One of my favorite recipes to make is Ina Garten’s Roast Chicken. It is so easy, perfect for company or a special dinner. Ina calls it her engagement chicken and is her husband’s favorite.
I made this tonight for a dinner with Emily, her boyfriend Mike and Eric. Emily had come down for the day to help us clean out some old pictures from Eric’s mothers house. It was a great fall dinner with the oven on as the chilly nights start up, along with smashed red potatoes and peas.
Perfect Roast Chicken
1 (5 to 6 pound) roasting chicken
Freshly ground black pepper
2 lemons, halved
1 head garlic, cut in half crosswise
2 large Spanish onions, thickly sliced
Clean and pat dry the chicken. Sprinkle the chicken with salt on inside and outside. Take 1 lemon and slice into quarters. Put one half of lemon and the head of garlic sliced in half inside cavity of chicken. Place in roaster, tie legs together and tuck wings under. Drizzle olive oil over chicken and rub into skin. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
In a bowl place the remaining half of lemon and the second lemon slices in quarters. Slice the onions into thick slices. Place in bow with lemons. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Mix with hands and spread around chicken in roaster.
Bake at 425 for about an hour and a half. Check temperature and when done, remove, slice and served with onion and lemon mixture.