This roast chicken takes me back to my childhood days visiting my godfather in Princess Town (Trinidad). His chef would usually prepare this for us for lunch… served with steaming bowls of white rice and stir-fried cabbage, carrots and bell peppers. I still remember the fear which would come over me when his massive Great Dane named “Buster” would come begging for food from me. Buster was so BIG, it’s rumored that as a kid I could easily ride him like a pony.
1 1/2 tablespoon Ginger (grated)
2 scallions (chopped)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoon Chinese cooking wine
1 whole chicken
Important: If doing this recipe gluten free, you’ll need to use a gluten free soy sauce (tamari) to ensure it meets with your specific gluten free dietary needs.
Place all the ingredients (except the chicken) in a bowl and give it a good mix. I grated the ginger and chopped the scallions. Place the chicken into a zip lock bag (or bowl) and pour the marinade over it. Give it a good mix/massage and allow it to marinate in the fridge overnight or at least 2 hours. Tip: Place the bag on a plate in the fridge so if it leaks it will not spill throughout the fridge.
Next day, preheat your oven to 375 F. I lined my baking pan with parchment paper (you may also use tin foil), placed the chicken on it and covered loosely with tin foil. I like brushing off the extra marinade before I place it on the middle rack in the oven.
After 35 mins, remove the tin foil and crank up the oven to 400 F and back on the middle rack.
After 30-35 minutes @ 400 you’ll have a golden chicken, with a slightly crispy skin.
If you find that you don’t get the color you want, you can always turn on the ‘broil’ setting on your oven the last 4-5 minutes. If you do opt to use the ‘broil” setting, I’d recommend keeping a close eye on it as the heat will be HIGH (usually 525 F) and can easily burn the skin.
While not the precise recipe I grew up eating (I lost contact with my godfather over 25 yrs ago.. hopefully I can reconnect and get the actual recipe from him), it’s very similar (taste) and I assure you that this will not only be the easiest roast chicken you’ve ever made… you’ll be blown away at how juicy and flavorful this is.