Though roasting is usually reserved for the oven, this one can also be prepared on the BBQ. Providing you know how to control the heat on your grill. I’m still to test it on the rotisserie gizmo I have for our grill, but I’m sure it’ll be just as delicious. I’ll probably get the neighbors peeping over the fence when the aroma hits them! Remember that old cereal commercial with the toucan..”follow your nose”? Toucan Sam was his name I think.
Warning! Speaking about “following your nose” be sure that your family is not at home while you cook this up. During the roasting time, the entire house will be filled with the amazing fragrance of herb, lemon and garlic. You’ll get tired of hearing “how much longer before we eat?”.
1 Chicken (about 4 to 5 lbs)
1/4 tea spoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 bunch of fresh thyme (about 6 sprigs)
1/2 medium onion (cut in chunks)
3 cloves of garlic (slightly crushed)
1 teaspoon butter
1/4 cup water or chicken stock
Let’s start by preheating the oven to 450 F, while we prepare the chicken for roasting. Wash and pat the chicken dry with a paper towel. Then slightly crush the garlic (leave skin on if you wish), wash the thyme ( I got mine fresh from the garden, so I had to wash off the dirt), peel and cut the onion into 1/4 pieces and cut the lemon into quarters.
With the chicken “neck side” down – so you’re able to access the cavity, start by squeezing the lemon. Allow the juice to go into the cavity, then stuff with the garlic, onion, thyme and the lemon pieces that you just used the juice. The final step is to sprinkle the entire chicken with the salt, pepper and paprika. Then with your fingers, rub the butter on the breast and legs (basically the top side). Place the chicken in a roasting pan, with the breast side up so it’s resting on it’s back and place in the now hot oven. Add the water or chicken stock to the bottom of the pan to prevent any burning until the chicken starts to release it’s own oils and juices. Please keep the temp at 450 for about 20 minutes, then reduce to 375 and cook for another 1 hour and 10 minutes.
After cooking for the remaining hour and 10 minutes, you may find that it’s not as golden brown as you’d like. Feel free to turn on the broil setting in your oven and cook for another 5 minutes or so or until you achieve the golden colour you desire.
Note: During the entire cooking process I had the lid placed on my roasting pan. However when it came time for the broil setting, I did remove the lid. When your chicken is done roasting, do remove it from the oven and allow it to cool for about 10-15 minutes before you carve it. This will allow the meat to rest and prevent the meat from going dry.
When you “rest” the cooked chicken do have it covered so it remains warm and does not dry off as it’s exposed.
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