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Let's Dish: What's Your Favorite Roast Chicken Recipe?

When recently asked what a man could hypothetically cook to win her heart, celeb-turned-cookbook author Gwyneth Paltrow answered, "Roast chicken, only because it's almost impossible to f*ck that up!"

She's right: an oven-roasted bird can be made a number of ways, and everyone seems to have a different method of doing it. Some cook their chickens low and slow, while others sing the praises of a high oven temp and a short cooking time.

Maybe you start at a high temperature, then lower it. Should you brown the chicken first in a pan, then stick it in the oven? These are all very personal questions. What's your tried-and-true method of making a standout roasted chicken?

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Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 4 years
Has anyone tried that hyped-about engagement chicken?
peskilla peskilla 4 years
Zuni Cafe's Roast Chicken a la Deb from smittenkitchen.com It's fantastic
vizslalvr vizslalvr 4 years
I roast a chicken almost every week. My method is to brine, air dry overnight, start in a high heat oven at 475 for 15 minutes, reduce heat to 350 and roast 20/lb. Sometimes I throw in a dry rub or a glaze, depending on m mood. The skin is always crisp and the meat is always tender. Oh, and a meat thermometer is key. This is my tried and true walkthrough, if anyone feels like reading a novel on roasting a chicken: http://kelseyincleveland.wordpress.com/2010/07/14/perfect-roast-chicken/
fuzzles fuzzles 4 years
Sooo many ways and techniques to love a roasted chicken. The best advise I have probably ever been given though, is to rinse the bird and pat it dry as much as possible (with paper towels) both inside and out when prepping. I may be a little biased, but these were words of wisdom from my great granny and they have yet to fail me. Crisp-tacular!
Noria-Morales Noria-Morales 4 years
Thomas Keller's recipe for simple roast chicken is the best, everytime. Seriously impossible to screw up!
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 4 years
Confession: I haven't found the "perfect" recipe yet, so I'm hoping to find it here in the comments! Any takers?
Katie-Sweeney Katie-Sweeney 4 years
I like to change it up, but I'm a huge fan of herb butters. Mix garlic, herbs (or spices) in with room temperature butter and slather all over the outside of the chicken. Yum! Now I'm craving roast chicken.
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