Roast Chicken 101

Martha Stewart Living, September 1997

1. To ensure even cooking, let the chicken stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before roasting.

2. Discard any pop-up timers that come with the chicken; an instant-read thermometer gives a far more accurate reading.

3. Don't forget to salt the cavity of the chicken; this will season the meat more effectively than salting the skin.

4. Stuff the cavity with aromatics like fresh herbs, garlic cloves, lemon wedges, and quartered onions to perfume the meat.

5. Arrange a single layer of onion slices in the bottom of the roasting pan to form a bed for the chicken. The onion will flavor both the chicken and the pan gravy, and it will prevent the chicken skin from sticking to the pan (or rack) and tearing.

6. Let the chicken rest for at least 15 minutes before carving; this allows the juices to collect in the meat instead of in the well of your cutting board.

How to Truss a Chicken

Trussing helps the chicken keep its shape and cook more evenly during roasting. Although traditional trussing involves tying the whole body of the chicken together, it is much easier just to tie the legs together with kitchen twine.


Try some of our favorite roast chicken recipes:
Perfect Roast Chicken
Lemon Chicken
Mango and Lime Glazed Chicken
Apricot Roast Chicken with Vegetables
Chile Rubbed Chicken


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