Monday, 2 May 2011

Butter Basted Roast Chicken

There's nothing better than a roast chicken for sunday lunch. Can you believe that three years ago I had never cooked a chicken?! I hadn't LIVED!!

I usually rub my chicken skin with some olive oil, salt and pepper and shove it in the oven. But yesterday I thought, heck, let's try something different. I've been reading about different ways to prepare your bird for the oven and several blogs recommend butter rather than oil... 

So, I slathered (such a good word) my washed and dried chicken with about 4 tablespoons of salted butter, making sure to get in all the nooks and crannies. I seasoned all over with salt, pepper, 1 tbsp dried rosemary and patted 2 tbsp paprica all over the skin. It made for a very pretty bird:


Then I shoved a half a bulb of garlic and half a lemon up it's butt and chucked it in the oven. Easy peasy.

Hand on heart, I am now a butter basting convert. The chicken was tender and moist with crispy skin, fragrant with the lemon, and the paprica gave the skin a sweet smoky flavour. And, get this.... I DIDN'T BASTE ONCE! Talk about easy! We accompanied it with a quick Dauphinoise Potato (thankyou Jamie's 30 Minute Meals) candied carrots (alas no photo, sorry) and steamed broccoli. Went down a treat. Followed it up with some refreshing Grapefruit Granita.

Unfortunately, not all went to plan. I always use the chicken carcass to make stock because, frankly, homemade stock kicks ass - specifically stock cube's ass - and it has the pleasant side effect of making the flat smell chicken-y all day. But not today.


I left it on a high heat and it boiled away to nothing...

Ah, well.

I guess I'd better cook another chicken.

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3 comments:

  1. Ha...a lot can go wrong when we leave the stove running...I like marinading my bird with garlic, pepper, salt and olive oil overnight before roasting the sucker.

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  2. Ooh, marinading overnight - good tip, thanks! Thanks for reading!

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  3. What was the sauce you served with chicken when we came to yours? It was herby. I think. It was ace. Blog more please!

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