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Roasted Chicken

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I grew up on a farm so don’t ask my views on chickens. To put it succinctly, I believe the only good chicken comes in cellophane. Having said that, chicken is one of my favorite foods to work with. It is easy and versatile.

I adore roast chicken and chicken is one of the few meats the baby will always eat. The only problem is that many recipes make something difficult out of what is very simple. To prove how easy this is I made it on a weeknight. Read through the directions first so you have an idea of how much time to set aside. The method may sound a little strange but trust me, it works! Save the leftovers and use them in things like chicken soup and chicken salad.

This recipe is from America’s Test Kitchen. They are always my go-to source when it comes to cooking!

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Easy Roast Chicken

  • roasting chicken
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Heat oven safe skillet in 450 degree oven. I just set the skillet in the oven while it was preheating. Prepare chicken by rubbing it with olive oil and seasoning it liberally with salt and pepper. Place chicken directly onto hot skillet.

Roast chicken 30 minutes or until it reaches 120 degrees.

Turn oven off. Let it continue to roast 30 minutes or until it reaches 160 degrees. Remove chicken from oven and allow it to rest 20 minutes.

Crockpot Chicken

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There’s a recipe going around the internet for “engagement chicken.” It appears to be a pretty delicious roasted chicken. I love roast chicken and how I roast my chickens is very similar to this recipe. I believe the rumored story behind this chicken recipe is that if you are dating and make this chicken you will quickly be engaged. Personally, I find hunting men via their digestive systems a little distasteful but if that is your thing, rock on. I’m not here to judge and like I said, the recipe looks delightful. However, if you don’t want to spend the time to roast a chicken or (like me) you hate carving chickens then put your chicken in the Crockpot.

A few notes: If you like the crispy skin of a roasted chicken (and who doesn’t) you won’t get it with this recipe. Crockpot chicken makes very juicy, tender, fall-off-the-bone meat but it is in no way crispy. Usually, I would add veggies like carrots and celery to the mix but I’m saving the leftovers to make chicken salad. Also, do NOT stuff this chicken with citrus. That is a foolproof rule for roasting a chicken but not when you put it in the Crockpot. The flavor will overpower your chicken.

 Crockpot Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole chicken
  • salt & pepper
  • onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • poultry seasoning
  • juice of 1 lemon

I always line my Crockpot, but you don’t have to. Place chopped onion on bottom of Crockpot. Place chicken on onions. Season chicken liberally with salt, pepper, garlic, and poultry seasoning. Pour lemon juice over the chicken.

Cover the slow cooker and cook for 6 hours, undisturbed.