Thursday, January 20, 2011

Garlic-Rosemary Roasted Chicken

The last two times I have roasted a chicken, I could not get a good picture to save my life! Darn chickens, they are so unphotogenic. Well, despite that mishap, this was a really tasty bird. Garlic and rosemary are two of my favorite flavors when it comes to cooking and poultry. This is really simple and relatively quick to throw together, barring you don't get squeamish from touching raw chicken because you do have to get fresh with it when you stuff the herbs under the skin (just don't rip the skin like I did). However, you should give it a go anyway for your next Sunday dinner.

Garlic-Rosemary Roasted Chicken
1 (5 to 6-pound) roasting chicken
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary
8 garlic cloves, crushed
2 medium red onions, quartered
2 whole garlic heads
2 tsp. olive oil

Preheat oven to 450°.

Remove and discard giblets and neck from chicken. Rinse chicken under cold water; pat dry. Trim excess fat.

Starting at neck cavity, loosen skin from breast and drumsticks by inserting fingers and gently pushing fingers between the skin and meat. Place rosemary and crushed garlic beneath skin of breast and drumsticks. Lift wing tips up and over back; tuck under chicken. Place chicken, breast side up, on a broiler pan.

Cut a thin slice from end of each onion. Remove white papery skins from garlic heads (do not peel or separate cloves). Cut tops off garlic heads, leaving root end intact.

Insert meat thermometer into meaty part of thigh, making sure not to touch bone. Bake at 450° for 30 minutes. Brush onions and garlic heads with olive oil. Arrange onions and garlic heads around chicken. Reduce oven temperature to 350°; bake an additional 1 hour and 15 minutes or until meat thermometer registers 180°. Cover chicken loosely with foil; let stand 10 minutes. Discard skin from chicken.

NOTE: Squeeze roasted heads of garlic to extract pulp; serve as a spread on French bread, if desired.

SOURCE:Cooking Light


  1. I've been thinking a lot about Roast Chicken lately-longingly. This looks wonderful. I need to make it.

  2. One of my favorite things is just some shredded up roast chicken and veggies. Great meal.


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