Some time back, after being inspired by this Scottish lady, I tried for the first time to cooka whole chicken. It’s one of those things that took me a very long time before I tried for the first time, and also one of those things I’ll be doing a lot of in the years to come. I never imagined it to be as easy as it was. And now I’ll show the easiest way to make chicken.
Before we often bought store-grilled chicken. Already spiced, marinated and cooked. I used to love them as a kid, but the quality of them aren’t all that, and so I wanted an alternative. This was one of those days where we all came home form work/kindergarten and were just worn out. We had a slice of bread when we came home, and decided on a late dinner. Still keeping it simple, this is what we did:
We had chicken thighs, but these were in the freezer and frozen solid when we started cooking. Not the perfect start, but we work with what we have. Whip together a marinade of lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, and rosemary. The marinade is good when it’s a little too salty and a little too acidic. Put it all in a bag with the chicken while chopping the veggies. Now put the oven to about 200 degrees. Chop potatoes, carrots, parsnips, and red onions in small chunks, the larger the chicken, the larger the pieces. Add a good dose of oil to a casserole and spread the chopped veggies to form a thin layer. Get the chicken out of the bag and try to massage in as much of the marinade as you can. Place the chicken atop the veggies, pour over some of the marinade and sprinkle over some rosemary. Place in the oven and cook until the chicken is done, the chicken should then be a little brownish on top, and when stabbed with a knife the liquid coming out should be clear and free of blood. The time in the oven varies from 20-30 minutes for room temperatured chicken thighs, an hour (or more) for frozen chicken thighs, to about two hours for an whole chicken (depending on the size). Turn the veggies every now and then if left in the oven for a long time.
This dish is so easy and so good. The chicken is tender and succulent, while the veggies caramelize and bring out the best flavours.