I was TER. RI. FIED. of roasting a chicken for a long, long, loooonng time. Touching meat was mildly uncomfortable for me. Touching a whole chicken and having to stick my hand up its butt to pull out innards was just, well, hard. I had branded myself as the ultimate eff-up home cook and roasting a chicken seemed right up there with the Harvard MBA I was never going to get. But now? I wish I would have mastered this skill sooner because it opened up a whole new world for me, cooking-wise.
But it really ain’t no thang and life experience is way more important than a fancy MBA. You totally got this roasting chicken thing! I am going to lay it all out for you: the easiest, simplest way to roast a chicken. And also, most chickens, now even the ones I pick up from the farm, the innards have been pulled out for me. (By the way, if you’re having problems finding good chicken, check out EatWild.com and search for your area.)
Almost every time I have taught myself how to do something new in the kitchen there was time spent outside the kitchen pumping myself up. Like a college football coach before a big game, I was giving a motivational speech to myself in the living room just to get the courage to step into the kitchen and try. Do whatever the hell you need to do to pump yourself up, no matter how silly, and give this a try.
First you need to wash your chicken. Rinse off any blood or stickiness and place in your roasting pan. Pat the bird dry with a towel or paper towel.
There are all kinds of people that say you have to put your bird in facing a certain way, tie the legs together and all kinds of other fancy shit I don’t do. I think back to all the times I wanted to try to roast a chicken but I was so worried about not doing it perfectly, that I just didn’t even try.
You can roast your bird with legs tied, ass up, head front, breast down, bird covered, bird uncovered, whatever.
IT DOESN’T MATTER. I know, because I have done it every way possible and it always comes out the same!