One of the things I love most about food is that you can take a very minimalistic approach to things, with just a few simple ingredients you can make something incredibly impressive. I think we tend to season food so much that we miss out on the beautiful flavor of the ingredient we are preparing. That’s what I really love about this chicken, it’s only two ingredients, chicken and salt. I’m going to give you a thyme butter sauce recipe to go with it, but this simple roast chicken is delicious all by itself.
Let’s get started on this super simple and delicious chicken that tastes like, chicken!
1 whole chicken (about 4 pounds)
Kosher salt (I can’t really give you an amount here)
For The Sauce:
1 lemon, juiced
2 Tablespoons of cold butter, cut into 8 pieces
1 Tablespoon Thyme leaves
1/3 cup of chicken stock
Salt & Pepper to taste
Get your chicken out of the refrigerator and set it on the counter about an hour before you plan to start cooking. Preheat your oven to 450°. Next, get some paper towels and dry your bird off really well. Moisture on the outside = no crispy bird for you.
Ok, now that our bird is dried off and our wing tips are tucked, let’s talk about this chickens butt! I always just snip it off. A very prestigious university did an authentic and scientific study on chicken butts, the study showed that if you clip that part off, the chicken tastes better. That could be something I completely made up, but that’s what I’m going with. Either way just clip that little bugger off.
After you have clipped that off for no apparent reason, it’s time to salt our chicken. I urge you to use kosher salt here, however regular table salt will work. Just make sure you salt the chicken liberally and don’t forget the cavity (inside) and bottom of the bird, they need a liberal coating as well. Next, we need to tie the legs together. Some folks may feel the need to truss the chicken, but I don’t think all that work is necessary, plus I’m pretty lazy.
Next, we need to place the bird in our roasting vessel! Use a pan that you can also use on top of the stove, so we can make the sauce after the chicken is done. Salt the breasts of the chicken one last time. Also, don’t get nervous and start thinking ‘I’m using too much salt’ you’re not, stay calm.
Take a paper towel (or something) and try to get any salt that has fallen off the bird out of your roasting pan. We’re going to be using that pan to make our sauce and we don’t want the sauce to be WAY too salty, like some people I know. Place the chicken in the preheated oven for about 55 minutes (or until a thermometer in the thigh reads 160°). After that 55 minutes is up you should have something that looks like this….
You should have a nice golden brown and very crispy bird. Remove the chicken from the pan and let it rest for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, let’s start the sauce! Go back to the pan and remove most, not all, but most of the rendered chicken fat from the pan.
Turn your heat to medium high and add in the Thyme leaves. Let those cook for about 20 seconds, stirring.
Next, add in your lemon juice and chicken stock. Stir all that around and simultaneously begin scraping all that beautiful fond (delicious little brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pan) off the pan. Let that cook for about 2 minutes, just to let it reduce a little. Now, turn your heat to low and add in some of your butter.
It’s really important here that when you add the butter in you really need to stir and sorta keep your pan moving. After that butter is melted and incorporated, add in the juices off the plate where the chicken has been resting. Add in the rest of your butter and keep stirrin’ and movin’, stirrin’ and movin’ until all the butter is melted and incorporated. The thickness or consistency of the sauce is completely up to you, if you want it a little thicker reduce it more, a little thinner add a little more stock. Taste for seasoning, I added a little pepper. Mix that in and once it is thoroughly mixed, turn off the heat and your sauce is done!
Now just plate up your beautiful roast chicken and decorate the plate/platter a little if you’re feeling fancy.
All that’s left to do now is enjoy one of the most moist and delicious roast chickens you have ever had! This chicken accompanied with that thyme butter sauce is going to blow you away and seriously impress any and all guests you have over for dinner.
Anyway, I seriously hope you try this recipe out for yourself, it’s so simple and fairly inexpensive. Let me know how it turns out in the comments! Don’t forget to follow the blog so you get notified first when something is posted, that makes you a V.I.P. don’t cha know. Also, find me on Facebook @isbutteracarbblog and follow me there as well! Thanks for stopping by! Ciao!