By: Kelly Atyeo-Fick, B.A.Sc., M.H.Sc., P.H.Ec.
When you’re excited about something – you may feel the urge to “Raise the Roof!” …well, next time you’re REALLY excited about something and feel the urge to celebrate, perhaps “Raise the Roast!” …the roast chicken that is!
Chicken is an absolutely amazing protein source that is perfect for a roasting method of cooking. This is because when chicken is roasted, it locks in all the juices, keeping it moist and succulent!
Best way to Roast Chicken1
- Take your chicken out of the fridge to allow it to reach room temperature so that it cooks evenly.
- Season your chicken with herbs and spices
- Roast your chicken at 350ºF until the internal temperature reaches 180ºF
You can also use techniques like trussing and spatchcocking to get an evenly cooked roasted chicken. For more information on these techniques check out the Chicken School.
Adding Flavour to Roast Chicken
The best way to add flavour to roast chicken is with herbs, spices and marinades. You can experiment with a variety of spices depending on the flavours you enjoy.
Here are some flavour combos to explore:
- Lemon and dill
- Thyme, rosemary and oregano
- Chilli powder, garlic, honey
- Basil, Sage, Tarragon
Best Side Dishes for a Roast Chicken
The options for side dishes are endless with a roast chicken. Traditionally, you’ll find that either a vegetable or a grain (starch) is offered to complement a roast chicken.
Here are some options for side dishes:
- Glazed carrots or green beans
- Roasted sweet potatoes and root vegetables
- Classic mashed potatoes and gravy!
- Sweet corn and peas
- Roasted Brussels sprouts
- Rice or a Pilaff
Now that you’re on your way to becoming an expert roaster…See if you can raise the roast with these fantastic roast chicken recipes:
- Chicken.ca. (n.d). Roast Chicken: Your Guide to Roasting the Perfect Chicken. Retrieved December 12, 2017, from https://www.chicken.ca/chicken-school/v/roast-chicken