I once had a friend tell me a story about how he decided he was going to marry his girlfriend because she made him this roast chicken. He was so impressed at the time she took to create and serve the meal, which also happened to be ready right when he walked in the door. Now in reality roast chicken is a very easy thing to make, but men are very simple and easily charmed. Have we all heard of the sandwich lady? She has to make three hundred sandwiches; all you have to do is perfect this chicken.This post is for my ladies looking for love in the New Year. No matter how far feminism gets us, the way to a man’s heart will always be through his stomach. So here is the dish to swoon the man you desire. Roast chicken was a staple of the classic 50s housewife back in the day. These days the convenience of picking up an already seasoned rotisserie chicken has made it easy for us to forget the magic behind an easy home cooked meal. A meal that has and could potentially get you a turn your boyfriend into your husband.
MAKE THIS MONTH:ROASTED CHICKEN.
What You Need:
There are many pieces of chicken you can roast: legs, breasts (with rib bones), and thighs. However, the most impressive thing you can roast is a whole chicken. It’s like the turkey on Thanksgiving; a beautiful centerpiece to show off your culinary mastery. Plus it’s a good thing to keep around because after you have fed your lover, pull the meat off the bones and use in salads, sandwiches, quesadillas, and omelets all week.
Assorted herbs (thyme, rosemary)
3 Carrots cut into spears
3 Spears of Celery cut into spears
1 onion cut in rings
Optional-Chicken Rub (equal parts garlic powder, onion powder, paprika)
Large Baking Pan
Meat Thermometer-this useful tool will end your questions of is it done yet?
What You Do:
Heat the oven to 425 degrees
Get to know your chicken, take out any giblets or disgusting things inside (yes I’m a chef but these things still disgust me)
Put the chicken in a big bowl
Chop the herbs and garlic and zest the lemons. Place on top of the chicken.
Squeeze a lemon and a half on top of the chicken.
Sprinkle generously with salt and chicken rub.
Let chicken sit for 10-15 minutes to get aquatinted with all the goodness you jus put on it.
Tie the chicken’s legs together like this:
This ensures even cooking and browning.
Place ¾ of the chopped veggies on the bottom on the pan.
Place the chicken on top of the veggies.
Stuff the rest of the veggies and one on the squeezed lemons inside of the chicken.
Place the chicken in the oven
After 15 minutes lower the heat to 350.
The whole process takes about an hour depending on how big the chicken is.
While it’s cooking you have time to prepare some nice sides, mashed yams topped with caramelized pecans? Green beans with bacon? Truffle pasta? Or you could just put the singular luscious chicken on the table with some candles and wine right before your boo comes over…You might just get a ring right then and there.
Note: While this post is focused on women cooking for men, I am not supporting a woman-only cooking household. Men, can too, sweep a lady off her feet with a delicious meal. Especially when it’s unexpected. I’ll have a special Valentine’s Day Dinner for Dummy’s (men) post at the beginning of next month.