maybe it was because it was rainy, or maybe it really was fall whispering to me this weekend, but i had the urge on sunday to just make dinner. like, real dinner. in the oven. i walked over to eastern market and found the perfect little roasting chicken, ten new potatoes, some herbs, a lemon, and a bulb of garlic and got to work.
lazy sunday roast chicken
serves: 2, with plenty of leftovers to be reinvented on a hasty weeknight
prep time: a couple hours
cook time: 1 hr, 10 minutes, or until skin is crispy and brown.
- 1 small organic roasting chicken (3-4 lbs)
- 1 bulb garlic (halved)
- 1 lemon, quartered
- fresh rosemary
- fresh thyme
- 3 T. butter, melted
- salt and pepper
- 10 new potatoes
first, rinse the cavity and outside of your chicken, then pat the skin dry with a paper towel. salt the inner cavity as well as the skin, and refrigerate for a couple hours before baking (it's sort of a cheat/quickie way to brine). when you're ready to cook, heat your oven to 410 degrees. quarter the lemon and halve the garlic. stuff the cavity of your chicken with plenty of rosemary and thyme sprigs, the quartered lemon, and the halved garlic bulb. brush the skin of the chicken with the melted butter, then add a little ground black pepper. nestle your potatoes (or whichever root vegetables you like) around your chicken, and put it in the 410 degree oven, uncovered, for an hour and ten minutes.
is there anything more comforting and wonderful than sharing a roast chicken on a sunday night? if you find it...let me know.