I love making a roasted chicken. It’s comforting, reminding me of good times from my childhood. The smells wafting through the house while anticipation of the chicken finally being done just grew. Carving it up, eating the lovely moist meat. And then using the carcass to make a broth. If I remember right, most often a roast chicken was made when we were having company or when we went to someone’s house. So it evokes good memories for me.
Now don’t get me wrong, I have made some dried out birds in my time. I’ve also undercooked it on an occasion or two! But like my grandmother taught me, never give up. Just keep at it till you get it right. Best cooking advice I ever got.
When we got married, the very first meal I made was a roasted chicken dinner. I spent hours preparing everything. Of course I was nervous and I wanted it to go perfectly, so I took extra time doing things just right. What didn’t help was I was using my mother-in-laws 20+ year old gas oven! I had grown up using electric stove & oven so I had no idea how to use this oven. I also had no idea how to light it!! And since I was a novice to everything, the bird took forever to cook. The oven wasn’t hot enough & because the stove was archaic I couldn’t read the worn out dials.
Finally I got the bird cooked, the rest of the meal was prepared, my new husband came home…………and we ate the meal in under 20 minutes! I was so mad!!! It took me hours to prepare this meal and it was done and over within minutes. The image of romance I had built in my head of our first dinner together never happened! It wasn’t a leisurely enjoyable dinner, followed by coffee and dessert. It felt like it was all about feeding ourselves and moving on.
Well, I recovered from that disappointment and over the years I’ve made it a point to vocalize when I’ve made a special meal & “slow down people”.
We’ve also entertained a lot over the years so that’s helped me to hone my cooking skills and diversify.
I still get a hankering to cook a roasted chicken about once a month. And I thought it was an appropriate meal to prepare “LIVE” on FB and Instagram for my premier “Monday Master Cook” event. I had a blast! I was super nervous and felt I would look foolish but I figured I had to give it a shot, learn from it and like Nanny said, “don’t give up, just keep at it till you get it right”
So here is my Roasted Chicken recipe. I’m sure you’ve tried all sorts of recipes and maybe you have your own ingredients and styles. Non-the-less I hope you like mine. Included is my gravy recipe. And if you want stuffing to go with your chicken dinner then check out my recipe!