This whole roast chicken with Southern giblet gravy is the perfect weeknight meal. Follow the tips from this simple recipe to get crisp, juicy meat every time.
A wise man once said, “if you can cook a good roast chicken, you can take on the world.” That wise man may have been me, but who’s counting? The moral of the story is, everyone should have a good and faithful roast chicken recipe in their arsenal. This is the perfect recipe to start with if you don’t.
How to make the perfect roast chicken?
Whether it is a Sunday dinner, weeknight meal, or a romantic occasion, a classic roast chicken is always suitable. To achieve a perfect roast chicken, there are a few key steps that I take every time:
- Pat the bird dry to get rid of excess moisture. And if I have time, I throw it in the fridge for a few hours to dry it out even more.
- Spatchcock the chicken so that it cooks evenly
- Season for the gods. Every crevice of the bird should have visible flavor.
- Keep an instant-read thermometer close by. You’re looking for 150 F for the breast and 170 F for the thigh. Always test by inserting the thermometer at the thickest part of the thigh but NOT touching the bone.
Preparing the best roast chicken is one thing but eliminating waste while doing it is a whole nother ball game. What’s great about this recipe is that you can use everything. When purchasing a whole chicken, they have come with a pack of innards or giblets on the inside.
You may be inclined to throw them away but think again. This organ meat is packed with flavor and is the perfect addition to gravies and stuffings. This giblet gravy recipe was super common in my house growing up, especially during the holidays, and is the perfect flavor enhancer to pair with the roast chicken.
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I was taught to use everything, so I love a good zero waste recipe. And in this recipe, that means using the innards and the backbone. Even though I cut out the backbone to spatchcock the chicken, you can reserve it to make homemade stock later.
This roast chicken is the quintessential family meal and is packed with flavor. Just follow these tips to get the perfect, crispiest, juiciest, all-in-one roast chicken every time.
What is giblet gravy?
A classic gravy made with the innards or giblets (neck, liver, heart, gizzard) from the chicken or turkey. Way to use the entire chicken!
What is spatchcocking?
Spatchcocking comes from the phrase “dispatch the cock” and means to split the whole bird open, breaking its backbone, and pressing its breast to flatten it. Spatchcocking has several benefits starting from even cooking, faster-cooking, juicier meat, easy to spruce, and tastier gravy.
Homemade Adobo Spice Brine
- 4-5 teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon per pound
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 4-5 lb whole chicken air-chilled
- 4 tablespoons clarified butter room temperature
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 teaspoon adobo seasoning
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 medium onion thinly sliced
- 4 cloves garlic chopped
- 3 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 2 bay leaves
- Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste
- Add all ingredients to a food processor on a blend until combined. Divide spices into half for seasoning.
- Take one tablespoon of seasoning and mix with the clarified butter.
- Remove innards from the chicken and set aside. Butterfly the chicken placing the chicken on a cutting board breast side down. Use kitchen shears or a sharp knife to cut out the backbone of the chicken. Set backbone to the side.
- Turn the chicken over breast-side up. Place your hands on top of each in between the breast. Applying downward pressure to the breastbone to flatten the bird. Transfer and position the chicken in the center of a wire rack set in a rimmed baking sheet.
- Pat chicken dry with a paper towel and dispose of the towel. Turn chicken breast-side down and liberally season the back cavity.
- Turn the chicken breast-side up and poke chicken skin with a skewer. Use a hand to separate the skin and add clarified butter under the skin.
- Liberally season the top of the bird with the rest of the seasoning mix.
- Transfer chicken (uncovered) to the refrigerator for 1-hour to 24 hours.
- Preheat over 475 degrees F. Remove chicken from the fridge and set at room temperature for 45 minutes. Add chicken to oven and roast until an instant-read thermometer reads 150 F for the breast and 170 F for the thigh.
- Cook for 30 mins, might turn down - testing
- Remove giblets and bones from cheesecloth then remove any meat from bones, discard skin/fat/bones and finely chop meat.
- Melt butter in a medium saucepan then add onions and garlic and cook for 1 minute or until onions have softened. Sprinkle in flour while stirring the onions. Allow the flour to cook for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown while stirring continuously.
- Stir in chopped giblet meat and cook, stirring frequently. Use a whisk it slowly whisk in broth until all the flour is dissolved. While whisking scrape all the brown bits off the bottom of the pan.
- Bring the gravy to a boil then reduce to low and add in bay leaves. Cook until thickened and season to taste with kosher salt and black pepper.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.
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