted chicken.
I try to keep my roasted chicken simple, with a few ingredients to impart great flavor. I fall somewhere in the middle of the steam versus no steam debate, as I don’t add liquid to my roasting pan. I do use lemon, onions and butter. (It’s argued that you shouldn’t add anything that will produce steam, resulting in a less crispy skin when you roast a chicken.)
Whatever you add, even if it’s just salt and pepper, all you really need is a hot oven and to make sure you cook the chicken all the way through (trussing DOES help).
1 (5 lb) chicken
1 Tbs salt
2 tsp pepper
1 Tbs Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
1 lemon, halved
1 bulb garlic, peeled and halved
1 sweet onion, quartered
3 sprigs fresh rosemary
4 Tbs butter, softened
Preheat oven to 425° F.
Rinse chicken and pat dry, removing giblets from cavity.
Place lemon, onion, garlic and rosemary in the cavity of the chicken, then truss. Rub chicken with butter; sprinkle with salt, pepper and Lawry’s.
Roast for 90 minutes or until the juices run clear. Remove from oven and tent with foil; let rest for 10 minutes.
Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 987, Calories from Fat: 259, Fat: 29 g (12 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 467 mg, Sodium: 3326 mg, Carbohydrates: 7 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 1 g, Protein: 165 g.