Easiest Ever Upside-down Chicken.

11 Feb

This was the easiest and most straightforward roast chicken I’ve ever made. I’ve trussed, brine-d, seasoned and stuffed many-a bird, but this time my goal was to find a simple and reliable technique that I could build off of. And I found it!(Apologies in advance if this is the most uninspiring slash boring post ever, but  I promise, it was tasty!)


This recipe was based on Michael Smith’s Roasted Chicken. The simplicity appealed to me. The only difference is that I (unintentionally) cooked the chicken upside down, however this worked in my favour because it made for some really juicy breast meat. SO there. Cook your chickens upside down. You’re welcome.

  • 1 whole organic chicken
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • thyme
  1. Preheat oven to 500
  2. Wash chicken with water, inside and out and dry well
  3. Season chicken generously and evenly with olive oil, salt, pepper and thyme and place in oven
  4. Immediately turn oven down to 350 and roast for 1.5 hours uncovered
  5.  Remove from oven and let rest for about 10 minutes before serving.

So very easy. This chicken turned out lovely and juicy with a crispy skin. I’ve always cooked chickens covered before, but apparently steam is not your friend while roasting (makes sense). This is also why it should be well dried before cooking. Next time I will get fancier with garlic and lemon and stuffing and all the fixings, but it is so good to know that this can be done very quickly and easily with satisfying results.

Served chicken with, what else,  kale salad, this time with a honey Dijon dressing and sour cream and  onion mashed potatoes (combine potatoes (skin on) , sour cream, caramelized onions, salt and then mash away).

Oh! And the sprouts on the salad are from my brand new sprout grower! (A future post about this no doubt awaits).


4 Responses to “Easiest Ever Upside-down Chicken.”

  1. Katie February 11, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    yum! so when are we having dinner at your place!

  2. The Ant February 11, 2012 at 10:04 am #

    Looks yummy – going to try it on the troops tomorrow. Mashed with skins on eh? I’ll let you know what I think…..can’t be better then mine!

  3. musingmar February 11, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    This chicken sounds good and proves that usually simple is best! (Although fancying things up can be fun too 🙂 )

    • food,mostly February 13, 2012 at 12:01 am #

      Yes! Great to start with the basics sometimes, especially when it comes to cooking meat!

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