Get ready to elevate your culinary skills with our foolproof whole chicken roast recipe! Whether you're a seasoned home cook or just starting your culinary journey, this recipe is designed to make you feel like a pro in the kitchen. With simple ingredients and easy-to-follow steps, you'll be serving up a mouthwatering roasted chicken that will impress even the toughest food critics. So, roll up your sleeves, preheat your oven, and let's dive into the world of roasting with confidence and flavor!
1 whole chicken
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon melted butter (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
Herbs and spices of your choice (such as rosemary, thyme, garlic powder, paprika)
Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
Remove the giblets from the cavity of the chicken (if included) and pat the chicken dry with paper towels. This helps to ensure a crispy skin.
Rub the coconut oil all over the chicken, including the skin and the cavity. If desired, brush the melted butter over the chicken for added richness and flavor.
Season the chicken generously with salt, pepper, and your preferred herbs and spices. You can use a pre-made spice blend or create your own combination. Be creative and feel free to experiment!
Place the seasoned chicken on a roasting rack or in a roasting pan, breast-side up. The rack allows for better air circulation, resulting in a more evenly cooked chicken.
Bed the whole chicken on veggies like potatoes, carrots, onion to lift the bird so the hot air can circulate.
Roast the chicken in the preheated oven for approximately 40 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C) when measured with a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh without touching the bone.
While the chicken is roasting, baste it with the pan juices every 20-30 minutes. Basting helps to keep the chicken moist and adds flavor.
About halfway through the cooking time, you can also rotate the roasting pan to ensure even browning of the skin, if using OTG. However the same is not required if you are using Microwave cum Convection oven as the turntable does the job for you.
Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the oven and let it rest for 10-15 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in a more tender and flavorful chicken.
Carve the chicken and serve it with your favorite side dishes, such as roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a fresh salad. Enjoy your delicious homemade roasted chicken!
Remember, cooking times may vary depending on the size of the chicken and your oven, so it's always best to use a meat thermometer to ensure that the chicken is cooked through. Now, go ahead and impress your family and friends with this simple yet flavorful whole chicken roast!