Our weather has been rather unusual this year. I live in an area that doesn't get snow. Actually, we barely get any precipitation at all. So little, in fact, that even when it just sprinkles people don't know how to drive and I both fear for my life and get a kick out of watching them try to drive all at the same time. Anyway, all this to say that we got snow this year! And I'm not just talking about a few flakes falling from the sky. No, these were big flakes and there were enough of them to stick for several hours. Our strange weather continued when we experienced only cool/cold weather well into June instead of our usual 90-100 degree heat (I wasn't complaining about that at all!). So, I decided that since it was still quite cool (low 70's), it would be safe to use my oven and roast a chicken. Of course, the day I decided to do this, summer decided to show up. Regardless of the heat, however, the chicken turned out moist and delicious (and produced some delicious leftovers, which I'll write about at another time)!
Oven Roasted Chicken
1 whole 5 lb chicken
5 cups water
1/3 cup kosher salt (or scant 1/3 cup table salt)
3 Tbsp sugar (I actually forgot the sugar and it still turned out well)
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp rubbed sage
1 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp garlic powder
2-3 Tbsp canola oil
Aromatic fillers (carrots pieces, quartered onions, crushed garlic cloves, lemons halves, etc.)
Remove giblets from chicken. Brine chicken by filling a gallon zip top bag with 5 cups water, 1/3 cup kosher salt, and 3 Tbsp sugar. Add whole chicken; seal. Refrigerate for 4-12 hours.
|I placed mine in a dish to provide support for the bag and to help prevent the bag from leaking all over my fridge!|
In a small bowl, combine thyme, rosemary, sage, pepper, and garlic powder. Add canola oil; mix well.
Remove chicken from brine and rinse well. If you don't rinse it, you may end up with a super salty chicken. Place chicken in a roasting or baking pan. Stuff chicken with ingredients of your choice. I used an onion, 4 garlic cloves, and carrots. Rub the canola oil mixture all over the chicken.
|These will help flavor the chicken from the inside. We didn't eat these; just threw them out, since I didn't check their temperature once the chicken was done.|
|The chicken is stuffed.|
|Mine looks a little different, because I added some butter under the skin. You can do this too, but be aware that your drippings will be super buttery! I think I'll leave the butter out next time.|
In order to prevent the legs from burning, make sure they are tight against the body of the chicken. If not, simply cut a slit in the skin and stick the legs through.
|The legs after they've been put through the slits I cut in the skin.|