Oh boy, another Giada recipe! I guess I use a lot of these because daughter-bug and I watch her show every day at 12:30p as her wind down show before nap. I mean, much rather this than most cartoons, no? The original recipe can be found here. There is also a video that goes along with it.
- 1 (5 to 6-pound) whole roasting chicken, neck and giblets discarded Note: The one’s with the thermometer that pops out when finished are the easiest, but they’re hard to find this time of year.
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 orange, quartered
- 1 lemon, quartered
- 1 head garlic, halved crosswise, plus 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 (14-ounce) cans reduced-sodium chicken broth Note: I made my own of course :)
- 1/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice Note: Mine was not fresh!
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves Note: I never use/have fresh herbs, always dried.
- Kitchen string or butcher twine Note: My WalMart didnt have any. I used white string/yarn/thread stuff. Also found you could use unwaxed dental floss.
I chopped everything up pretty small because my chicken was only a little over 3lbs and I read reviews that people had a hard time fitting everything. I also peeled my garlic, but in Giada’s video I noticed that she didnt, bummer! Stuff that chicken! I fit all but about three pieces of orange in there, mostly by inadvertently juicing the things inside :p
I also salt and peppered the top of the bird. Had some help :)
Tying the legs together was tricky, but doable. Just make sure that you cut off a length of twine or string before you start. I must’ve washed my hands 768 times because I would touch the chicken and then need to touch something else. I could’ve saved some soap and water had I planned things out a little better! This was also my first experience with a meat thermometer. It made me kind of crazy! Mine reached 180° within the first 30 minutes! So I moved it around a few times to make sure it was 180° everywhere. Here’s where it’s supposed to go.The juice that you’re supposed to make is fairly straight forward and sounds delicious :) I basted mine about every fifteen minutes or so. My skin started to brown right away, so I covered it with foil and that stopped it from burning. Finished product:
Husband Rating: 6. He ate it, but that’s about it.
Would I make this for someone else? No. In fact, I probably won’t make it again. It wasn’t so much that it was bad as there was nothing special about it. It turned out very moist, but I thought it was very bland; husband however, said it tasted like he was eating an orange peel lol. Eh. So so. Healthy! And with all that stuff crammed in there, I thought for sure it would be delicious, but it wasn’t :( Let me know if it turns out better for you!