I’m going to cook you for dinner tonight. Oh, yes, I am.
Mom, are you sure you want to cook a whole chicken for dinner tonight?! Remember what happened the last time?
Mom, I just don’t think it’s a good idea.
Ok, so maybe it wasn’t my dog who was worried about my cooking skills. Even since I nearly blew up the house trying to make Engagement Chicken, I’ve been hesitant to cook a whole chicken– mostly because I have no idea how to do it. (I think I just got lucky with the Engagement Chicken! 😉 )
So, this afternoon, I sent a tweet looking for roasted chicken recipes. Allison replied with a link to Martha Stewart’s Perfect Roast Chicken. Exactly what I was looking for! And I had all of the ingredients in my kitchen. Perfect! 😀 But, you guys know how I am with recipes. I never follow them exactly and sort of do my own thing, so here’s what I did to make my chicken dinner this evening:
I preheated the oven to 425*F. Then, I (well, Mal) removed the giblets and excess fat from the chicken cavity.
I rinsed the chicken inside and out under cold running water and dried it thoroughly with paper towels.
Next, I liberally sprinkled the outside and inside cavity of the chicken with salt, pepper, and lemon juice.
I spread softened butter all over the entire surface of chicken. Then, I stuffed a few sprigs of fresh thyme inside the cavity as well as in the pan and on top of the chicken.
Finally, I placed the chicken in the oven and roasted it until the skin turned a deep golden brown, crispy, and the juices ran clear when pierced, about 1.5 hours.
Once I removed chicken from oven, I let it stand for about 10 to 15 minutes before carving it.
Well, Mal carved it. Isn’t that a guy thing? 😉
The chicken turned out SO WELL!!! I actually impressed myself and Mal could not stop raving about it. (I think he was a little shocked that it tasted so delicious considering how long I was fumbling around in the kitchen!)
With the chicken, I made a bunch of side dishes, including my favorite Roasted Broccoli recipe.
And store-brand rice pilaf from a box. My husband was very impressed with this meal. He doesn’t always eat this good! 😉
For dessert, I brought back one of my favorite treats: Sandwich Thin + peanut butter + chocolate & peanut butter chips. Best snack ever!
It’s been quite the day, so I’m unplugging for the rest of the night.
A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who left supportive comments on this morning’s post. It means so, so, so much to me.
Good night! Enjoy the evening! 😀