In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Simple Herb Roasted Chicken.

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There’s something so comforting from not just the taste of a succlent oven roasted (say ‘bake’ chicken in the Caribbean) chicken, but that scent that permeates through your entire house originating from the kitchen. I remember being in Jamaica on vacation and roasting-off a chicken on the 4th floor of the condo complex we were staying in, and 4 floors below on the pool deck one would get the alluring whiff depending on the direction of the gentle Caribbean breeze. So simple, yet so tasty!

You’ll Need…

1 whole chicken (about 4 lbs)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon parsley (chopped)
1 tablespoon sage (chopped)
1 tablespoon rosemary (chopped)
1 tablespoon thyme (leaves)
2 cloves garlic (crushed or diced)

For stuffing..

4 sage leaves
2 sprigs rosemary
2 scallions
4 sprigs thyme

IMPORTANT! If doing this recipe gluten free, please go through the entire list of ingredients to ensure they meet with your specific dietary needs. If you wanted to kick things up, you can certainly add some Caribbean Sunshine (diced scotch bonnet) to the marinade.

Prep the ingredients for the marinade (dice, crush and chop). Clean and trim off any excess fat off the chicken (especially the tail area). Whisk the marinade and get ready to brush it onto the chicken.

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But before we do, lets take the sage leaves, thyme, scallions  and rosemary (no need to chop) and fill the cavity of the chicken. You may add some salt in there (not listed in the ingredient list), but I didn’t as I’m cutting back on the amount of sodium in my diet. Then liberally brush on the marinade over the chicken.

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You may certainly marinate this in the fridge for a couple hrs and overnight would give you incredible results. However all I did was the 5 minutes or so the oven preheated to 400F. Then into the oven on the middle rack. I didn’t cover the chicken as it roasted, but you can certainly tent it with some foil if you want to protect the legs and breast from going dark too fast. I did use a low-side cast iron pan, but you may use any roasting pan you like. As explained in the video (see below) the cast iron distributes the heat nicely, plus the low sides  means more surface of the chicken will be roasted.

This is what the chicken looked like after about 35 mins in the oven…

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To keep the chicken moist, feel free to keep brushing it with the oil at the bottom of the roasting pan every 10-15 minutes or so. After  1 hour and 20 mins it was done, but I wanted a bit more of a golden color, so I cranked up the “broil” setting on the oven. I believe it’s about 525 F, but for 3 mins or so as it can BURN quickly at this high temp.

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Tent with foil and allow to rest for a few minutes after you take it out the oven… before slicing through. Don’t recall mentioning it, but I did tuck the wings below the bird and a little kitchen string will be needed to secure the legs in one place. Enjoy!

Do you own a copy of my cookbook ?- The Vibrant Caribbean Pot 100 Traditional And Fusion recipes Vol 2

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