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    Fantastic Roasted Chicken

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    1 hr 10 mins

    10 mins

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    Loves2Teach's Note:

    This is one of the first "nice" recipes that I made when I started getting into cooking. Jamie Oliver (the Naked Chef) made this on his show one day, and I had to get the recipe. Made a few changes for us, and we both love it. I have not ever used Parma or prosciutto when I make it, and have used a regular ham instead. Also, I have skipped the potatoes and just had the chicken. Really Good! Enjoy.

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    1. 1
      Preheat the oven and an appropriately sized roasting pan to 425°F.
    2. 2
      Wash your chicken inside and out and pat dry with paper towels.
    3. 3
      Using your fingers, part the breast skin from the breast meat. It’s important to try to push your hand gently down the breast, being careful not to rip the skin.
    4. 4
      With a peeler (or a zester), remove and chop the fragrant yellow skin of the lemon, keeping the peeled lemon to one side.
    5. 5
      Then tear up your prosciutto (or whatever ham you choose to use) and add into a bowl with the lemon skin, garlic and thyme (I have done this in my food processor before to get the ham pieces small).
    6. 6
      Season with salt and pepper to taste, and then mix it all into the butter.
    7. 7
      Push this into the space you have made between the meat and the skin – rub and massage any that’s left over in and around the bird.
    8. 8
      Slash the thigh meat to allow the heat to penetrate a little more, which makes it taste better.
    9. 9
      Cut the peeled lemon in half and push it into the cavity.
    10. 10
      Then put your chicken in the hot roasting pan and roast in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
    11. 11
      While the chicken is cooking, parboil the potatoes in salted water for 10 minutes and drain.
    12. 12
      Remove the chicken from the oven, by which time the tasty butter will have melted, flavored and cooked out of the chicken into the bottom of the pan, awaiting your potatoes.
    13. 13
      Normally I put a fork into the cavity of the chicken and lift it out of the tray for 20 seconds while I toss and coat the vegetables in the butter.
    14. 14
      Put the chicken back on top of the vegetables and cook for around 30-40 minutes.
    15. 15
      Leave to stand for 10 minutes.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 01, 2007


      What a super Sunday dinner! Great flavors (I used prociutto). I added some carrots to the pan with the potatoes. I also used herb de Provence instead of just thyme. Thanks for posting a keeper!

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    Nutritional Facts for Fantastic Roasted Chicken

    Serving Size: 1 (362 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 5

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 579.4
    Calories from Fat 335
    Total Fat 37.2 g
    Saturated Fat 17.0 g
    Cholesterol 134.3 mg
    Sodium 254.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 37.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.0 g
    Sugars 2.0 g
    Protein 24.6 g

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