Roast Chicken First Timer

by Jillian on March 27, 2012 · 15 comments

Yesterday, I was browsing through google reader and came across Jessica’s springtime honey garlic roast chicken skillet. Something about it caught my eye, but I brushed it off since I’d never actually attempted to roast a whole chicken myself. Later on at the grocery store, I decided to check out the poultry section. They usually never have any sort of organic, free range, antibiotic free chicken, but they had something closer than they ever had before.

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Not only did they have the chicken breasts, but a whole 3.5 lb. chicken (and only one left!). I quickly whipped out my phone to re-look up Jessica’s recipe to see what else I needed. I drove the cart full speed back to the produce section to grab garlic, mushrooms, and an onion (I already had asparagus in the cart). I’m so glad I made this spontaneous decision, because my dinner was exceptional.

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I started out by chopping the vegetables and mixing them with olive oil, honey, salt, and pepper, and Jessica stated.

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I added in some campari tomatoes because I had them on hand and love the taste of roasted tomatoes. Next, I cut the heads off the garlic, dropped some olive oil on each, and wrapped them in tin foil. Finally, I prepared the chicken.

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Well hello there! Thank god the giblets were all bagged together for easy removal! #firsttimerproblems

I put the chicken, garlic, and veggies together in a glass roasting dish and set it at 425 degrees for 90 minutes.

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The skin started to get super crispy and burn at about 60 minutes in, so I placed some tin foil over the top. I don’t usually eat the skin anyway, so it was fine!

The garlic came out nothing short of perfect.

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I see lots of garlic roasting in my future. The pieces squeezed right out and made for a perfect chicken and vegetable topping when mashed together with some honey!

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Thanks Jessica for seriously making my Monday 10 times better!

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Oh, and good news! I got my car back!

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Driver side door = all fixed! (Weird reflection of the grass, right?)

I ended my night with Desperate Housewives on demand and indulging in this goodness:

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Marilyn March 27, 2012 at 10:32 am

The chicken looks delicious. You are getting to be quite the cook. I knew nothing about cooking and recipes when I was your age!

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2 Jillian March 28, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Now you need to try roasting a chicken! It’s perfect for people who don’t mind leftovers because it’s A LOT of food! lol

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3 Sara @ Nourish and Flourish March 27, 2012 at 10:51 am

I’m a roast chicken virgin too! According to Glamour magazine, *every* woman needs to know how to roast a chicken–especially those hoping to get engaged. (LOL…They have a recipe for “Engagement Chicken,” which apparently has instigated 100′s of engagements over the past 50 years, haha!) Maybe Joe will pop the question soon!? ;-p

Seriously though, this recipe looks AWESOME. I need to try it asap. xoxo <3

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4 Jillian March 28, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Well that is good news, haha! We will see! ;)

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5 janetha March 27, 2012 at 1:17 pm

i have never roasted a chicken! i starred jessica’s recipe, i wanna try.

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6 Jillian March 28, 2012 at 1:06 pm

SO easy! I can’t believe I’ve put it off this long and thought it was such a big ordeal to do, lol!

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7 Laura @joyful shimmy March 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Awesome! I roasted my first chicken last year i felt so domestic afterwards it was great. I can’t believe that Ben and Jerry’s has Greek yogurt I must definitely try

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8 Jillian March 28, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I felt domestic, too! The boy liked it as well! :)

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9 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 27, 2012 at 9:00 pm

I always forget how easy roasting a chicken is! I roast one every so often for the Husband!

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10 Jillian March 28, 2012 at 1:05 pm

It is so easy! I can’t believe I’ve never done it before! Now I know I can play around with difference veggies, spices, etc.

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11 Lisa March 28, 2012 at 12:11 am

Roasting chicken is super easy! I should be doing that more. What whattt greek frozen yogurt, never seen that before here! Jealous. And isn’t desperate housewives the best, I am so so sad it is ending this season!! It’s getting so good!

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12 Jillian March 28, 2012 at 1:04 pm

They have it at whole foods! It’s delicious, but I feel like I could make a healthier version using chobani and a blender! lol

Desperate is leaving me in suspense every week! I really want Lynette and Tom to get back together!!

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13 Lisa March 28, 2012 at 2:25 pm

No whole foods where I live! :( I guess I’ll be thrifty and blend frozen greek yogurt, I guess that’s pretty much the same haha. And your right healthier I’m sure.
Ah, I want them back together so badly! And I do not want Bre to go to jail, I hate when I can’t control what the character in the show are doing haha. I guess then it would be pretty boring though ;)

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14 Nescett @ bananaoats March 28, 2012 at 8:14 am

Looks delicious. I think people are intimated by roasting a whole chicken but it was one of the only thing I could do in the kitchen for a long time. I just sprinkle it with a ton of lemon pepper and bake at 375 for about 2 hours. Turns out delish every time!

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15 Jillian March 28, 2012 at 1:03 pm

It’s so true! I was like “omg, roast a chicken?”. Now I can’t believe I haven’t been doing it longer! So simple!

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