Sunday, March 16, 2008

It's all in the rub

for roast chicken that is.
The dry rub I used:

1 T salt

1 T fresh ground black pepper

1 tsp cumin

2 tsp smokey paprika
1 tsp
Tom's Chipotle seasoning this is sister Moon's favorite seasonings

After rinsing and drying your bird rub the chicken with olive oil and butter. My bird was approximately four pounds.

Then the was cool enough today to turn on my oven. Follow these direction for baking and you will have the most tender, juicy bird. I found this method of baking over at

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Wash the chicken in hot water and dry thoroughly. Season the cavity with salt and black pepper and stuff with the onion, lemon, and celery leaves. Rub the chicken lightly with softened butter and season all over with salt and pepper. Tie the drumsticks ends together and set the chicken, breast side up, in an oiled v-shaped rack or on an oiled roasting pan in the oven.

I stuffed halved lemons and six whole cloves of garlic

Roast for 15 minutes at 425 degrees F, then reduce the heat to 350 degrees, baste the chicken, and roast for 15 minutes. Add the chopped onion and carrot to the pan, basting them and the chicken. Continue roasting the chicken until the juices run clear, for a total of 45 minutes plus an additional 7 minutes for each pound. (In other words, a 3 1/2 pound chicken would take a basic 45 minutes plus an additional 25 minutes, for a total 70 minutes or 1 hour and 10 minutes of cooking time.)

Remove the chicken and spoon the fat out of the roasting pan. Into the pan, stir in the herbs and blend in the broth and, stirring constantly, boil for several minutes on the stovetop to concentrate the flavor. Correct the seasoning and strain the sauce into a warm sauceboat. Carve the chicken and serve with the warm sauce, which is perfect for oven roasted potatoes.

Now with this large of a chicken and only the two of us, we have a lot left over, so I am off in search for a new chicken salad recipe.

Stay tuna'd for a new dessert I am about to undertake....


Moon said...

Tom's Seasoning have, for me, have the perfect balance of heat to smoky flavor.

Doodles, that leftover chicken would be great in soft tacos or enchiladas. Hustle yourself on over to the Super Mercado and get some fresh tortillas. Don't forget the lime.

Annie said...

Looks great. I also made roasted chicken with herbs and butter, but I used thighs. Easy and delicious!

sparrow said...

I'm not a choc chip fan, but this recipe looks great.

I found a delightful foodie website run by an English lady in Paris, (sounds like the beginning of a novel!)