Slow Roasted Chicken where the skin is so thin it melds with the meat and the meat is so juicy it falls off the bone. Better than any rotisserie chicken found at the market. Simple and delicious!
I have no reservations stating this chicken is absolutely fabulous…and easy! What’s the secret to this chicken? Slow roasting for 3 hours on low heat. You may think this is a lot of work and a lot of time. But, if you are looking for a juicy chicken this is your recipe. It’s mostly unattended. After preparing the chicken, place it in the oven and forget about it for 3 hours. The rotisserie chickens at the market are no challenge for my Slow Roasted Chicken.
I have a beautifully plump chicken. I’m going to prepare my House Seasoning consisting of kosher salt, granulated garlic powder, pepper, and paprika to give it that beautiful dark red color. The seasoning will coat the entire chicken – the back, the cavity, and the top. I have to tell you, it will be magnificent!
I grew up with so many variations of roast chicken – roasted in high heat, medium heat, lemon roasted, garlic roasted, and the list goes on. This recipe is my effort in emulating the rotisserie chickens at the market. I have to credit my Dad for introducing roast chicken to the family. The Peruvian side of my family mostly cook the meals on the stovetop and the Italian side of the family bake chicken cut up with potatoes and vegetables. They never served us one whole. Cooking it for Sunday dinner turned out to be a staple in our house. It’s a comfort food to me. The aroma of the chicken roasting makes the house feel homey. And, this is so EASY.
Slice a large sweet onion and layer the bottom of a baking sheet. This will serve as the resting place for the chicken when roasting. I never use a rack – mostly because they are a pain to clean. If you use a baking sheet and lay the chicken on a layer of onions, you will have the best vehicle for delivering a perfectly roasted chicken. Using a baking sheet is brilliant because the rim is less than an inch in height. That exposes most of the chicken ensuring beautiful color and doneness. Ever see a chicken roasted where the top looks beautiful but the sides look a yellowish grey? Not only is the color a turn off, but the skin is rubbery and unappetizing. Using a baking sheet exposes more of the sides which results in perfectly roasted skin and color.
Prepare your chicken by removing the giblets and neck from chicken cavity reserving the neck for stock. I place it in a freezer bag and freeze for future use. If you choose to make stock, try my Homemade Chicken Stock. It’s easy and delicious. I give the giblets to my dogs who always seem to appear and lay down in the kitchen when I start to cook. Just in case there’s something in it for them.
Tuck in the wings to prevent the wingtips from burning. This also makes the roast more attractive. You don’t have to do this, but I always do. With the chicken facing up, lift up the chicken slightly, take the wingtips and slide them behind the neck. They will stay in place and you will be a rock star.
Place the chicken breast side down on top of the sliced onions then drizzle the chicken and onions with olive oil. Season the cavity and bottom of chicken with the House Seasoning. Flip chicken over and drizzle the top with olive oil. Rub it all around the top of the chicken. Now, season the entire top. I know I’m silly, but I talk to the food I’m preparing… It’s kind of like when the Dr. in the morgue talks to the body on the table. “Now take your chicken and rub it all over with oil. Season it well…” Usually, I use my Julia Child voice. I admired and watched Julia every chance I got and I still watch reruns. She was an inspiration. Nothing like what you see today. Blast some of your favorite music and sing! You must have fun when cooking. My family thinks I’m crazy and I’m good with that. Like the song says…”If it MAKES you HAPPY……it can’t be that BAAAAD!”
Place in a preheated 300 degree oven for three hours. I’ve also roasted a chicken at 275 for 4 hours and another time I roasted at 250 for 5 hours. Depends on how much time you have that day. Temperature should read 165 degrees when inserted on thickest part of thigh without touching bone. To find that out, insert an instant read thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh not touching bone.
Don’t have a thermometer? Here are other ways to check:
Piercing the thigh and checking if juices run clear.
My Dad would take out the chicken, cut along the thigh separating it a little from the body, and if it wasn’t pink and juices ran clear, it was done. Must have worked since we are all still alive.
You can also tilt the chicken up and let the juices run out of the cavity. If it’s not red, it’s okay. Trust me, you will know if you have an undercooked chicken once you slice into it.
Cooking isn’t rocket science, it’s common sense. It’s pretty much a guarantee it will be done after 3 hours. But, if it is not quite done just stick it back in the oven. Ovens vary as I found out when I got my new oven. It ran differently and I had to adjust cooking times. If only things were made to be consistent. Just like sizes in clothes. But, don’t get me going on that.
Use a tablespoon to scoop up the juices and drizzle it over the chicken. It’s not necessary to baste the chicken when roasting, but if you choose to that’s perfectly fine. When it comes out the skin is melted and becomes one with the meat. The onions that were on the sides of the chicken turn dark brown or black and you may think they are inedible, but they are crunchy and delicious. I eat them up without sharing. The onions on the bottom of the chicken are soft, flavorful, and tender and I serve those along side of the chicken drizzled with the pan juices. Oh, and the pan juices are amazing!
Rest ten minutes before carving. You may not need a knife as the meat is so tender it falls off the bone.
Let me tell you…this Slow Roasted Chicken is amazing. The meat is juicy, flavorful, and tender. I hope you give my Slow Roasted Chicken a try and let me know what you think.
- 1 (3½ - 4) pound chicken, neck and giblets removed
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons granulated garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 large sweet onion, sliced
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Preheat oven 300 degrees.*
- Combine kosher salt, garlic, pepper, and paprika into a small bowl.
- Rinse out cavity and pat dry chicken with paper towels.
- Transfer the sliced onion on a baking sheet and spread it out to accommodate the size of the bird. The chicken will be resting on the onions to absorb flavor, but you also want to roast/blacken the onions to get unbelievable flavorful crunchy onions.
- Sprinkle the cavity with a few good pinches of seasoning.
- Lay the chicken on top of the onions back facing up.
- Drizzle the chicken and onions with olive oil. Rub the chicken all around back with oil.
- Sprinkle the chicken with1/2 of the remaining seasoning.
- Flip chicken right side up.
- Drizzle the top of the chicken with more olive oil and rub it in. Get into the crevices.
- Sprinkle the chicken with remaining spices.
- Place in a preheated 300 degree oven for 3 hours. Temperature should read 165 degrees when inserted on thickest part of thigh without touching bone. The time can be checked after 3 hours.
- Remove the chicken. Use a spoon to scoop up the juices and drizzle it over the chicken.
- Rest ten minutes before carving. You probably won't need a knife. It falls off the bone. Serve with the onions. Unbelievable!
250 degrees for 5 hours
275 degrees for 4 hours
300 degrees for 3 hours
How much time you choose to roast is up to you. For me, it depends on how much time I have that day. You can't go wrong with slow roasting.