Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken
I have never made a turkey. The thought of making a turkey is a bit intimidating to me. Not because of the size of the bird but making sure that bird has flavor. There have only been 2, maybe 3, times in my life that I have had a turkey that wasn’t dry and the flavor permeated the entire bird. However, there will come a day where my family will come to my home for a holiday dinner and I will be forced to make a turkey. So I figured I need to start practicing now. Therefore, when the time does come it is the best darn turkey they ever had. That is where this chicken comes in. I’m starting off small and working my way up. Cooking with Cornish Hens or Chickens is great practice. You can explore different flavor combinations and techniques to make the bird moist and tasty.
Now about this bird….
The one thing I love about making meat is exploring different flavor combinations. There are all sorts of things you can do with meat. You can brine it, braise it, marinade it, fry it, steam it, broil it, and the list goes on. But what makes meat good is the flavor. You can never go wrong with lemon garlic as a flavor combination. Its light and extremely flavorful. And, if you add some fresh herbs that will take the flavor of your meat up a notch. You know what else you could do? You can roast the garlic itself and make a delicious sauce for the chicken or even mash the roasted garlic in your mashed potatoes! Like seriously! Here is a great article on how to roast garlic!
The good thing about roasting is you can put an entire meal in with the meat and your done. I put in about a pound of red potatoes and made some sauteed spinach to complete my meal, but you can do whatever you want. You can add carrots, turnips, zucchini, butternut squash, baby corn on the cob, and sweet potatoes and you have yourself a meal! The flavor of this Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken will saturate the vegetables and will taste heavenly.
If you are in charge of making the bird this year and your not quite sure of what you are doing, you have 2 weekends left before the big “C” Day to practice. I hope this recipe gives you some direction.Print