When was the last time you had a roast chicken? If you’re a typical American, I’m gonna guess, um…it’s been a while. We need to change that! It’s one of my favorite things! Making a simple roasted chicken is a basic culinary skill that seems to have been lost. It used to be common place, but a lot of people today cringe at the thought of pulling off this simple, delicious, meal. Which is a cryin’ shame!
So today, I’m going to teach you how to roast chicken. Don’t be scared, I promise it’s easier then you think!
In my humble homesteader opinion, roasted chicken is a perfect meal for Sunday’s – it’s a little fancy, but super simple to pull off, and for our family, it creates enough for us to have leftovers that I can use throughout the rest of the week in other meals.
Oh, and it’s thrifty. Buying a chicken whole and cooking it yourself is far cheaper then buying chicken pieces. And one more pro for roasting chicken – you can make your own homemade chicken stock. Yes, you can! Tutorial on that to come!
So, are you ready to revolutionize your kitchen, and learn a terrific homesteading skill?! Let’s roast a chicken!
To start, place your 3 to 5 pound chicken on a baking sheet. If it’s a little moist, pat it dry a bit.
Then sprinkle about a tablespoon of salt over the top of the bird. (If your chicken is less then 4 pounds, you may wish to drizzle some olive oil over the top first. But I’ve found that chickens 4 pounds and over don’t need it.)
Next sprinkle on some pepper and then place your bird into a 375 degree oven and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
At 1 1/2 hours, I pull it out and check the internal temperature in the thickest part of the thigh, if it’s 165 degrees, you’re good to go!
How easy is that?! Right? This is a simple basic roast chicken recipe, you can change it up with different herbs and spices. But this basic recipe is a staple at our home. We serve it with salad and roasted root veggies, it’s one of my kids’ absolute favorites! And truly, it’s one of mine as well, not only is it delicious, but hands on cook time here is 5 minutes. Can I get an Amen, mamas?!
So go forth. Roast a chicken and revel in the fancy simplicity 😉