Friday, October 30, 2009

OMG!! This was SOOO GOOD! ( Roasted chicken)

Be warned that it was greasy... BUT, delicious!!! I found this when I looked at the current message board and found that this thread had a good number of views. I just loved it...with the lemon and the garlic and the thyme!!! YUM! I also made some chicken stock!!
I had never cooked with a fennel bulb before. It reminded me of a onion/celery. Are you suppose to eat it? I wasn't sure since it smells like black liquorice. I put it with the broth, but then didn't eat it :)
* Exported from MasterCook *

Perfect Roast Chicken
1 roasting chicken -- (5 to 6 pound)
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 large bunch fresh thyme -- plus 20 sprigs
1 lemon -- halved
1 head garlic -- cut in half crosswise
2 tablespoons butter -- (1/4 stick) melted
1 large yellow onion -- thickly sliced
4 carrots -- cut into 2-inch chunks
1 bulb fennel -- tops removed, and cut into wedges
Olive oil

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Remove the chicken giblets. Rinse the chicken inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pin feathers and pat the outside dry. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken. Stuff the cavity with the bunch of thyme, both halves of lemon, and all the garlic. Brush the outside of the chicken with the butter and sprinkle again with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken. Place the onions, carrots, and fennel in a roasting pan. Toss with salt, pepper, 20 sprigs of thyme, and olive oil. Spread around the bottom of the roasting pan and place the chicken on top.

Roast the chicken for 1 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh. Remove the chicken and vegetables to a platter and cover with aluminum foil for about 20 minutes. Slice the chicken onto a platter and serve it with the vegetables.

Source:"Barefoot Contessa Cookbook page 130"


Anonymous said...

My girls can cook. I am so proud!

Robin said...

Wow, that looks really good! Fennel is a great find. Yes, you are supposed to eat it ... but I think it's best when it's roasted. It has a completely different taste when it's roasted.