Thursday, November 7, 2013

How to Roast an Amazing Tasting Chicken or Turkey

There's nothing that says home cooking more than roasting a chicken.  Your home smells like, well home, and everyone knows there's going to be plenty to eat!




For those of you who've never cooked a chicken I'm here to share that it's really easy.


Step one get a chicken and put it in a pan large enough to roast it in (no need to grease the pan).   Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Step two put 2-3 tsps. of herbs into a bowl, I like dried rosemary and thyme.  Mix it with 1-2 Tbls. of olive oil, then rub it all over the outside and inside of the chicken.  Wash your hands.  (The herbs help to kill off any bacteria that may be in the bird.)

Step three cook the chicken in the oven for about 1 1/2 hours for a 2 1/2 lb. bird, which mine was.  1 3/4-2 hours for a 3- 3 1/2 lb. bird.  I like to cook the bird breast side down to make the breast meat juicier.  
To check for doneness put a meat thermometer into the deepest part of the meat.  The thermometer should read at least 165 degrees.   

Step four remove the chicken from the oven and allow it to sit for 20-30 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute evenly throughout the bird.  Enjoy!






*I like to buy my bird already brined, which means that it's got some extra sodium and water solution added to it, along with seasonings.  I would normally shy away from that type of thing, but for the occasional chicken it really makes the flavor juicier and tastier.  It also seems to make more meat on the chicken because it plumps it up.  

My favorite chickens are organic and pasture raised, or cage free.  I buy mine at Trader Joe's for $2.69 lb., or $2.99 lb. brined.  Also the Trader Joe meat shouldn't have any MSG in it.


For roasting a turkey...

*Make sure the turkey has been fully defrosted, for a large turkey that can take 2-4 days.

1) Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Remove the giblets and any plastic that is in the bird, and put the turkey in a roasting pan large enough to roast it in. 

2) Put 2 Tbls. of herbs into a bowl, I like dried rosemary and thyme.  Mix it with 2-3 Tbls. of olive oil, then rub it all over the outside and inside of the chicken.  Wash your hands.  (The herbs help to kill off any bacteria that may be in the bird.)

3) The length of time the turkey needs cooked depends on how big it is.
     6-8 lbs.       2 1/4-3 1/4 hours
     8-12 lbs.     3 1/2-4 1/2 
     12-16 lbs.   4-5
     16-20 lbs.   4 1/2-5 1/2
     20-24 lbs.   5-6 1/2

4) To check for doneness put a meat thermometer into the deepest part of the meat.  The thermometer should read at least 165 degrees.   

5) Remove the chicken from the oven and allow it to sit for 20-30 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute evenly throughout the bird.  Enjoy!

If you'd like to stuff your bird add a half an hour to the roasting time.



Enjoy the smells and tastes of home!!!  









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