I have a go-to roast chicken recipe that I’ve been using, and sharing, for a few years. It is a Thomas Keller (of the French Laundry) recipe and so simple it is ridiculous. I made it last night for the bazillionth time. It is no-fail and always delicious. When you can get a plump chicken at the store for €3 or about $3.50 it is very economical. We can get two, plus, meals out of it and still have the bones left to make chicken stock for soup.
Here is what you do, and a few pics.
Put the chicken on the counter and pat it as dry as you can get it. The lack of liquids during cooking helps the skin crisp up perfectly. Let it sit on the counter for an hour or so to dry even more. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 450F or 250C. Put chicken in the pan (no oil in the pan) and salt it generously. I read someone say, “salt it like the road” 🙂. Put it in the oven for one hour. Do not baste it — do not open the oven. Resist the temptation. See, I told you it was easy. 🙂
After an hour remove and sprinkle with dried thyme.
I usually cook this ahead of time and just leave it sit until dinner. It’s good at room temperature or warm. Cut into quarters to serve. For a nice extra touch mix some mustard with some of the juice in the pan (use juice sparingly because it is very salty). Serve the mustard on the side with the chicken. Easy peasy!
I also saw a recipe from ItalianFoodForever.co posted on Facebook for roasted sweet onions with balsamic. It looked so good and since the oven was hot already I decided it would make a nice side. I always keep a rope of the sweet, red, Cannara onions on hand. I peeled and halved them. I used a small pan which could hold the onions snugly. In the pan I melted some butter, added a little olive oil, salt and balsamic vinegar and mixed. Then I put the onions cut side down in the oil/butter and placed in the oven for 20 minutes. Flipped the onions and went another 15 minutes. The cooking time depends on the size of the onions. They came out all sweet and carmelized and went well with the chicken. Mmmm!
I don’t need to tell you what day this is…but I will — it is ELECTION DAY! 🇺🇸 I stay away from politics on this blog for the most part. I don’t mind telling you, though, that I am on pins and needles here. The wait is unendurable. We, being 6 hours ahead of the East Coast, won’t really know much until Wednesday morning…so we will be up early in the wee hours watching. I love my country and I hope the election goes smoothly and without incident. I hope the aftermath is not violent. I am worried about that. I know a lot of people are. I saw pictures of the stores in the big cities boarding up like a hurricane was coming. How can this happen in the USA? How could violence be a part of our (once) free and fair elections? 💔
Stay safe everyone…
Those onions were sooooo sweet. A nice side with any roast or grilled meat I would think.
The chicken is the best ever and I have made it many times over the last several years . Next will try the onions they look so good!
Yes, I do get them at the regular supermercato. The Coop. I’ve gotten chickens at the butcher and they just don’t have the meat on them. Skinny lanky birds. Not good for this treatment. This recipe is foolproof and always really good.
Nancy that chicken looks delicious! Where do you get them in Umbertide? I’ve had a hard time finding nice chicken in Bevagna. If I order one from the butcher it is very expensive. Do you get them at the supermercato? — Jane
They were great. Sweet! And the pan soaked a bit and it wasn’t so bad as it looks 🙂 Luther is the bottle washer here as well!
Those onions look especially delicious, but I’m glad I don’t have to clean the pan – That’s my job around here!!
Ah, woman after my heart. Hoping all goes well and we can celebrate tomorrow or soon…
I’ve made my chicken as you do too in the past. It’s the crispy skin that keeps me coming back 🙂
Hi Nancy, Thanks for your roast chicken recipe. I”m going to try it on Friday. I make mine in a clay cooker with baby potatoes, onion, carrots and seasoning with salt, pepper and rosemary. I like it because the chicken meat comes out nice and juicy. On Saturday , I’ll tell you how your recipe compares to mine.
And yes, we are also on pins and needles here. I can learn to live with the pandemic, but not another four years of deception, ignorance, and hatred. Yes, it’s unthinkable about the need for the White House and cities to board up today. Our governor in Massachusetts has already called out the National Guard “just in case.” It’s an unnerving and frightening time.
So I’m headed to my bathtub full of wine to eat chocolate cake for a few days until this is over.