Simple Roasted Chicken – an Ageless Diet™ Recipe

This is the roasted chicken recipe from my Ageless Diet book. Learned it from my mom, this recipe roasts a nice chicken. Make sure you get a 3 1/2 – 4 pound pasture-raised, organic chicken. It’s better for you, and it tastes more chicken-y, to paraphrase Julia Child. 

Simple Roasted Chicken
Serves 4
A dead simple way to roast chicken.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 1/2 to 4 pound pasture-raised chicken
  2. 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  3. 1 lemon, halved
  4. Worcestershire sauce
  5. Hot Sauce
  6. Dried herbs
  7. Za'atar
  8. Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  9. Extra virgin olive oil, ghee, or unsalted butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 425°.
  2. Set a baking rack to the lower third of the oven.
  3. Prepare a roasting pan in which your chicken will sit comfortably. Take out the giblets, use in stock making or give them to the dogs.
  4. Pat the chicken dry and then generously season all over with salt and fresh peppers, a few glugs of hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce. (You can add any other seasoning you like at this point, such as soy sauce, smoked paprika, cumin, za’atar, harissa, Herbes de Provence, etc).
  5. Season the inside of the cavity as well with fresh herbs, rosemary, thyme, garlic cloves, and one lemon cut in half.
  6. (You can tie the legs together with a bit of kitchen twine, if you want. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't.)
  7. Rub the chicken breast and legs with a few spoonfuls of softened butter, ghee, or olive oil and set in the preheated oven for one hour. For crispier skin, baste the chicken several times with the pan juices the last 15 minutes of cooking time. If the chicken skin becomes too dark, cover lightly with a sheet of foil. The chicken is cooked when the juices of the thickest part of the thigh run clear when pierced. And, if you remember, in the last ten minutes throw a cup of water in the pan. It’s like magic; it crisps the chicken and keeps it tender.
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About the Author: Tania Van Pelt is the creator of Happiness Series. She is a writer and content creator, working in film, tv, and online. She wrote the popular lifestyle book "Ageless Diet," published in late 2015. And she is currently working on her next book. She also developed a sitcom pilot set in the restaurant business called "Employees Only TV" and is developing another web series comedy about Denver.

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