Monday, September 26, 2011

Jamie Oliver's Perfect Roast Chicken

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My sister and I are both fans of Thomas Keller's Roast Chicken and I absolutely love Nigella Lawson's too.  I told Sis I was going to make Jamie Oliver's Perfect Roast Chicken and see how it compares to the others.  I also told her I could do a collection of posts about all these roast chickens when I realized - I have never blogged the others!!  How could I forget to post these amazing recipes?  I will get them all to you soon and I will start off with this one.  I have to admit that I can't pick a favorite when it comes to these dishes.  A simple roast chicken is just amazing and this one is no exception.

  On my last trip to the library I borrowed this book

The Naked Chef

and I chose to make this recipe - enjoy!!

What you need:
one 2-3 pound chicken
salt and fresh ground pepper
3 small handfuls of fresh herbs (basil, parsley, marjoram) finely chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
1 lemon halved
4 bay leaves, torn
2 sprigs fresh rosemary

What you do:
Preheat the oven and the roasting tray to 425.  Wash chicken inside and out and pat dry.  Rub the cavity with salt. Carefully separate the skin from the breast meat and sprinkle with salt, add the fresh herbs and drizzle in a bit of olive oil. Stuff the bird with the lemon, bay and rosemary. Pull the skin forward making sure the flesh isn't exposed. 
Slash each thigh 3-4 times and rub some fresh herbs into the skin. Now over the entire chicken, drizzle some olive oil and sprinkle with salt.  Remove your hot tray from oven, drizzle a bit of olive oil, lay chicken breast side down and cook for 10 minutes,  Flip the chicken and cook for 1 hour.  Be sure to take advantageof the yummy juices collected in the bottom of the pan.


  1. Yum! I am totally interested in which roast chicken recipe is your favorite now. Can't wait to see your other recipes you have tried. Come on over and share this roasted chicken on Hunk of Meat Monday.

  2. This looks so great! I am a big roast chicken fan! As a matter of fact I will eat some today!:) I am a new Follower of your Blog from Jamaica. I learnt about your Blog from Tasty Tuesday. Have a good day.

  3. Your Roast Chicken looks so pretty and a beautiful way to welcome fall. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week!
    Miz Helen

  4. I do love a roast chicken - it would probably be the "last meal" I would request if I ever found myself on death row - God forbid! This version looks great.
    Sue :-0

  5. This looks completely delicious! Thanks for reminding me to try Jamie's version!

  6. I am totally interested in which roast chicken recipe, which is one of the your favorite now. Can't wait to see your other recipes, you have tried. I learned about your Blog from Tasty Tuesday.

  7. That looks just terrific. I love roast chicken and this is a recipe I am trying! Come over and visit us. We have a terrific apple stuffed pork chop.

  8. mmm I totally need to try this recipe!

  9. Yumo! I used tp love watching his show back when he first came out....! Have a great week.

  10. Hi Danielle,
    I am so happy that you brought this wonderful recipe to share with us today. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week end!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  11. yum! This looks Great! Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! I would love to have you stop by and link up again tomorrow with more great projects!


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