Is this the perfect roasted chicken?

  • By Elizabeth Karmel, Associated Press
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2013 1:11pm
  • Life

There is something about roasted chicken that comforts, nourishes and satisfies like nothing else, especially when the wind is howling and it is cold outside.

(And even if it is the first day of spring in the Pacific Northwest, we all know the wind can howl and the weather can be nippy for weeks and weeks to come.)

Not too long ago, I went to visit a friend and when I walked into her house I had to take a deep breath to savor the aromas coming from the kitchen. Naturally, I had to follow my nose and take a peek in the oven.

Her British-born mother was roasting a chicken for Sunday supper. When I looked at the chicken, I saw that the breast was blanketed with bacon, adding to the intoxicating roasting smells, not to mention a good deal of flavor to both the meat and the drippings.

I knew that I had to take this English farmhouse tip home.

I decided to add this technique to my recipe for chicken with 40 cloves of garlic and shallots. I already had added shallots to the traditional 40 cloves recipe to make the chicken even more fragrant and delicious.

The garlic and the shallots cook in the fat that is rendered out as the chicken — and now bacon — roast.

This recipe is one of my comfort foods and I serve it with lots of fresh crusty bread and sweet butter to spread with the roasted garlic, as well as a green vegetable, usually a quick saute of baby spinach.

Roasted chicken with 40 cloves of garlic and a bacon blanket

2 heads garlic, separated into cloves, but not peeled

8 medium shallots, not peeled

2 tablespoons olive oil

Kosher salt

½ cup white wine

1 5-pound whole chicken

8 ounces thick-cut bacon

Ground black pepper

Heat the oven to 500 degrees.

In a large Dutch oven, toss the garlic cloves and shallots with the olive oil. Add the wine, then sprinkle with salt. Set aside.

Use paper towels to pat dry the chicken, then season it with salt, including inside the cavity. Set the chicken, breast side up, on top of the garlic and shallots. Drape the strips of bacon over the chicken. Set the pan in the oven and cook for 1 to 1½ hours (time will vary depending on how evenly your oven heats), or until the bacon is crisped and brown and the thighs read 170 F.

Remove the chicken from the pan and set it on a platter. Season the chicken with black pepper, then cover it with foil and let it rest 10 to 15 minutes before carving. Meanwhile, slip the garlic cloves and shallots from their skins and serve with the chicken (they also are good spread on toasted bread).

Makes 8 servings. Per serving: 630 calories; 400 calories from fat (63 percent of total calories); 44 g fat (13 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 160 mg cholesterol; 14 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 2 g sugar; 41 g protein; 850 mg sodium.

More in Life

Lots to see in Upper Skagit, even if the eagles are elusive

A guided hike through a mossy old-growth forest more than makes up for a lack of raptor sightings.

Shopping cart showdown: Which stores have best food prices?

Jennifer Bardsley compares Fred Meyer, PCC, QFC, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, WinCo and Whole Foods offers.

Take a closer look: Winter gardens share gifts in subtle way

Go on a neighborhood walk this month to enjoy the seasonal beauty offered by a variety of gardens.

Lucasfilm
                                Daisy Ridley stars as Rey in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
‘The Last Jedi’ opens with $220M, 2nd best weekend of all-time

The Disney blockbuster became just the fourth film to open above $200 million domestically.

Samish Flats in Skagit County prime turf for winter birders

This spot is great for birdwatching because of the mostly flat land, marshy areas and open water.

Outdoor classes and activities in and around Snohomish County

GET OUT Christmas bird count: Volunteers are needed for the Everett-Marysville Christmas… Continue reading

Relationship do’s and don’ts: Lessons from 40 years of marriage

Paul Schoenfeld reflects on what he’s learned about relationships after four decades with his wife.

Making it through the holidays on 4 legs and 4 wheels

1. Driving safety Here are some travel tips from the Red Cross… Continue reading

The top 10 albums of 2017: From Jay-Z to St. Vincent

This year saw an upward trend in music industry revenue due to the popularity of streaming services.

Most Read