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Roasting the Perfect Chicken - The Easy Way
This method of roasting chicken produces results far superior to the rotisserie chickens purchased at your local grocery or big box store. If you wait for a sale on whole chickens, you can roast a chicken for around $3. You will need the following:
1 Whole Chicken
Seasoning Blend of Your Choice
1 Small Onion
1 Small Lemon
Unwrap chicken, remove giblets and neck (reserve for another use) then rinse inside and out. Pat dry with paper towels. Tuck ends of wings under the chicken.
Rub exterior of chicken with the seasoning blend of your choice. You may want to try Lemon Pepper, Jerk Seasoning, Southwestern Seasoning, Poultry Seasoning or a mix of salt, pepper and sage. Sprinkle a little seasoning inside the cavity of the chicken.
Cut onion and lemon into wedges. Stuff inside the chicken cavity until full. This is an important step as it ensures your chicken will end up moist and juicy. If you choose, you can use all onion or all lemon.
Place on a rack in a roasting pan. Slow roast in a 250 degree oven for 4 to 5 hours. Baste the chicken once at the beginning of the last hour making sure entire surface is covered with juices from the pan. Use a meat thermometer by sliding it into the thigh near the breast but make sure you don't touch the bone. Your chicken should be a minimum of 170 degrees.
Remove from oven, cover with foil and allow to rest for ten minutes before carving. The temperature of the chicken should continue to rise to 180 degrees during this time.