Monday, October 21, 2013

Roast Whole Chicken




This roast whole chicken with root vegetable recipe is easy and economical to prepare and provides a hearty and delicious meal for the family. This is ideal for a weekend dinner when you are too lazy or do not have much time to prepare the meal.

The chicken is crispy on the outside, juicy, flavourful and tender inside. Besides saving time, there are good reasons to roast the whole chicken on a bed of carrots, potatoes, celery and onion. The steam from the root vegetable keeps the chicken moist while the juice and oil from the chicken add much flavour to the roasted vegetable.

Do not know what to cook this weekend? Try this out!


Ingredients 
(Serves 3-4)

1 whole chicken (1.5 - 2 kg)
2-3 celery sticks (cut into finger long)
2-3 carrots (skinned and cut diagonally about 2cm thick)
2-3 potatoes (peeled and cut into 2 cm thick)
2 onions (peeled and cut into 1 cm thick)
1 lemon (cut into 1 cm thick with the skin on)
2 bulbs garlic (broken into cloves and peeled)
2-3 sprigs rosemary
Sea salt
Black pepper corn
Olive oil (or melted butter)
30g butter block

Direction

Preheat the oven to 240C.

Wash, clean and pat dry the chicken with kitchen towel. Drizzle olive oil (or melted butter) over chicken and season it well by rubbing sea salt and black pepper all over including the inside of the cavity.

Stuff half portion of the peeled garlic cloves, lemon slices, block of butter and rosemary sprig into the cavity.

Pile all the root vegetables and the remaining garlic cloves into the middle of a large roasting tray and drizzle and tossed with olive oil. Place the whole chicken on the bed of vegetable right at the centre of roasting tray.

Put the tray into the oven and immediately reduce the temperature to 200C and roast for 20 minutes. Lower the temperate further to 180C and cook for another hour.

Now place the roasted chicken on a board and let it rest for 10-15 minutes. Transfer the roasted vegetable to serving plates.

Cut the chicken into sections and serve. Or simply tear the chicken apart and enjoy! 

Oh and don't forget the bottle of oaked Chardonnay!









42 comments:

  1. Sigh!!! My rosemary died, gotta try this soon...will probably have to used the bottled ones or some other herbs then. Wish me luck!

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  2. Hi Alvin, early in the morning looking at your golden brown roasted chicken make me feel so hungry! I bet this is a great recipe and have bookmarked it for Christmas! Thanks :)

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    1. Haha... Thanks Esther! For X'mas? You need a big chicken or a few of them! :D

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  3. Roast chicken is always a welcome to me. Roast chicken is easy and hassle free to prepare. Love it.

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  4. Love roast chicken.... but for some reason, KL's chickens not so nice.... prefer the ones we get in the UK.

    Your roast chicken looks so juicy! I want some.

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    1. Thanks Yen! I'm sure you can roast this too! :D

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  5. A great classic. I am lazy, for family meal, I have it butterflied to cut short roasting time.

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    1. Hi Lian! Not a bad idea... but I prefer the presentation and the moisture of the complete chicken.

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  6. I smell the aroma of roast chicken and here I come...

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  7. Your roasted chicken looks yummilicious! I love all those roasted veggies too.

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    1. Yes Mich! The roasted root vegetables complete the meal!

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  8. Eh, I thought I left a comment here yesterday. Must be getting senile :) Alvin, your roasted chicken is beautiful! I just wonder, was the underside browned as well? When I roasted a whole chicken, the underside does not get browned.

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    1. Hi Phong Hong! No worries! I'm also so so busy lately...

      The underside was not as brown but ok for me. I used the fan mode with my oven and the browning was quite even all around except a small area below which was near the back bone...

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  9. wow, so beautifully roasted! hope to try out your char siew recipe one day !

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    1. Hi Lena! Try it... Yen had just tried it last week! :D

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  10. this is very beautiful and yummy. love this very much. i think most of the people also can't deny this.

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  11. You make roasting a whole chicken sounds so simple and easy! And your final perfect shot suggests that we can do it too. :D Looks so good!

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  12. Simple steps with great results! Beautiful presentation!

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  13. Hi Godson, wow... very well baked and look so inviting. Guess eat this no need formalities.. I use my hand. LOL Don't forget a glass of mojito, please!

    Have a great day.

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    1. Hi Godmum! Yes... just rip it apart!!! But Mojito doesn't sound quite right with the roast chicken?! :D

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  14. Such a delicious looking roasted chicken. I bet there are smiles at your dinner table! I would be smiling from ear to ear if I'm seated at your dinner table!

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    1. Oh yes Joyce! But not much time to smile... everyone was tucking in!

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  15. i've been too chicken to roast a whole chicken.. but looking at your evenly browned and golden chicken, i'm quite inspired and am even thinking i might possibily wing it, haha! you make it look so easy to achieve gorgeous-ness and yummy-ness ^^

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    1. Hi Hui! Long time... how are you?

      It's really that easy... trust me! :D

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  16. Hi Alvin, is the underside, the side that rests on the veggies, as gorgeous as the top? Thanks!

    Katie

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    1. Hi Katie! Only a small area below will not be as brown... but that doesn't mean it is totally pale.. it is just a lighter shade of brown.

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  17. Your roast chicken roasted well and beautifully. Magnificient!

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  18. Ever since I moved to London, I've always always loved a roast. It's so simple, and such good fun, especially with friends/ family around to share the food. Funny, just (well, not really just it's been 3 weeks but I have a terrible blog schedule) wrote a post about roast sundays. That said, you've really done well on this- the chicken is roasted beautifully, great even golden colour all round- yum! x

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    1. Thanks Shu Han! How's the stay in Singapore so far? Or are you back to UK already?

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  19. wow, it looks delicous! I also usually use lemon to stuff the chicken

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  20. This roast chicken looks so lovely! I am drooling over your clicks. loved every shot. Well you asked for recipes using Dulce de leche. You can make Banoffe pie, ice creams & also use the sauce for cake filling/ frosting.
    http://www.korporate2kitchen.com/2013/08/dulce-de-leche-ice-cream.html
    http://www.korporate2kitchen.com/2013/04/banoffe-pie.html

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