Perfectly Roasted Chicken – Comfort Food At It’s Best!

29 Jun

Whew. What a looong weekend/week. After everything we’ve all been through, I thought we deserved a little R&R and a deliciously comforting meal. This roasted chicken takes about 10 minutes to prepare so it’s in the oven in no time. It also makes your entire house smell like a cozy diner on a winter’s day.

While it roasted away in the oven, I got in a load of laundry, took the dogs on a w-a-l-k, (can’t say it in front of them, ya know) and took a much deserved bath. This is my go-to recipe for roasted chicken and it delivers time after time. I hope you like it.

The two of us can typically get about 4-5 meals out of one chicken so buy them when they’re on sale and keep them in your freezer to roast later. You can also freeze the cooked meat. That’s what I did tonight. We ate the chicken legs for dinner and I froze a bag of the breasts and two bags of shredded meat. That will come in handy later on when I’m in a hurry and need to make a quesadilla or a quick casserole.

Perfectly Roasted Chicken

Servings: 8
Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes total
Level: Medium

1 whole chicken (3-4 lbs.), thawed
3 cloves garlic, smashed
1 onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, cut into thirds
1 Tbsp. margarine
2 Tbsp. canola oil
1 Tbsp. poultry seasoning
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. chicken seasoning (such as Weber’s Kick’n Chicken)

Preheat oven to 400°. Remove innards from chicken. Dry off chicken, inside and out, with paper towels. Fill cavity with garlic, onions, celery, and margarine.

Rub outside of chicken with oil. Sprinkle seasonings all over. Tuck wings and tie legs together with kitchen twine, if desired.  Place any leftover onion or celery pieces in the bottom of a large cast iron skillet. Place chicken on top.

Roast in the oven, uncovered, for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reads 180° when inserted into the thickest part of the breast. Remove from oven, let rest for at least 15 minutes, and serve. Yum!

Tips
– If you don’t have kitchen twine, you can use unwaxed and unflavored dental floss or upholstery thread.
– Instead of using chicken seasoning, use your favorite fresh herbs, like rosemary or thyme.

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6 Responses to “Perfectly Roasted Chicken – Comfort Food At It’s Best!”

  1. Still Unwritten June 29, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

    THANK YOU! I have been looking for a recipe for that dang chicken in the freezer. It’s thawing now!

  2. Sunny June 29, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    Haha! I hope you like it. This recipe is so easy!!!

  3. Janet@fromcupcakestocaviar June 29, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    i love roast chicken and this one is making me want to go cook one… at midnight lol

  4. lindalyell June 30, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    This looks perfect to me! and yummy!

  5. Kate@Diethood June 30, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    I love roasted chicken… I’ve never stuffed it with that much goodness!! 🙂 I am looking forward to trying your version!

    • Sunny July 5, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

      The stuffing seems to always be things I thankfully have on hand… which makes this chicken even easier!

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