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1 package (6 ounce size) stuffing mix
12 carrots, peeled and sliced
4 pounds roasting chicken
Prepare the stuffing as directed on the package adding 1/4 cup more water than called for. Set aside to cool.
Place the carrots in the bottom of the crock pot.
Stuff the chicken with the cooled stuffing. Place the chicken on top of the carrots in the crock pot.
Sprinkle the chicken with salt, pepper, and paprika.
Cover the crock pot and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours or until the chicken is cooked and tender.
Remove carefully from the crock pot using two large spoons and place on a cutting board. Carve as desired. Serve with the stuffing and carrots.
The Best Roast Chicken Recipe According to a Pro
RARE BIRD One roast chicken provides a variety of meals throughout the week. And the recipe couldn’t be simpler.
I FIELD more questions than you might imagine on the best way to roast a chicken. It comes up all the time among friends who know I used to cook at Zuni Café in San Francisco, legendary for its version.
The secret to the Zuni chicken is that there really isn’t one. The recipe relies on no special bells or whistles. You don’t need to apply a hair dryer to ensure a crispy skin, as a viral recipe from 2018 recommended. It’s more about understanding a few fundamentals than adhering to any one trick or recipe.
Roasting a whole chicken has always been a staple of the weekly cooking in my household, mostly because it’s economical, yielding returns throughout the week. The legs often get eaten first, accompanied by bitter greens or mushrooms cooked in the chicken fat. Breast meat frequently gets stewed down in beer or stock as a filling for tacos, topped off with skin crisped into chicharrón. The carcass becomes stock, which I like to use in a comforting rice porridge.
My husband and I have maintained our weekly roast-chicken ritual during the pandemic, and we’ve experimented, too—sometimes unintentionally. There were times we simply forgot what was on the evening’s menu or had a hunger for something else, which meant we left the salted chicken uncovered in the refrigerator, dry brining, up to 3 days. The result: a shatteringly crisp skin once we got around to roasting. Other times, a pantry sweep turned up different spices—sumac, say, or cayenne—to bolster the dry brine.
In my Zuni days, I learned a lot from the restaurant’s massive wood-fired oven. It has two chambers. “The rear gap allows flame to travel from the bottom chamber into the upper,” Zuni’s current chef de cuisine, Nate Norris, confirmed. This creates hot spots, so a cook must move the chicken around as it roasts. While there’s really no way to replicate that oven at home, you can get close enough by cooking at a high temperature and cranking it up even higher in the final stage.
- 1 six-pound roasting chicken
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 medium onions, peeled and sliced crosswise 1/2 inch thick
- 2 lemons
- 3 large cloves garlic, peeled
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 cup Homemade Chicken Stock, or canned low-sodium chicken broth, skimmed of fat
Let chicken and 1 tablespoon butter stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Remove and discard the plastic pop-up timer from chicken if there is one. Remove the giblets and excess fat from the chicken cavity. Rinse chicken inside and out under cold running water. Dry chicken thoroughly with paper towels. Tuck the wing tips under the body. Sprinkle the cavity of the chicken liberally with salt and pepper, and set aside.
In the center of a heavy-duty roasting pan, place onion slices in two rows, touching. Place the palm of your hand on top of lemon and, pressing down, roll lemon back and forth several times. This softens the lemon and allows the juice to flow more freely. Pierce entire surface of lemon with a fork. Using the side of a large knife, gently press on garlic cloves to open slightly. Insert garlic cloves, thyme sprigs, and lemon into cavity. Place chicken in pan, on onion slices. Cut about 18 inches of kitchen twine, bring chicken legs forward, cross them, and tie together.
Spread the softened butter over entire surface of chicken, and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Place in the oven, and roast until skin is deep golden brown and crisp and the juices run clear when pierced, about 1 1/2 hours. When chicken seems done, insert an instant-read thermometer into the breast, then the thigh. The breast temperature should read 180 degrees and the thigh 190 degrees.
Remove chicken from oven, and transfer to a cutting board with a well. Let chicken stand 10 to 15 minutes so the juices settle. Meanwhile, pour the pan drippings into a shallow bowl or fat separator, and leave onions in the pan. Leave any brown baked-on bits in the bottom of the roasting pan, and remove and discard any blackened bits. Using a large spoon or fat separator, skim off and discard as much fat as possible. Pour the remaining drippings and the juices that have collected under the resting chicken back into the roasting pan. Place on the stove over medium-high heat to cook, about 1 minute. Add chicken stock, raise heat to high, and, using a wooden spoon, stir up and combine the brown bits with the stock until the liquid is reduced by half, about 4 minutes. Strain the gravy into a small bowl, pressing on onions to extract any liquid. Discard onions, and stir in the remaining tablespoon of cold butter until melted and incorporated. Untie the legs, and remove and discard garlic, thyme, and lemon. Carve, and serve gravy on the side.
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Kerala Roast Chicken
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To get started with this particular recipe, we have to first prepare a few ingredients. You can cook kerala roast chicken using 16 ingredients and 7 steps. Here is how you can achieve it.
The ingredients needed to make Kerala Roast Chicken:
- Prepare 2 Onions Sliced
- Get 1/2 kg chicken
- Take 10 Shallots
- Make ready leaves Curry
- Make ready 1 tomato diced
- Prepare 6 Garlic Cloves
- Make ready Half thumb size Ginger
- Prepare 2 deseeded green chillies
- Prepare 1 tbsp coriander powder
- Take 1/2 tbsp red chilli powder
- Prepare 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- Get 1 tsp Garam Masala
- Get 1 tbsp Pepper Powder
- Make ready 1/2 cup hot water
- Prepare 1/2 cup Coconut Milk
- Take As per taste Salt
Kerala Chicken Roast is the typical Kerala style roast prepared using spices. Learn how to prepare Kerala style Chicken Roast. Kerala Style Chicken Roast - chicken is marinated with spices & cooked in a well balanced masala. A great side dish for rice & appam.
Steps to make Kerala Roast Chicken:
- Grind the shallots,garlic,ginger to a semi paste consistency
- Marinate the chicken with 1tsp of chilli powder, a pinch of turmeric, 1tbsp of vinegar/lime juice, salt to taste. Set aside for half an hour and shallow fry the same.
- Heat a kadai with coconut oil. Add the green chillies and curry leaves and sautee until fragrant. Add the sliced onions and saute until browned(not burnt). Add the shallot paste and sautee till the raw smell goes. Add the tomato and cook until mushy.
- Add all the Masalas, make sure the heat isn't much or else the mix will burn. Saute the mix till oil separates.
- Add in the fried chicken and mix well with the base masala. Add hot water and cook for another 7-10 mins on low heat. Make sure the water is minimal. Add in coconut milk at this stage and roast on high for about two mins constantly sauteeing it.
- Garnish with coriander leaves.
- Goes well with rice,idlies,appam etc
Kerala Style Chicken Roast - chicken is marinated with spices & cooked in a well balanced masala. A great side dish for rice & appam. Dry roast the dry spices and cool them. Make a fine powder and add little water and make a paste. Kerala Chicken Roast is a typical and traditional styled chicken roast dish full of flavor and aroma of a series of natural spices.
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Other ways to use up leftover roast chicken
4. Have you ever thought of making your own schmaltz? It is magical stuff and making rendered chicken fat really is very simple, adding extra flavour to soups and stews. I have also used it instead of goose fat to roast potatoes.
5. Having gone to the trouble of making your own chicken stock, it may seem a bit like overkill to add a tonne of chilli and garlic. But this chicken tom yum soup has to be one of my favourite meals. Add a bit of roast chicken, a few noodles and some julienned vegetables and you have something quite substantial.
6. Janice Pattie of Farmersgirl Kitchen makes a family-friendly tortilla bake with tomato salsa, cheese and leftover chicken.
7. If you have never thought of making a savoury crumble, then think again. Jen Price of Blue Kitchen Bakes uses chicken and ham in a fabulous crumble with pecan nuts.
8. My favourite chicken sandwich is packed with crunchy vegetables and a lovely mayonnaise that includes paprika and lemon juice.
9. You can’t have a British chicken recipe without thinking about Coronation Chicken and I think Helen of Fuss Free Flavours’ version would be hard to beat. Helen lightens hers up with a little Greek yoghurt and adds a few dried apricots, which is even better than the original.
10. Fiona MacLean of London Unattached make a gorgeous risotto with leftover chicken and ham, which she describes a great big bear hug of a dish, perfect as the days are drawing in.
11. Stacy Rushton of Food Lust People Love adds leftover rosemary and lemon roast chicken to a light but creamy stroganoff sauce.
12. Jessica Clucas of House of Greedy makes a beautiful Persian chicken salad, tart with pickles and fragrant with dill.
13. I use leftover roast meat in a Balinese curry with lots of fragrant spices and chilli. It banishes bland forever!
14. Should you be feeling a bit under the weather, Becky Thorn has the cure with this wholesome chicken noodle soup to feed your soul.
15. Karen Burns Booth of Lavender and Lovage makes a glorious chicken and ham pie with a suet dumpling crust.
16. Anneli Faiers of Delicieux adds roast chicken and feta to vegetable couscous with a garlic vinaigrette.
17. I use up leftover chicken together with a little bit of chorizo to make the classic southern US jambalaya rice dish.
18. Kavey of Kavey Eats’ luxurious tarragon chicken pasta bake is a bit of seasonal warmer, rich with cream and Parmesan cheese.
19. Jeanne Horak-Druiff of Cook Sister suggests this lovely mustardy bake with roast chicken and broccoli.
20. Vanesther Rees of Bangers&Mash makes a beautiful chicken salad with a nutty hummus dressing.
21. Galina Varese of Chez Maxinka shows you exactly how to get three creative meals from one roast chicken, from soup to salad.
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This Fall-Off-the-Bone Chicken Recipe Is Better Than Any Rotisserie Bird
Welcome to Never Fail, a semi-regular column where we wax poetic about the recipes that never, ever let us down. This week: the slow roasted chicken recipe that editor in chief Adam Rapoport just couldn't live without.
A simple roast chicken is supposed to be simple. But whenever I make one, I’m always, like, “Wait a minute! Is the dark meat done yet?” Or… “I’m pretty sure the dark meat is done, but did I overcook the white meat?” If I were texting you about it, there's a good chance that I’d use that grimacing emoji face more than once.
Try this recipe, and you may never set eyes on a rotisserie chicken ever again.
Photo by: Photofusion/UIG via Getty Images
A few years ago, though, Carla Lalli Music, food director of Bon Appétit, started talking up her "faux-tisserie chicken." I’ll admit, she had me at the name. That’s clever branding, I thought to myself. But can you really make a slow roasted chicken at home that’s as fall-off-the-bone tender and succulent as those $12 birds you get at your corner deli place? You know, the ones plopped onto a little paper boat and tucked into one of those foil-lined bags. I love those things. Doesn’t everyone?
So next thing I know, I’m doing like Carla told me to in the pages of Bon Appétit—grinding up some fennel seeds and rubbing up a four-pound bird with it and some red pepper flakes, chopped herbs and an ample amount of salt and olive oil. Into the roasting pan go some chopped up olive-oiled Yukon Golds and the chicken rests on top of them.
And then, here’s the genius part—the chicken roasts not at a blistering 425°, but at a casual 300°. Nice and low and slow, for a good three hours. I literally ran out to run some errands, and when I came back a few hours later, my God, did the apartment smell good. If I were still texting you right now, I’d use that new head-exploding emoji.
I pulled the chicken out, and set it on a cutting board to rest. Meanwhile, I placed the chicken fat-laden potatoes in the roasting pan back in the oven and hit them with the broiler. Crisp, moist and golden, they were like potato candy. And that chicken—it really was fall-apart tender, and incredibly succulent. Maybe I’d tone down the amount of red pepper flakes next time, I told myself. And the fennel, while nice, wasn’t essential. But would I make it again? Absolutely. And I have, time again. And, no, it never fails.
Leftover chicken recipes
Make the most of leftovers with these budget-friendly recipes, from soups and salads to thrifty midweek meals.
Leftover roast chicken pad Thai
Want to make the most of your leftover roast chicken? All you need is a pad Thai sauce and oodles of noodles to transform your chicken into something exciting
Use up leftover chicken in this rustic soup with garlic yogurt. Best served with cheese scones
Tasty chicken noodles
This recipe is easily doubled to serve four if you have plenty of leftover chicken if you have less, bump up the protein with a handful of cashews
Easy coronation chicken
Make a classic coronation chicken filling to serve with jacket potatoes or in sandwiches and salads. It's an excellent way to use up leftover chicken after a roast
A salt crust keeps this bird absurdly tender and moist.
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For the Berbere Spice Brown Butter:
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally. As foam rises to the top, skim and discard it. Continue cooking, without letting the butter brown, until no more foam appears. Add the onion, ginger, garlic, cinnamon stick, cardamom, fenugreek, cumin, oregano, turmeric and thyme, and continue cooking for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onion is lightly browned and aromatic.
Remove from the heat and set aside to infuse for 30 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh strainer lined with a cheesecloth.
Melt the mixture in a small saucepan set over medium-low heat. Add the berbere spice and stir to combine (can be stored refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks).
For the chicken:
Preheat the oven to 400 F.
Using your fingers and starting at the neck of the chicken, gently separate the skin from the meat of the breasts, just enough to slide half of the berbere butter in between the skin and the breast.
Take half of all of the herbs and distribute them under the skin and inside the cavity of the chicken.
Rub the chicken all over with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and season with half of the salt and pepper.
Place the chicken in a medium roasting pan and roast until the skin is golden-brown, juices from the thigh run clear when pricked with a knife, and the internal temperature of the thickest part of the thigh registers 165 F, 45-60 minutes.
Remove the bird from the oven and allow to rest at least 10 minutes before carving.
While the chicken is cooking, heat the remaining berbere butter in a medium Dutch oven set over medium heat. When the butter has melted, add the onion, garlic and remaining salt and pepper, and sauté until the onion is beginning to brown, about 10 minutes.
Add the remaining herbs, the chickpeas, olives, tomatoes, cumin, turmeric and red wine, and stir to combine. Decrease the heat to low, cover and cook for 20 minutes.
Add the couscous and the lemon zest and juice, and stir to combine. Remove from the heat, cover and set aside for 5-10 minutes, until the couscous is tender.
Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil in a small sauté pan set over medium heat. When the oil shimmers, add the chicken livers. Cook for 4-5 minutes, just until cooked through. Slice the liver and stir into the chickpea-couscous mixture.