How to Roast a Perfect Chicken





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Published on May 28, 2008

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Everybody loves roast chicken. It's probably the number one comfort food out there. And you can take comfort in knowing it's incredibly easy to make.

Step 1: Heat your oven
Heat your oven to 450º.

Step 2: Rinse the chicken
Rinse the chicken. Make sure to remove the bag containing the neck & intestines.

Step 3: Make a bed of vegetables
Make a bed of vegetables. Dump the carrots, onions, celery, and garlic onto the bottom of the pan.

Don’t dump the vegetables when you’re done—use them to make a nice sauce.

Step 4: Stuff the chicken with seasoning
Stuff the chicken with seasoning. Insert the garlic, thyme, and lemon into the chicken.

Step 5: Season beneath the skin
Season beneath the skin. Separate the skin and insert butter and thyme.

Step 6: Truss the chicken
Truss the chicken.

Trussing a chicken not only makes it tidier—it cooks more evenly, too.

Step 7: Season the chicken
Season the chicken in the pan. Drizzle olive oil onto the chicken and then sprinkle salt & pepper.

Step 8: Put the chicken in the oven
Put the chicken in the oven. The oven should be set at 450º. If it appears the chicken is getting too much color, you should lower the temperature a bit.

Step 9: Remove the chicken
Remove the chicken after 45 minutes (for a 3 pound chicken). It may take more or less time, depending on the size of the chicken.

Step 10: Check the chicken
Check the chicken. Gently move one of the chicken’s legs. It should feel loose and easy to pull off. You can also use a knife to cut into the leg. Clear juices should drain out of the meat.

Did You Know?
A chicken once had its head cut off and survived, headless, for over 18 months.



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