Sunday, February 21, 2010

Roast Chicken Recipe

I love cooking a chicken. It is super easy and it tastes and if you have been working hard all day when the oven did most of the work! Another thing I love about this is the price. The chicken is only $3 to $4 then you add veggies and rice. You also get many meals out of one bird (unless you have a big family).

1 Chicken
3 big ones or a one to two handfuls of the baby carrots
1 onion (chopped into large pieces)
1 small lemon (chopped into 8 slices or so)
5 cloves of garlic
2 Tbs olive oil
Salt and Pepper
Rosemary and Thyme (fresh works best but you can use the stuff from the spice aisle as well.

Pre-heat the oven to 350. Wash the chicken and remove the "guts" (heart, liver, etc...). Dry the chicken off. In a large pan place the washed celery, carrots and chopped onions on the bottom of the pan.

Put a little bit of water in the bottom on the pan (about 1/2 inch deep). Place the chicken in the pre-heated oven for about 2 hours. The internal temperature of the chicken should reach around 180.

Remember to baste the chicken every 15 to 30 minutes.
When you take the chicken out make sure to remove the garlic and lemons from inside the bird.

Gravy:Strain off all of the extra veggies pieces, fat, spices, etc... Place the remanding liquid into a sauce pan and add about 1 to 2 TBS of flour. Whisk this constantly until the mixture thickens and now you have a wonderful, yummy gravy. Serve brown rice or mashed potatoes along with your favorite veggie and now you have a wonderful meal.

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