Central Market's Simple Roast Chicken

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Central Market's Simple Roast Chicken

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One of the most common -- and most delicious -- ways to prepare a whole chicken! Thanks to the team at Central Market for putting their BEST 'wing' forward for this crispy, tender entrĂ©e. 


  • 1 5- to 6-pound chicken
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 4 whole garlic cloves
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 cup chicken stock, water, or wine, for deglazing

Recipe Info

  1. Place rack on second level from bottom of oven. Heat oven to 500 degrees. Remove the fat from the tail and crop end of the chicken. Season the cavity and skin with salt and pepper. Stuff the cavity of the chicken with the lemon, garlic, and butter.

  2. Place the chicken in a roasting pan breast side up. Roast for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the juices run clear. Rotate the chicken halfway through the cooking time.

  3. Pour off excess fat from the roasting pan and put the roasting pan on top of the stove over medium heat. Add the stock or other liquid and bring the contents of the pan to a boil, while scraping the bottom. Let reduce by half. Serve the sauce over the chicken or on the side.

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