There's no bad way to roast a chicken in my books, but last night's effort was particularly delicious. Seasoned with thyme and oregano and stuffed with a lovely meyer lemon fresh picked from our tree, it lay on a bed of onions and more lemons in one of my favorite cast iron skillets.
Roasted at 425 for 40 minutes and then joined by some brussels sprouts for another 20, it was a sensory overload and the first "real dinner" I've cooked since Sunday. Hey the big guy's finally home so something down home good was required because I figured he'd be sick of all that 5 star food from fancy dancy restaurants.
Served on a bed of fresh made croutons, this darn chicken is juicy and tender and the pan juices soaked up by the crispy croutons are absolutely to die for. It's a fabulous and easy non-pretentious winner winner chicken dinner.
Roasted Chicken on Croutons (adapted from Ina Garten)
1 – 3 pound chicken
2 medium yellow onions, sliced
Coarse sea salt, pepper, thyme, oregano
2 lemons, quartered
2 tablespoons butter
6 cups 3/4 inch bread cubes (I used Italian bread)
2 tablespoons olive oil
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 425. Place onions on bottom of roasting pan or cast iron skillet. Wash and dry chicken inside and outside. Season inside the bird with salt, pepper and sprinkle with thyme and oregano. Stuff with one lemon. Tuck pieces of butter under the skin over the breasts and slather rest of butter over bird. Season with more salt and pepper. Tie bird’s legs together with kitchen twine, tuck wings under and place on top of onions. Spread remaining lemon pieces around bird. Roast for 1 hour or until juices run clear when pierced between the leg and thigh. Let rest for 10 minutes before cutting. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and heat to shimmering. Add bread cubes, lower heat to medium low and cook cubes, tossing often until golden brown and crisp. Sprinkle with coarse salt and fresh ground black pepper. Place croutons on plate and place sliced chicken on top, along with pan juices, onions and lemon pieces. Serves 4. Download Roasted Chicken on Croutons
Hint - for a lower carb serving, eliminate the croutons from your serving.