There are unlimited resources and recipes for roast chicken, both online and on the cookbook shelf. Every family has its own method, and ingredients that make their recipe special, but there are a few details, such as temperature, time, and of course the chicken, that remain the same This is our version.
Roast Chicken for my husband
4-5 lb roasting chicken with any accessory organs and neck removed from the cavity
1/2 granny smith apple cut into large cubes
3 cloves garlic chopped
a few handfuls of Fresh parsley, curly leaf works better for this recipe
4 or 5 fresh sprigs of Rosemary
1 Acorn Squash, quartered and seeded
1 large yellow or vidalia onion, quartered (vidalia are sweeter than yellow)
Salt and Pepper
Preheat the oven to 425F. If possible use a small roasting pan with a shallow rack in the bottom. This will allow the steam to circulate without the meat getting soggy.
1. Rinse the chicken and pat dry. Stand up ( I usually lean it against the side of the roasting pan) wing end down. This will give you easy access to the inside of the chicken while keeping both hands free.
2. Add a generous amount of salt and pepper to the cavity of the chicken.
3. Fill the the chicken with layers of parsley, apples, and garlic until it just reaches the opening between the drumsticks.
4. Truss the chicken with twine.
5. Drizzle both sides of the chicken with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
6. Place the chicken breast side down in the roasting pan. This allows the juices to run into the breast while it is cooking, keeping the lean meat nice and moist.
7. Place the squash and onion around the chicken in the roasting pan. Drizzle everything with olive oil and add a bit more salt and pepper.
8. Fill the bottom of the roasting pan with water until it just reaches the rack.
9. Place the pan, chicken and all, into your oven and shut the door.
10. Cook for 1 hr
11. After 1 hr, use tongs to flip the chicken in its pan, so that the breast is facing up. Cook for 15-20 more minutes until the skin is lightly browned. No need to baste!