My son requested that I roast chicken for dinner tonight since it's Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving? We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here and I don't even know when is the actual day although I know that it's around this time of the year. In truth, he wanted roast chicken for dinner and that's all..well, which mother doesn't satisfy a hungry son! So, ok dear son, it's roast chicken you want, then roast chicken it is! Yay!
In actual fact, my family and I love home roast chicken. It's so easy to make. Just put in any seasoning or sauces and you have a wonderful meal. As for me, this is my family's all-time favorite when it's roasting time. Each time I do this, they will request for this same roast chicken over and over again..I foresee that this will be 'hand-me-down' recipe from me to my kids and their kids too..:) I don't really have a name for this roast but since I used apples, then I'm gonna name it Apple Roast Chicken.
And I want to share my recipe with you. Hopefully you'll give this a try and you know what? I'm gonna make this again for Christmas. I will have to roast 3 chickens then...haahaha.
1 medium sized chicken, cleaned and remove the head and feet.
salt and pepper
2 green apples with skin, cored and cut into 6 pieces
2 lemons, cut into halves
1 big yellow onion, cut into rings
potatoes, cut into halves or quarters if it's large
garlic, a few whole pips
few sprigs of sweet basil and thyme
handful of dark raisins
rice wine (maybe about 4 - 5 tbsp)
white wine vinegar (2 tbsp)
worchestershire sauce (5 tbsp)
4 tbsp honey
Rub chicken all over and inside with salt and pepper. Make slits on the skin at the thighs, wings and breasts and insert the garlic pips together with the basil and thyme. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours. Take it out of the fridge an hour before roasting time.
- Pre-heat oven to 230dC. Place the apples, raisins, potatoes and onion into a non-stick baking tray.
- Place the chicken over it and squeeze the lemon in the cavity and all around.
- Sprinkle bits of butter all over the chicken and give a generous bath of olive oil all over the chicken.
- Pour some rice wine, white wine vinegar and worchestershire sauce.
- Bake for an hour and pour in the honey. Continue baking till chicken is done.
Serve with baguette or any bread.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!