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  • Writer's pictureLisa O

How to Easily Roast the Perfect Chicken

Think you need fancy equipment to roast the perfect chicken? I did too, and then a friend gave me a small contraption that has come to be my favorite item in the kitchen.

How it works

  • Clean your chicken and season with salt/pepper and herbs of choice.

  • Set over the vertical roaster (see photo below).

  • Add to a 400 degree oven or grill.

  • Roast for approx. 1 hour (depends on the size of chicken). Otherwise, check the internal temp with a thermometer.

  • Basting: use the juices that collect at the bottom during cooking...yum!

Cooks' note: I use my Weber Grill which results in less mess and keeps the kitchen cool. If you set the dials to "low" you will get an even 400 degrees which is about what you need. Otherwise you can use the oven but it will be a bit messy - and still tasty of course.

When you pull the chicken out of the oven/off the grill, have a tray handy for the roaster. Let the chicken rest for approx. 20 minutes and you're ready to cut up.

A few obvious added benefits of the vertical roaster

  • Fast clean up. Simply remove the fat collected in the tray and wash the rest as usual.

  • Less space for storage. I fold up the roaster, throw into a plastic bag and into a drawer.

  • Inexpensive. You can buy a vertical roaster for about $5 on eBay.

  • Amazing chicken!

Could this be a little more beautiful? I think not! Enjoy!

Originally published on 10/7/14

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