my favourite way to roast a chicken

1 small whole organic chicken, washed and dried - inside and out
combo of any of these herbs - thyme, rosemary, tarragon, parsley
juice of 1/2 lemon, organic
salt and freshly ground black pepper
splash of olive oil
ziploc bag
parchment paper

'Butterfly' the chicken by cutting right down the backbone-so that it will lay flat on the baking sheet
Throw the chicken, lemon juice, herbs, salt, pepper and splash of olive oil into the ziploc bag. Seal and shake gently to dispurse seasonings
Let marinate in the fridge overnight or the afternoon-either is fine
Lay the chicken--bones facing downward--onto the parchment lined baking sheet
Set in pre-heated oven 425 for one hour or so (the high temperature roasts, browns and crisps the chicken quickly)
Let sit for 5 minutes before cutting into quarters or fifths depending

*I must give credit to Nigella Lawson, I saw her do this some time back on one of her shows


Anonymous said...

Perfectly summery and delicious! Fills the house with smells of comfort

Anonymous said...

I came across your site and tried your chicken dish, my guests said it was the best chicken they ever had, please post some more recipes. Thanks very much!
Delia Houston