How to Roast a Chicken in About an Hour

That Will Beat Any Rotisserie Chicken From the Grocery Store

The secret?  Get your butcher to cut the backbone out & crack the breastbone so it lays flat.  Or do it yourself with some sharp kitchen shears.  I prefer to leave it to the professionals at Giunta’s in the Reading Terminal.

What you’ll need:

1 butterflied chicken
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper

Cast iron skillet, dutch oven or a roasting pan (see my makeshift roasting pan below)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees

How to Roast a Chicken in About an Hour That Will Beat Any Rotisserie Chicken From the Grocery Store

Like My Makeshift Roasting Pan? It’s a Cookie Sheet With a Cooling Rack Dropped In

2. Meanwhile put a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in the skillet or dutch oven & heat it up.  Pat the chicken dry (so it browns well) & generously season with salt & pepper.

How to Roast a Chicken in About an Hour That Will Beat Any Rotisserie Chicken From the Grocery Store

Don’t Skimp on the Salt & Pepper!

3.  Brown the chicken deeply on both sides.  This is avery important step because of the short cooking time!  I usually start skin side up just in case my pan isn’t hot enough yet. **Tip – not disturbing during browning helps get a deeply caramelized exterior & prevents the skin from ripping off.

How to Roast a Chicken in About an Hour That Will Beat Any Rotisserie Chicken From the Grocery Store

Make Sure to Do Both Sides!

5. Transfer to roasting pan & place in preheated oven for 38 minutes.

How to Roast a Chicken in About an Hour That Will Beat Any Rotisserie Chicken From the Grocery Store

Skin Side Up & Into the Oven!

6. Gorgeous, golden brown & delicious…but WAIT!  Let it rest for 10-15 minutes under tinfoil so the juices redistribute & don’t run the second you cut it.  That’s how you get a dry bird.  Nobody likes a dry bird.

How to Roast a Chicken in About an Hour That Will Beat Any Rotisserie Chicken From the Grocery Store

Juicy & Delicious

7.  Once it’s rested I immediately eat a drumstick.  Just kidding.  Not really….try to control yourself!  Anyway, I cut it into 8 pieces & serve the legs/wings for dinner.  I pack the breast meat & use it for soup, sandwiches or salads during the week.

How to Roast a Chicken in About an Hour That Will Beat Any Rotisserie Chicken From the Grocery Store

Cut It Up & You Have A Few Meals For The Week

 

I like to serve with Giada’s cheesy polenta, a green salad & wine is always welcome in my  house!