Chicken is a food prepared in just about every type of cuisine. From chicken cacciatore to chicken fried rice to chicken curry to a basic roasted chicken, it is a versatile meat. Roasting or baking a chicken helps to keep the meat moist, without adding extra fat in the process. Baking and roasting are both dry cooking methods in an enclosed oven. Some recipes may call for a “baking dish” or “roasting pan” but the preparation steps are essentially the same.
Things You'll Need
- Paper towel
- Roasting pan
- Roasting rack
- Carving knife
- Meat thermometer
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Set your oven to preheat at 375 degrees F, unless the specific recipe you are using recommends something different.
Wash your chicken with cold water both inside and out, and then pat it dry with a paper towel.
Season the chicken to prepare it for the oven. Sprinkle the outside with salt and pepper, or rub an herbed butter over the outside of the skin. Find an opening in the skin and rub butter under the skin with two fingers to help penetrate the meat.
Place a half lemon, more herbs and several cloves of garlic into the cavity to create more flavor when roasting. Stuff the cavity with a standard bread stuffing or any stuffing recipe you choose, if you want an extra side dish.
Position the prepared chicken on a rack set on a shallow roasting pan. Set the pan in the preheated oven and roast for 20 minutes per pound, plus an extra 10 or 20 minutes if you are roasting at 375 degrees F.
Remove the chicken from the oven when the juices inside run clear, or a meat thermometer inserted into the thigh reads 170 degrees F.
Rest the chicken on the rack, a serving platter or on the cutting board for 10 minutes before you slice it.