Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Lemon, Garlic & Herb Roasted Spatchcock Chicken | 香草檸檬蒜香烤雞

Nothing quite beats a perfect chicken roast, especially when it can be done with ease and in a short time! A homey chicken roast sounds sublime for a cozy Sunday dinner in with the family or loved ones, yet it is also impressive enough to wow your friends and neighbors. This roast chicken will fill your kitchen with the tantalizing scent of garlic, rosemary, and lemon, giving you impossibly juicy meat and skin so crispy it easily beats the pants off any rotisserie chicken.

Spatchcocking your chicken is a surefire way to ensure juicy results and crispy skin every time. Not only do you cut short on the cooking time, it also makes for easy marinading the night before. Works great also on the grill for a summery outdoors barbecue. As I shared in my last post, ever since I started spatchcocking I've never turned back; in fact, a simple spatchcock chicken roast has saved me many a time when I invited friends over for dinner!

Go to my tutorial: How to Spatchcock a Chicken: A Step-by-Step Guide

Lay the bird on a bed of root vegetables, onion, and garlic for a wholesome, easy meal all in one pan!

Let the bird marinate overnight for extra flavor and tenderness
To make for a complete meal in one pan, I like to throw in chopped root vegetables, onion wedges, whole garlic cloves, and hearty vegetables like brussels sprouts to roast together. For a even more scrumptious treat, however, I like to build a layer of thinly sliced potatoes and sweet potatoes underneath the chicken, which soaks up the juices from the roast and crisps up with crunchy bits towards the end. Now, that is truly irresistible.

The roast will generate a copious amount of drippings, which you can use to whip up a luscious gravy if you are feeling extra fancy. Personally, I find the chicken in and of itself so flavorsome and moist that I'd skip completely on the gravy. Rather, I would reserve the lemon-infused, richly-flavored, garlicky drippings for cooking another day - whether it's in roasting baby potatoes, stir-frying vegetables, or cooking another chicken dish. It is absolutely sensational in preparing my Lemon Chicken Piccata with Zoodles recipe!

Get the recipe: Lemon Chicken Piccata with Zoodles

Pair this roast chicken with a perfect side dish: Brown Butter Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta, Sage, and Almonds - work on the stove while the chicken is roasting, then pop the dish into the oven once the bird is out resting!

•  Get the recipe: Brown Butter Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta, Sage, and Almonds

The chicken is so tender the leg freely wriggles off without even using a knife - watch as the juices flow!

1 whole chicken
3 large cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup fresh herbs, chopped (rosemary/thyme)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 whole lemon
Potatoes (optional) 

1. Spatchcock the chicken: Pat the chicken dry. Using a pair of kitchen shears, cut along each side of the spine to remove the backbone. Trim excess fat and clean out the cavity. With breast side up, press down firmly in the middle of the breastbone to flatten the bird. (For my step-by-step guide, click here)

Get under the skin: using your fingers, carefully separate the skin and the flesh in the breast and thigh. Spread marinade nicely in these "pockets" and evenly all over the whole chicken.
2. Season the chicken: Combine garlic, herbs, olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl. Rub marinade evenly throughout the chicken and under the skin. Drizzle with lemon juice from half of the whole lemon. Reserve the squeezed half lemon for roasting. Marinate overnight.

3. Roast the chicken: Preheat oven to 425°F/220°C. Remove chicken from fridge and allow 20 minutes to return to room temperature. In a large cast iron skillet or sheet pan, scatter thinly sliced potatoes and salt generously. Place squeezed lemon half in center to help prop up chicken for better air circulation. Place chicken on top and tuck the wing tips under to prevent burning. Slice remaining half lemon and scatter around chicken.

4. Roast for 20 minutes. Baste the potato slices with drippings. Rotate the pan and return to the oven for an additional 15 to 20 minutes until golden and crispy, depending on size of the chicken. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes. Dig in!

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【 香草檸檬蒜香烤雞 】

急凍全雞                          1 隻
蒜末                                   3 大蒜瓣
新鮮迷迭香/百里香       適量(剁碎)
初榨橄欖油                      3 湯匙
粗鹽                                   1 湯匙
黑胡椒                               1 茶匙
檸檬                                   1 個
薯仔                                   隨意

1. 先將全雞來個蝶式開邊。(詳細做法:蝴蝶式全雞開邊法
2. 準備醃料:把蒜末、香草、橄欖油、鹽和胡椒拌勻。
3. 用手指輕輕把雞胸和雞腿的皮與肉之間分隔開,有助塞進醃料。把整隻雞塗滿醃料,擠上半個檸檬汁,放進雪櫃醃過夜。擠完的檸檬半保留備用。
4. 醃好的雞置室內解凍約 20 分鐘。預熱焗爐至 425°F/220°C。
5. 薯仔切薄片,平鋪在烤盤上並撒上鹽和胡椒。擠過的檸檬半放在中間。
6. 放上雞隻,將雞翼尖向下疊好以防止燒焦。剩餘半隻檸檬切片,撒在烤盤上。
7. 放進焗爐烤 20 分鐘。薯仔掃上雞油,再烤 15 - 20 分鐘至雞隻金黃皮脆,即成!

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