The last time we tried roasting a chicken was probably close to 2 years ago. And when we caught a recent episode of Heston cooking this perfect roast chicken with juice glistening below the crispy brown skin, we were sold to try roast chicken again.
We didn’t want to finish the whole chicken by ourselves so the perfect opportunity came on Mothers’ Day where we volunteered to cook for the family.
The preparation time was a little long, but definitely worth it!
The main step here is the very first step – brining.
Heston advised 60g of salt for 1 liter of water, but we wanted to fully submerge the chicken so we added another 500ml of water and adjusted the salt content accordingly.
Basically, if the proportion of water to salt is right, the moisture will be nicely retained in the chicken. A friend of ours tried it for smaller chicken parts too like drumstick or thigh and it works too!
The chicken is then left in the fridge overnight.
About 3 hrs before dinner, we brought the chicken out to prep.
Before seasoning the chix, we stuffed a lemon into the, erm, cavity. If you have fresh herbs on hand, rosemary or thyme will go really well too.
A pity our non-green fingers had recently caused the death of another rosemary pot, so we made do with dried herbs instead.
We mixed the herbs and seasoning with butter.
And slather, slather, slather!
Then off the bird goes, into the oven at an abnormally low heat of 90 degrees C.
Aft 1.5 hrs, the chicken still looks barely cooked, and we’re suppose to let it rest out of the oven for another 45 mins.
This cooking method is really not for the impatient.
After resting, the final step is to brush some butter on the chicken and send it back into the oven at it’s highest temperature for 10 mins. This step give colour to the chicken and it’ll look beautiful and taste really yummy!!
The skin was not extremely crispy, just nicely browned, but the juice that was retained in the chicken made the effort and time spent really worth it.
Too bad we were in so distracted by all the hustle of serving dinner that we forgot to take a photo of the first cut of the chicken.
Managed to take a quick shot of the portion on my plate before I gobbled it down. Check out the evidence of moisture glistering on the flesh 🙂
We’ll definitely try it again when we have another gathering!