Usually when I pull out my roaster, I’m planning to make a pot roast. This time I didn’t have a roast, but rather a whole chicken. I picked it up at the store on a whim, thinking it would be something different and fun. I’ve never cooked a whole chicken before, so why not?
I picked up some tips from some friends and relatives, and gave it a go. First I set the oven to 325*, but this proved to be a little high. I ended up turning it down to 250* for the last hour or two. So I would recommend 300* to start with so it doesn’t get dried out.
After mixing some herbs in a bowl with olive oil, I poked the chicken and rubbed the mixture in. I also placed a stick of butter on the top of it before tossing it into the oven. In all it was cooked about 6 hours, and checked on occasionally (I had to coat it a few times in juices so it wouldn’t get dried out).
The kids thought it was pretty cool to have a “whole chicken” for supper. After school when they saw what was cooking, they got excited. Just couldn’t wait to dig into it! And really it was pretty tasty….. both of them ate all there was on their plate. Even my son that’s rather picky, so I was pleased. The chicken was pretty tender too, literally falling right off the bone.
Something new, but turned out to be pretty good! Plus of course it gave us some leftovers, which I’m sure I’ll be posting recipes for. 😉