Friday, November 1, 2013

FFWD ~ Hurry-Up-and-Wait Roast Chicken

FFWD Hurry-Up-and-Wait Roast Chicken

I can’t believe I didn’t have to make a trip to the grocery store for this week’s French Friday recipe. Hurry-Up-and-Wait Roast Chicken…the name says it all!  I happened to have a roaster chicken in my freezer.  The rest of the ingredients were just simple everyday additions. I even had herbs still in pots, growing on my deck.  This was basically, a traditional roasted chicken.  However, the process was a bit fussy.  Roasting it on its side for 25 minutes, then turning the chicken twice while it’s cooking.  When you remove it from the oven, it's propped up on a small bowl for a half hour rest.  This allows the juices to run back into the breast. Quite a sight!  

My stubborn bird! 
After I prepped my chicken by rubbing it with salt and pepper, pushing butter under the skin, and filling its cavity with sliced lemons, garlic cloves and herbs, I then placed it on its side in my baking pan. It roasts at a high temperature of 450 degrees.  My chicken would just not lay on its side (it kept rolling onto its back) I finally I gave in, and let it have its own way. A pretty stubborn bird!  Quite honestly, I put my chicken into the oven rather late in the afternoon, because I was busy running errands during the day. So I only let my chicken rest ten minutes.  It was seven o’clock by the time we ate, and we were hungry! It still came out perfect. Tender and succulent! I served it with oven-roasted potatoes, carrots, and butternut squash.  This was a perfect dinner for a rainy, cool fall night.  Happy Friday everyone!

This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspan’s cookbook, “Around My French Table”.  Or you can find it at Food.com.  To see what the other Dorista’s are up to, check it out here.

I was hungry and not so concerned with the photos….I should have dressed him a bit for his photo shoot!
A delicious dinner! Gravy was made with some white wine mixed with the pan juices, and cooked on top of the stove.

24 comments:

  1. My initial thought is that anyone who can bake successful biscotti can coax a dead chicken to stay securely placed on its side. That being said, it is somewhat nice to know that you do have some crosses to bear in the kitchen! Everything about this chicken was delicious and moist. Looks like you threw veggies in the pot also. That being said, "fussy" is the buzz word. Not sure I would do this again. Would you? Like you, I am glad, however, that we tried this technique.

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  2. Your stubborn bird looks delish! I love all the photos of resting chickens :) Happy weekend, my friend!

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  3. Stubborn she may have been, but she looks perfectly cooked. Well done. I worried about mine rolling around too but the veggies helped to keep it propped up.

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  4. What an amusing post, Kathy. I haven't tried a recipe per se for this kind of chicken but I have tried to do something like it on my own. I can definitely relate with a chicken who has its own mind. I tried this once and swore to never try it again. I do believe it was I doing the jig in the kitchen trying to get it to cooperate!

    Thank you so much for sharing...yours looks delicious

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  5. LOL - I reckon most people's birds were stubborn. I liked the simplicity of this one too.

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  6. So pretty, I love adding butter under the skin too - truffles when I can snag them not to outrageously priced. I was lazy and propped by bird up on the edge of the pan. Love your Bin 27 entry - voted for you:)

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  7. Lovely roast, love the plated meal in that last picture!

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  8. The chicken looks really tender and succulent!

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  9. These look fantastic. I need to make them soon so I have something delicious to eat for dinner

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  10. Dear Kathy, outstanding presentation - perefection - goodness, your Roast Chicken could not be more photogenic (and that means a lot for a chicken)!
    Have a fabulous weekend!
    P.S.: How is the contest going?

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  11. Yes, getting the chicken to behave was a bit of a challenge - I do love the chicken propped on the bowl picture :-)

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  12. I'm getting really hungry for roast chicken seeing all these wonderful Dorista recipes. Yours is so beautifully golden, it looks amazing!

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  13. Indeed the chicken looks succulent. Would basting not do the same as turning the chicken? The resting position is absolutely brilliant! I shall rest mine like that from now on.

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  14. The Roast Chicken looks wonderful:) Great job.

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  15. I did the resting all wrong! I just propped the chicken in a large bowl breast side down. Thank you for posting a picture of Dorie's intended method. :-)

    That gravy looks luscious! I'm happy you enjoyed this dish.

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  16. Te hotograph s tunnng, even youve rushing on it...
    thx for sharing tis for making the natural chicke juice runnng into the breast....

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  17. That last yoga pose (as Mary would say), is just so funny! I need to give this recipe a try, but it's so hard when I buy an amazing rotisserie chicken across the street... Looks gorgeous Kathy!

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  18. This bird looks amazing. Seriously, considering you were hustling to eat dinner - it makes it all the more impressive. Great lighting ! Glad you could knock it out without a trip to the store- that doesn't happen often for FFWD :) PS- I have been voting daily for the biscotti and having my hubby vote on his FB acct for Alice. Thank goodness only two Doristas in the contest or I would have to call on the boys.......Good luck !!

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  19. Looks fabulous, Kathy! I love that you didn't have to go to the store. I didn't either -- chicken in my bottomless freezer and vegetables from my CSA. What a tasty chicken, though too much work for me to repeat. Good luck with the biscotti. They sound fabulous and are on my list to try out in my kitchen soon!

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  20. Too funny that your bird was so stubborn! I'm glad it still turned out well. The plating with the gravy and vegetables looks professional.

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  21. WOWWWW that looks SO YUMMY mmm:) your blog is my addiction now haha

    Check out one of my Swedish fav. recipies in the link above:)

    Have a wonderful day dear

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis - The Swedish home decor blog

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  22. I felt the same way about the photo I took of this chicken - just a quick shot before carving, plating, and digging in. It smelled too good to wait!

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