Easy Roast Chicken – Perfection

Easy Roast Chicken – Perfection

Easy Roast Chicken – Perfection

Easy Roast Chicken – YUM!!

 I wanted to show how a humble chicken could be transformed into a perfect Easy Roast chicken, moist, juicy, tender  and bursting with flavour ! Well look no further here it is my amazingly moist and flavour packed Easy Roast Chicken šŸ™‚

Just look at it!! 

No dry ,old, tough meat here. My hack of armouring it really does work, give it a try 

An alternative to turkey - Christmas chicken

 

The best Roast Chicken 

I have elevated the chicken by pushing seasoned good quality sausage meat under the chicken breast skin, then covering it heavily in delicious smoked streaky bacon, it’s so flipping good.

The bacon and sausage almost act like  a suit of armour around the juicy breast – containing all those lovely flavours 

And actually no need for pigs in blankets as they are already part of the roast chicken! 

I add a lemon, some fresh rosemary, salt & black pepper and a good glug of olive oil over the whole bird 

It really is magnificent 

 

Moist perfect roast Chicken 

What I would say is go for a good bird, if you can.

Splurge a little and maybe go Free-Range or Organic – yum yum 

So why do I love chicken so much? 

  1. A chicken is really moist and super easy to cook
  2. It normally take much less time to cook  that other joints etc and certainly less than a turkey 
  3. More oven space as it’s a shorter roasting time 
  4. I simply prefer the taste of chicken to most other meats 

 

Step by step to your perfect Chicken 

****My chicken was a fresh 1.75Kg (3.5-4  pounds) – you must change the cooking instructions if you chicken is a different size)*** 

Step 1 – How to prepare your chicken 

Using your hand separate the skin from the breast and stuffed a flattened skinned sausage underneath the skin in a very thin layer

 

Step 2  – adding the flavours to your chicken 

Half a lemon and pop inside the cavity – you can also add some bay leaves and an onion in if you fancy it – it all adds to the flavour.

Next criss cross the entire top of the chicken with plenty of smoked streaky bacon.

Add some fresh herbs – I used rosemary and a drizzle of olive oil, fresh black pepper and salt

 

 

 

Step 3 How to cook a Perfect Roast Chicken 

Cover with foil and cook in a preheated oven for 1 hour – remove the foil and cook for a further 40 minutes (or longer depending on the size of your chicken) 

Rest covered for 20 minutes and serve with all the usual trimmings – delicious! 

 

How long should I roast my chicken for? 

Obviously the weight of the chicken determines the length of cooking time 

The guide is 45 minutes per Kg, PLUS 20 minutes – so you simply need to work it out from the weight of you’re bird. 

Chicken MUST be cooked completely before carving and serving. Raw chicken will harbour harmful bacteria and often causes food poisoning – so be careful 

Ensure you roast at the right temperature for the correct amount of time. 

Temperature  200C / 180C fan/ Gas 6

****My chicken was a fresh 1.75Kg (3.5-4  pounds) – you must change the cooking instructions if you chicken is a different size)*** 

 

Should I rest my Roasted chicken? 

Yes, yes yes. Just as you would your lamb or beef. 

Resting allows the juices to settle back into the meat 

Make sure you cover your chicken in foil when you remove from the oven (I also chuck a tea-towel or towel on top to retain the heat) 

I like to rest my chicken for 30 minutes 

You can prepare the gravy and the other accompaniments whilst it rests 

(and don’t forget to add some of those lovely chicken juices to your gravy – delicious!)

 

What should I serve with my roast chicken? 

I’m quite traditional and love loads of steamed vegetables and obviously wonderful Easy Roast Potatoes 

And sometimes if I’m feeling indulgent I may even make my Easy Yorkshire puddings, my recipe has been perfected over the years 

Easy Yorkshire Puddings baked close up

 

Enjoy – it really is delicious! 

Let me know how you get on 

Love Clare 

 

An alternative to turkey - Christmas chicken

Easy Roast Chicken - perfection!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 6
Calories: 562kcal
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A delicious moist and flavoursome roast chicken, it's so easy

Ingredients

  • 1.75 Kg Large fresh Chicken or whatever size you like
  • 1 Lemon halved
  • 2 Sausages good quality herbed ones
  • 300 grams Streaky Bacon - smoked
  • Fresh rosemary
  • 15 grams Olive oil
  • Salt & Black Pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6
  • Remove your chicken from it's packaging and place on a large foil covered baking tray
  • Using your fingers carefully separate the skin from the breast
  • Next skin the sausages and flatten them - slide them between the skin and the breast, should be a thin layer
  • Next criss cross the streaky bacon over the entire breast - use plenty
  • Place the halved lemon inside the chicken with some rosemary
  • Add some further rosemary between the breast and legs
  • Drizzle with olive oil and finally add some salt and black pepper
  • Cover tightly with foil
  • Cook for 1 hour (follow on pack instructions if your chicken is a different size)
  • Remove the foil and cook for a further 40 minutes
  • Once cooked (juices should run clear) remove from the oven, cover and rest for minimum 20 minutes, 30 if possible

Notes

*** All. nutritional information is approximate and intended as a guideĀ 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Easy Roast Chicken - perfection!
Amount per Serving
Calories
562
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
46
g
71
%
Saturated Fat
 
14
g
88
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
8
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
20
g
Cholesterol
 
144
mg
48
%
Sodium
 
482
mg
21
%
Potassium
 
409
mg
12
%
Carbohydrates
 
2
g
1
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
34
g
68
%
Vitamin A
 
225
IU
5
%
Vitamin C
 
12
mg
15
%
Calcium
 
23
mg
2
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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