Yep....when I say this is the best oven roasted chicken you'll ever make. I mean it :) What is amazing is the simplicity of the ingredients. Just a handful of items and a couple small steps and you will be the dinner making hero of all heroes. This recipe is a french version of oven roasted chicken. Now...I'm not necessarily the expert on french cuisine...but I can tell you this is one tasty pot o' chicken.
This recipe calls for a whole chicken, but I find it's easier and cheaper just to buy a 5lb package of either whole legs or split chicken breasts. Now take your chicken, rinse them off then rub salt and pepper all over and set aside.
Now gather up 1 celery stalk, 1 onion, 1 sprig rosemary, and 8 whole garlic cloves. Dice up the stalk of celery and 1 small onion then peel the garlic cloves.
Now take an oven safe pot and heat it up on your stove. Drop 2 tablespoons of butter in the pot and once melted place the chicken inside. Cook the chicken on medium high heat for about 6-8 minutes each side. Then throw in the diced onion, celery, peeled garlic cloves, and rosemary.
Oooops, I forgot, you will also want to add a whole bay leaf to the pot as well.
Now cover your pot then place in the preheated oven. Bake for one and a half hours. That is all you gotta do folks :) Now this chicken will not have the lovely golden tones of other oven roasted birds, but do not let that deter you...go right ahead and sink your teeth into that tender juicy poultry.
Oh and don't forget to drizzle the amazing juicy saucey goodness liberally onto each piece of chicken. It's the bestest part hehehe.
French Oven Roasted Chicken
1 whole chicken
2 tablespoons butter
1 small onion diced
1 celery stalk diced
1 sprig rosemary
1 bay leaf
8 whole garlic cloves
Season chicken with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, heat butter in a large pot. When oil is hot, add chicken, onion, and garlic, rosemary, and garlic cloves. Brown chicken on one side, then brown on the other. (cook about 6-8 minutes). Cover then bake on 250 degrees for an hour and a half.