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Five Tips for the Perfect Roast Chicken

Every cook should know how to roast a chicken. Roast chicken is not only a classic, it is also simple to make, especially with our five tips for roasting the perfect chicken. Best-Ever Roast Chicken Recipe

Every cook should know how to roast a chicken. Roast chicken is not only a classic, it is also simple to make, especially with our five tips for roasting the perfect chicken.
Best-Ever Roast Chicken Recipe

  • Every cook should know how to roast a chicken. Roast chicken is not only a classic, it is also simple to make, especially with our five tips for roasting the perfect chicken. Best-Ever Roast Chicken Recipe
  • To roast a chicken, start with the  breast-side down.
  • To get the most accurate temperature when roasting your chicken, use an instant-read thermometer.

By Fine Cooking Editors, editor

March 10th, 2009

What You Need to Know
Five essential tips to roasting a perfect chicken:

1. Use high-quality chicken.
Starting with the best bird is the first step to tasty results. Read here for more on how to buy the best chicken.

Roast Chicken
2. Start breast side down.
Positioning the chicken breast side down allows all the juices to gather in the breast meat during the first half of cooking. When you flip the bird, those juices slowly redistribute but leave plenty of moisture behind to keep that white meat ultra juicy.

3. Use high heat.
Heat is roast chicken’s best friend. A 450°F oven browns the skin quickly and keeps it nice and crisp.

4. Don’t overcook.
An overcooked chicken is a dry chicken. To prevent overcooking, use an instant-read thermometer as your most reliable indicator of doneness (see the tip below for how to use it). It should read 165° to 170°F.

5. Let it rest.
Don’t be tempted to cut into the chicken as soon as it’s out of the oven. Resting for at least 15 minutes on the cutting board allows the juices to redistribute into the meat, making it moist and tender.

Cook's tip

To get the most accurate temperature reading, insert the instant-read thermometer in the thickest part of the thigh, toward the interior rather than the exterior of the bird. Make sure you don’t touch the bone with the tip of the thermometer, or you’ll get a higher reading.

Roast Chicken

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The simple utensils needed for this roast chicken are essential to any well-stocked kitchen:

• Medium flameproof roasting pan (about 9x13 inches)
• Medium roasting rack that fits in the pan
• Sturdy tongs
• Instant-read thermometer
• Carving board


Recipe:

Roast Chicken
Best-Ever Roast Chicken



Photos: Scott Phillips

posted in: Blogs, chicken, dinner, roasting, recipe, weeknight, roast chicken
Comments (3)

recipesforkeeps writes: A complete success! This is a perfect method for a very moist, tasty chicken. Posted: 10:35 am on August 13th

MrTed writes: No Brainer, its great Posted: 7:39 pm on March 10th

Judealee writes: BRAVO!! TO THE BEST EVER ROAST CHICKEN RECIPE IN THE
APRIL/MAY 2009 ISSUE....IT TRULY IS THE BEST EVER !! Posted: 11:25 am on March 19th

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