This week´s designated recipe for the French Fridays with Dorie group is a “Hurry-up-and-wait Roast Chicken”. This whole roast chicken is so easy and it will give you that perfect juicy meat and crispy skin
There are so many recipes for roast chicken out there and we have tried so many of them that it is a bit difficult to get excited about yet another roast chicken recipe. But Dorie´s method is interesting, to say the least. Her method for roasting a chicken is simple. At high heat, roast the chicken on one side for about 25 minutes, turn the chicken on its other side, roast for another 25 minutes, then roast the chicken breast side up for another 10 minutes (the “hurry-up” part of this recipe). The last step is letting the chicken rest headstand for another 15 minutes (the “wait” part of this recipe).
When roasting a chicken, the issue is not so much one of flavor – after all you get what you get what you pay for in that department – but texture and juiciness of the meat. And if you follow this method of roasting your chicken, you will certainly not be disappointed, the meat will be juicy and moist. I must admit though at having tried this very method of roasting a chicken before, there is is one very famous German cook who praises this method as "the one and only method of perfectly roasting a chicken".
But the point of a roast chicken is not only the meat and the golden skin but also the roasted vegetables that surround it and also what collects in the pan while it cooks. The sticky bits and morsels that adhere to the roasting pan will inspire you to make a little pan gravy alongside, maybe thickened with flour or simply dissolved in wine or stock to make a thin but deeply flavored juice.
Whether you serve your lovely moist Hurry-up-and-wait Roast Chicken with a green salad and some crusty bread in summer or with roasted sweet potatoes, new potatoes, celeriac, apples, orange carrots and violet carrots (like I did), this roast chicken is certainly a dish for all seasons.
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If you happen to own Dorie Greenspan´s book “Around my French Table”, you will find the recipe for the “Hurry-up-and-wait Roast Chicken” on pages 202 - 203.