Simple and understated is often the best approach to food, fashion, and reacting to your friend’s horrific new haircut. It always surprises me how delicious a simple whole roast chicken is and it’s one of my absolute favorite foods. This recipe is pretty foolproof, too. Toss the bird in with your favorite veggies and roast for an hour and a half. The trickiest part is carving the golden bird. But, that’s where YouTube comes into play. Hope you enjoy this chicken as much as I do.
Rustic Roasted Chicken
Adapted from Ina Garten
1 whole chicken (about 3.5 lbs)
salt and pepper
1 bunch of thyme
1 lemon, cut in half
1 head of garlic, cut in half crosswise
fingerling potatoes (small bag)
4 carrots, cut into 2-inch chunks
1 bulb of fennel, top removed and cut into wedges
2 yellow onions, cut into chunks
Preheat your oven to 425. Rinse your chicken and pat dry with paper towels. Season the inside of the chicken with salt and pepper. Stuff the cavity with the lemon, garlic and thyme. Brush the bird with about a tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss veggies with olive oil and a good amount of salt and pepper and any leftover thyme that you have. Put the veggies in a roasting pan or dutch oven and place the chicken on top. Roast for 1 1/2 hours. See YouTube for helpful carving advice.