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Roast Chicken (for any occasion!)

Roast Chicken (for any occasion!)

When we think of roast chicken we tend to think of it as being for special occasions only, but it's actually very easy to make. It feels like a special feast regardless of when you have it. Share the delicious, tender meat with your loved ones for a nourishing and comforting meal. It's a recipe you'll come back to again and again.

Ingredients: 3 servings

Chicken
1 whole bird (I used a 1.5 kg one)
Celery
about 4 stalks
Onions
2 small or 1 1/2 large
Mushrooms
about 3
Garlic
1 whole bulb
Lemon
1
Salt and pepper
about 1 tablespoon each
Kitchen twine
about 15 cm in length
Olive oil
as needed
Vegetables for roasting, optional
See Step 2

Steps

1. Wash the chicken and let it come to room temperature. Cut the kitchen twine to the required length. Peel the onions and cut into 1.5 thick rings, and put it in an ovenproof dish that you'll be roasting the chicken in along with the washed celery stalks. A deep baking sheet is great, but a pie plate or something is fine as long as the chicken fits.
2. If you want to roast the vegetables along with the chicken, wash and cut them up now. Try any of these for example: Potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, green beans, radicchio, bell peppers (gree, red, yellow, orange...), fennel bulbs, peeled chestnuts, figs, etc.
3. Wipe any dirt off the mushrooms. Scrub the surface of the lemon with salt, and roll it around a bit to release the juice inside.
4. Put the salt and pepper on a plate and mix together, along with dried herbs like rosemary that you want to use. Turn the chicken upside down and start rubbing it over with the mixed seasonings. Don't forget the parts near the thighs and wings.
5. Turn it over and continue rubbing the seasonings on the breast and legs. Put your hand underneath the skin on the breast and rub the seasoning inside there. The skin will not rip that easily so don't worry. If you have small hands you can really get in there. Preheat the oven to 220℃.
6. Next are the vegetables you'll stuff inside. Put in the mushrooms from step 3, as well as the whole garlic bulb. If you separate the cloves and smash them a bit before putting them in the chicken, it will be more flavorful.
7. Lastly, pierce the lemon with a knife all over and push it into the cavity. You can also try putting in other fragrant herbs or vegetables. Tie the legs on top of the breast and drizzle on some olive oil.
8. Fold the wings under the chicken, and put it into the oven
9. Roast for about 20 minutes. In the meantime season the vegetables from step 2 with salt and pepper, drizzle some olive oil on them and put them in the oven at the 20 minute mark.
10. Here's the roasted chicken! In our oven a small 1.5 kg bird still takes more than an hour. Please adjust the time while watching the bird cook. Drizzle some of the juices that came out of the bird on top to make it look even more delicious.
11. Don't throw away the remaining bones. Put them in a pot with carrots, aromatic vegetables, herbs, salt and pepper in a big pot and simmer for several hours. Let cool and put the pot in the refrigerator overnight. Skim off the hardened fat, and you'll have homemade chicken stock.