Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Ina Garten's Lemon and Garlic Roast Chicken

Every once in awhile I try to make something meat-like for the carnivorous members of my family. Since my oldest was home from college, I decided to roast a chicken. (Something I don't do very often. I tend to stick to chicken breasts.) I chose Ina Garten's Lemon and Garlic Roast Chicken and I'm glad I did. The chicken was moist and tender (or so I was told). The prep work was simple. And it must have been tasty; The picky girls kept coming back for more!

Ina Garten's Lemon and Garlic Roast Chicken is the recipe I'm submitting for the Food Network Chefs Cooking Challenge this week. Head over here to see what everyone else made this week. Next week's chef  will be Ingrid Hoffman.

 Ina Garten's Lemon and Garlic Roast Chicken
Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Serves: 3 to 4 servings
1 (5 to 6-pound) roasting chicken
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 large bunch fresh thyme
4 lemons
3 heads garlic, cut in 1/2 crosswise
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 pound sliced bacon
1 cup white wine
1/2 cup chicken stock

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Remove the chicken giblets. Rinse the chicken inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pinfeathers and pat the outside dry. Place the chicken in a large roasting pan. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken. Stuff the cavity with the thyme, reserving enough thyme to garnish the chicken dish, 1 lemon, halved, and 2 halves of the garlic. Brush the outside of the chicken with the butter and sprinkle again with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken. Cut 2 of the lemons in quarters and scatter the quarters and remaining garlic around the chicken. Lay the bacon slices over the chicken to cover.
Roast the chicken for 1 hour. Remove the bacon slices from the top of the chicken and set aside. Continue roasting the chicken for an additional 1/2 hour, or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh. Remove to a platter and cover with aluminum foil while you prepare the gravy.
Remove all but 2 tablespoons of the fat from the bottom of the pan. Add the wine and chicken stock and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, or until reduced by half.
Slice the chicken on a platter. Garnish the chicken platter with the bacon slices, roasted garlic, reserved thyme and 1 lemon, sliced. Serve with the gravy.


Kim said...

I love Ina's recipes. I bet the chicken was great.

SnoWhite said...

Oh -- that does look good! I like the flavors of lemon and garlic, and it's nice to know I can scale up what I made for this week to the whole bird :)

Susie said...

Next time, I will try the chicken:-)

The Diva on a Diet said...

I've been meaning to try this recipe for ages. Good to know its as good as it looks! :)

mub said...

Wow, this really looks fantastic! I need to watch for a chicken to go on sale =)

Sarah said...

Wow - bacon over the whole chicken while it's roasting. What a fabulous idea. You really went all out with the meat :) Every so often I buy whole chicens when they are on sale for cheap. I'll have to remember this. Thanks for cooking along with FNCCC!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Mmm, all the best flavours!
Ina really knows her stuff! Looks delicious.

Stacie said...

This sounds fantastic!!

The First-Year Wife said...

I bet the flavors in the chicken were delicious! Great choice!