Chris2fer’s Excellent Lemon and Garlic Roasted Chicken

It is now in the “Dinner Rotation”…

Yesterday I installed a ceiling fan in our dining room. We have old knob and tube wiring, so there were two wires going to this junction box – both black. I’m not sure how much you know about wiring, but there is usually a white and a black wire. Let’s just say that I count myself lucky to be sitting here writing, and not unconscious on the dining room floor with Grady licking my face. And possibly taking a little nibble after a while, ’cause a dog’s gotta eat, ya know?

After installing the fan I rolled up my sleeves and roasted a chicken. Like that commercial says, I had roaster-phobia. But it was so easy! And it turned out moist and full of flavor. I also roasted some potatoes to go along with the succulent chicken. For “the green” we had peas. (At work, whenever I mention what I made for dinner the night before, a particular co-worker always asks me “And what was the green?”. Just because of her we had peas. )

It looks like it is on all fours, doing push-ups.

I modified Ina Garten’s roasted chicken recipe enough that I don’t feel bad calling this:

Chris2fer’s Excellent Lemon and Garlic Roasted Chicken

1 (3 to 4-pound) roasting chicken (serves 2 or 3)
Kosher Salt
Black Pepper
Several Rosemary Sprigs
5 heads Garlic, peeled and cut in 1/2 crosswise
2 tablespoons butter
3 Lemons
1/2 cup chicken stock
Spoonful of Flour

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

2. Remove the chicken giblets (they should be in a little bag in the body). Rinse the chicken inside and out. Remove any excess fat and pat the outside dry. Place the chicken in a large roasting pan.

3. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken. Stuff the cavity with the Rosemary, 1 Lemon (cut in half), and 2 cloves of Garlic.

4. Melt the Butter in the microwave (on low setting) with a few leaves of Rosemary in the bowl. Brush the outside of the chicken with the Butter and sprinkle with Salt and Pepper.

5. Cut 2 of the Lemons in quarters and scatter the quarters and remaining Garlic around the chicken.

6. Roast the Chicken for 1 hour, or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh. Remove to a platter and cover with aluminum foil while you prepare the gravy.

Yes, I know I roasted it upside down. It still turned out wonderful, so la-dee-dah to you. That’s right. I said it. La-Dee-Dah.

7. Transfer most of the juices from the chicken pan into another pan. Add about 1/2 cup of Chicken Stock. Bring to a simmer.

Mmm. Fatty goodness.

8. In a small bowl, mix warm water and the spoonful of Flour. Mix until smooth.

9. Add the flour to the simmering gravy. Stir constantly until thickened. Serve over the chicken.

I also had the Hub roughly cut up some potatoes, skins on. In a zip lock bag I mixed the potatoes, olive oil, garlic powder, and some Grill Seasoning (McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Chicken). I spread the potatoes on a cookie sheet and dotted them with butter. I just placed the pan in the oven with the chicken, and they were super crispy and wonderful when the chicken was done.

So yes, yesterday I was the epitome of getting stuff done. I wired up some sketchy electrical work, wrestled a ceiling fan into place, and made a roasted chicken dinner from scratch. All that after barely sleeping the night before and working all day at my grueling job.

OMG. I’m Martha Stewart.

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6 Responses to Chris2fer’s Excellent Lemon and Garlic Roasted Chicken

  1. Hubby says:

    I was impressed with all of Chris2fer’s work yesterday. The potatoes were like crack cocaine…I couldn’t get enough. Well done!!!

  2. BrendaM says:

    I like your tea kettle…is it copper? Hard to tell from the reflection 🙂

    Chicken looks yummy! I like to stuff my chickens with onions and apples and fresh rosemary(I have a huge plant in the kitchen). Lemons sound mmmm 😛

  3. Sadie's Mama says:

    I loves the crispy taters!!! Will try this one myself!!

  4. emielli says:

    Delicious looking! I’ve never roasted my own chicken.

    My mom’s boyfriend always has to have something green with his meal. It’s weird, but it’s a funny joke when my mom and I eat dinner by ourselves and there is nothing green on the table.

  5. Tara says:

    Tried those yummy potatoes tonight with some parmesan crusted chicken. They were delicious!!!! Thanks for the idea!!

  6. Sadies, Mamas' Big Brother says:

    So if you roast a chicken upside down how does the breast meat come out? I also wonder if the skin comes out a gooey mess or is there some crispiness to it as on the side roasted face up?
    Strange questions I know but it just made me wonder.
    Looks great tho!

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