No Woolies rotisserie chickens because government said so? No problem! Let’s DIY instead like real anarchists.
Recipes on the internet usually include some kind of whimsical, mostly irrelevant anecdote about the writer’s childhood, so this one time when I was a kid, a dog pissed on my book bag at school and it was super embarrassing.
Anyway, the best ever roast chicken and how to cook it.
The secret to cooking the Best Ever Roast Chicken™ is cooking it hot, and cooking it fast. With this method – technically, a “dry brine”, if you want to be posh about it – your chicken is going to be gorgeously crispy on the outside, and wetdamp moist (sorry) on the inside. But! To compensate for the hot, fast cook, you should use a chicken that’s a maximum of 1.2 kilos, or it won’t work.
WHAT YOU NEED
A chicken, weighing no more than 1.2 kilos (IMPORTANT!)
Lots of coarse sea salt
A roasting pan
Dried or fresh herbs – thyme, sage, oregano, or tarragon (optional)
Lemon wedges (optional)
This recipe is best prepped one or even three days before, but if you’ve only got three hours, that’s okay too.
Dry the chicken with some kitchen towel
Rub the coarse salt all over it
Clingwrap the chicken super snug, and refrigerate it for up to three days
WINNER, WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER
Take your chicken out of the fridge, and let it get up to room temperature
Pre-heat your oven to 230 C
Remove the clingwrap
Don’t remove the salt, though
The chicken will probably have some visible droplets on it – dry it with some kitchen towel
If you’re using fresh herbs, season the chicken now
If you’re using lemon wedges, insert them into its you-know-what, and maybe apologise for the indignity
DO NOT ADD OLIVE OIL OR BUTTER OR SOME OTHER WHATEVER
Put the chicken into your roasting pan
Cook that chicken for about an hour, until it’s a luxurious shade of burnished umber, resplendent and glorious as an autumn morning
To test if it’s cooked through, push a fork into the meatfleshes between the chicken’s leg and breast – the liquid should be clear, not pink
Take it out of the oven and let it contemplate existence for, like, ten minutes or so
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