Monday, May 31, 2010

I cooked: Roast Chicken

The key to cooking a good roast chicken is in the chicken itself. Always choose a good quality chicken, preferably free range or organic. You will be surprised how much better the meat tastes - much more succulent and juicy with a rich chicken flavour. (Mass produced chicken could be dry and tasteless.)

Homecooked roast chicken beats Kenny Roger's anyday.

Roast chicken
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Serves 4-5

1 free range chicken (approx. 2 kg)
1 onion, peeled and halved
2 garlic cloves, crushed
Olive oil
50g butter, softened at room temperature
Freshly ground salt and pepper

1.Preheat oven to 190°C.
2. Rinse the chicken, and dry it well with a kitchen towel.
3. Push the onion and garlic inside the chicken's cavity.
4. Place chicken in a roasting tray, then rub olive oil, salt and pepper all over.
5. Smear the butter over the top of the chicken, to give it a nice crispy skin.
6. Place in the preheated oven and cook for 20 minutes per 500g plus an extra 10-20 minutes.
7. Baste at least twice during cooking to keep the chicken moist.
8. Remove the chicken from the oven, and leave to rest for 10 minutes before carving.

9. Serve with mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables and gravy.

Use any leftover chicken and bones to make a delicious chicken & vegetable soup for the following day. Nothing goes to waste! :-)


  1. Looks really good! Good job! :D

  2. fujiko: Cook for you again this weekend.. :-)

    jfook: yup, very nice :-)

    lindy: thanks so much!

  3. haha...look nice....i most probably just go to Kenny Rogers..too lazy..:-P

  4. ohmywtf: making your own roast chicken is much nicer than kenny rogers lor.. and besides their sides always not fresh, like kept overnight for few days edi.

  5. Lol! Says the man who carved it :-P

  6. Pure Heart: Hey you can try making this - just need to buy a fresh chicken... can get easily in Sban.

  7. Is in my cooking list lor.... hehehe. Must make Siu Yuk until happy first and I have make it today! Very very Crispy (3rd try)! Roast chicken is the next......

  8. Pure Heart: Try to buy good quality chicken ok... cos the taste will be very different.


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