Ken R's Perfect Roast Chicken, modified from Ina Garten


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Serves 8 | Prep Time 20 minutes | Cook Time 1 hour 30 min

Why I Love This Recipe

The chicken is a Heterogeneous mixture because you can see the skin and muscles and tendons. The carrots are a Heterogeneous mixture because they are orange and green. The onions are a heterogeneous mixtures because you can see the stripes. The chicken turning dark brown is a physical change in color. The carrots and chicken and onions that are boiled is a chemical change.

Submitted by: "Ken R"


Ingredients You'll Need

ingredients
1 (5 to 6 pound) roasting chicken
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 large bunch fresh thyme, plus 20 sprigs
1 lemon, halved
1 head garlic, cut in half crosswise
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter, melted
1 large yellow onion, thickly sliced
4 carrots cut into 2-inch chunks
1 bulb of fennel, tops removed, and cut into wedges
Olive oil


Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.


Remove the chicken giblets. Rinse the chicken inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pin feathers and pat the outside dry. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken. Stuff the cavity with the bunch of thyme, both halves of lemon, and all the garlic. Brush the outside of the chicken with the butter and sprinkle again with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken. Place the onions, carrots, and fennel in a roasting pan. Toss with salt, pepper, 20 sprigs of thyme, and olive oil. Spread around the bottom of the roasting pan and place the chicken on top.


Roast the chicken for 1 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh. Remove the chicken and vegetables to a platter and cover with aluminum foil for about 20 minutes. Slice the chicken onto a platter and serve it with the vegetables.


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