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The Best Roast Chicken

by Nannette Eaton on June 8, 2015


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The crew at Foster Farms® sponsored Wine Harlots to create a recipe and highlight their new line of fresh chicken products.

Foster Farms® trio of fresh chicken products include: Foster Farms® Fresh & Natural, Foster Farms® Simply Raised (without antibiotics) and Foster Farms® Organic. Simply Raised without antibiotics by Foster Farms® is already in stores throughout California, Oregon and Washington, with Organic in Costco now and select grocery stores. All of Foster Farms’ fresh chicken is American Humane Certified™, 100% natural (minimally processed with no additives, preservatives, steroids or hormones), West Coast grown and features no added sodium.

foster farms perfect roast chicken 1As long-time readers know, Wine Harlots is all about effortless casual elegance when we entertain or cook. Just because it doesn’t cost loads, doesnt mean you’re not making the perfect roast dinner. After stressing ourselves out about what recipe to prepare for this post, we decided to go with a basic roasted chicken. But don’t think basic means boring. This bird is anything but bland or blah! And don’t be intimidated about cooking a whole chicken, this is easier than you can imagine. As you can see from the pictures above, I use an old fashioned roasting pot. I’ve used it for years and although it’s rather outdated I have a strange sense of loyalty to it. My friend bombards me with links like to try and encourage me to get a new roaster oven as she swears by them. For now, I’m going to stick to my favourite pot, but if you are reading this in need of a roasting tin then the Oster Roaster Oven comes highly recommended from my friend! We were distracted when we were cooking and forgot to truss the bird — trussing the legs helps to keep the chicken cooking evenly, and aesthetically it looks better — so presentation-wise it looks a little janky in the photos, but the chicken tasted perfect — moist, juicy and with a crisp skin. We also tore the skin when we turned the chicken, so it wasn’t picture-perfect, but it was perfectly awesome.

foster farms perfect roast chicken 2The Perfect Roast Chicken has been adapted from Jacques Pepin’s instructions on how to prepare a roast chicken like you get in Paris. The secret is in the temperature — cook the chicken at 500? (260?) which seals the juiciness in, and crisps the skin to the drool-worthy golden brown. And don’t be lured into thinking you need a lot of ingredients to make a perfect chicken — all you need is a Foster Farms® chicken, salt and pepper to create the best chicken you’ve ever tasted — and in just over an hour.

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An additional bonus, besides having a fantastic roast chicken for dinner, you’ll have left-over chicken to make chicken tacos or chicken pot pie tomorrow. Once the chicken is eaten, we love to make a chicken stock for our famous Not Your Momma’s Chicken Soup (recipe forthcoming.)

The perfect wine pairing with a roast chicken is a Chablis, cru Beaujolais or a light pinot noir.

The Best Roast Chicken with Vegetables
Foster Farms® Fresh & Natural whole chicken
Butcher’s twine

Head of garlic
Red potatoes

Open chicken and remove any giblets.
Pat chicken dry, left sit at room temperature for an hour to dry the skin.
Heat oven to 500? (260?.)

Place chicken in roasting pan or Dutch oven BREAST SIDE DOWN and cook for 30 minutes.

Remove from oven, flip chicken so it’s breast side up, and add peeled garlic cloves, quartered red potatoes and cut carrots around the base of the chicken to roast in the drippings.

Cook for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven.
Rest for 10 minutes.

Voilà! The best chicken you’ve ever tasted.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by Nannette Eaton for Wine Harlots on behalf of Foster Farms®. Compensation was provided for the recipe creation, photography and writing .

Photo credit: EatonAlive ©2015