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How to Make Baked Chicken Step by Step

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How to Make Baked Chicken Step by Step
  • Prep 2 hr 0 min
  • Total 3 hr 0 min
  • Ingredients 11
  • Servings 6

Making roast chicken at home is so easy, and it tastes so good that it’s almost pointless to buy it cooked. All you have to do is follow a few easy steps, starting with buying a chicken of good quality, preferably organic, to ensure the best taste. I like to soak it in brine, which is a combination of well-seasoned water, so that the meat is able to absorb all those flavors. This step can be skipped if you’re short on time, but I guarantee it’ll make all the difference. Preparing a homemade roast chicken also gives you the added luxury of using leftovers in creative and simple ways; it’s also an economical way to bring variety to your weekly menu. You can use the shredded meat to make a chicken salad with lettuce and other veggies. Add little bits of chopped peppers and steamed broccoli, and you’ve got another super easy meal. As you can see, roast chicken is not only delicious but also extremely practical and versatile. MORE + LESS -

Ingredients

1
whole chicken
1/2
cup of salt
1
teaspoon of pepper
1/2
cup of sugar
1
lemon
2
tablespoons of honey
1
tablespoons of mustard
2
tablespoons of soy sauce
1
tablespoons olive oil
1
sprig of fresh thyme
4
cloves of garlic, whole

Directions

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  • 1
    Wash the chicken and dry thoroughly. Remove the inards.
  • 2
    In a large container, dissolve 1/2 cup of salt, 1 teaspoon of pepper, and 1/2 cup of sugar in 2 or 3 liters of water. Submerge the chicken in this liquid, cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • 3
    Drain the liquid and dry the chicken. Place it on a platter or baking sheet lined with aluminum foil, to make your after-dinner washing up a bit easier.
  • 4
    Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • 5
    Using kitchen twine, tie the legs so as not to lose their form.
  • 6
    Rub the skin with a mixture of lemon juice, honey, mustard, soy sauce, and olive oil. Squeeze a little lemon juice into the cavity and add and a few sprigs of thyme, oregano or any other fresh herb you might have. Spread the whole cloves of garlic around the chicken.
  • 7
    When the oven is hot, put the chicken in and roast for 1 hour, basting every 15 minutes with the cooking juices.
  • 8
    Take it out of the oven and cut into the thigh to see if the juice that comes out is clear. If so, your chicken is ready; if not, bake for another 20 minutes.
  • 9
    When you take it out of the oven, let it rest for 15 minutes so the meat conserves its juices.
  • 10
    Finally, cut and serve with the cooking juices.
  • 11
    To accompany the dish, you can serve a salad of lettuce and radishes or cauliflower roasted in the oven for 20 minutes with garlic and olive oil.

Expert Tips

  • You can omit the honey-mustard mix and use only a few tablespoons of olive oil to rub down the chicken.
  • Stuff the cavity with sliced oranges or an apple. The aroma they give off is incredible.
  • A good side that always goes well with roast chicken is mashed potatoes.
  • Use the leftovers to make homemade chicken salad sandwiches.

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More About This Recipe
  • Making roast chicken at home is so easy, and it tastes so good that it’s almost pointless to buy it cooked. All you have to do is follow a few easy steps, starting with buying a chicken of good quality, preferably organic, to ensure the best taste. I like to soak it in brine, which is a combination of well-seasoned water, so that the meat is able to absorb all those flavors. This step can be skipped if you’re short on time, but I guarantee it’ll make all the difference. Preparing a homemade roast chicken also gives you the added luxury of using leftovers in creative and simple ways; it’s also an economical way to bring variety to your weekly menu. You can use the shredded meat to make a chicken salad with lettuce and other veggies. Add little bits of chopped peppers and steamed broccoli, and you’ve got another super easy meal. As you can see, roast chicken is not only delicious but also extremely practical and versatile.

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