"For I was hungry & you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty & you gave me something to drink..."

Matthew 25:35

Sunday, March 15, 2009

roast chicken

i bought a 7lb chicken & decided to make dinner for the IL's- i paired it with mashed potatoes & steamed broccoli/cauliflower- yum!

1 6-7lb chicken
1 lemon
1 bunch thyme
1 bunch sage
6-8 slices smoked bacon
1 stick softened butter
1 head garlic
salt/pepper/extra garlic- seasonings to taste
3/4 cup dry vermouth
pre-heat oven to 450
clean the chicken with cold water & pat dry (remove the inside crap too- gross)
generously salt & pepper the chicken (inside & out)
chop about 1/4- 1/2 the bunches of thyme & sage- mix this (along with some garlic & other seasonings) with the butter to make an herbed butter
usuing your hands, spread the herbed butter all over the chicken- make sure to get this under the skin as well as on it.
cut the lemon in half & stuff it into the chicken along with the peeled garlic head- then shove the rest of the thyme & sage bunch inside as well. (i left out a few pieces & stuck them on the chicken)
pop the chicken into a roasting pan
pour about 1/2 the vermouth into the pan & then inject the chicken all over with the rest (i got my injector at WilliamsSonoma)
lastly- place the bacon over the top of the chicken.
place the chicken (uncovered) in the oven for about 20 min. turn the oven down to 350 & cover the chicken- roast the chicken for an addtl 1 1/2
halfway through, remove the bacon from the top & place around the chicken
about 30 min before the chicken is done- crank the oven back up to 450 and uncover the chicken- this will crisp up the skin- the chicken is done when the internal temp = 170.
let the chicken sit 10-15 min before cutting into it- enjoy!
Enjoy & God Bless!
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