Best Roasted Chicken Ever

October 20, 2009

OK, perhaps that’s a little hyperbole, but this recipe is really, really good. And pretty simple, which is always a major plus in my book. I modified it from one that was in Food and Wine.

What you’ll need:

4 pound chicken

1 lemon




olive oil

salt and pepper

Buy a whole chicken, around 4 pounds, and have the butcher clean it. Discard the giblets inside in the little packet. Spray a rectangular glass pan with non-stick cooking spray and place the bird in it. Stuff the inside cavity with several sprigs of oregano, a large handful of fresh basil leaves, 3 cloves of garlic, halved, and the lemon, sliced. Rub the outside generously with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Roast in the oven at 350 degrees. After 20 minutes, baste the chicken with a little more olive oil. Continue roasting for another 30 minutes, and baste it again, this time with its own juices from the bottom of the pan. Make sure to coat all over for supreme juiciness. Roast for a final 30 minutes. Let sit for ten minutes outside of the oven, before you carve it. Internal temperature should be about 180 degrees (use a meat thermometer).

Tender and tasty — my kids both loved it. To maximize your roasting efficiency, you might want to make it with roasted potatoes or a roasted vegetable since you already have the oven on. I sliced some potatoes and put them over sliced garlic and sprigs of oregano and covered everything in olive oil, then baked with the chicken for about an hour. Enjoy!

One funny aside: When I was making the chicken, Austin looked at it raw, lying in the pan, and said, “One day are they going to kill us all and eat us?”

Discounted, If Only for the Moment

Several department stores have started these midday dashes online, where things are offered at a deep discount, but only for an hour or two. The idea, I guess, is that you can shop during your lunch hour, at your desk.

Lord and Taylor recently started it. They usually focus on one item, and I haven’t found it to be so great.

Neiman Marcus does offer real “bargains” (everything is relative) from brands like Narciso Rodriguez, Marc Jacobs, Kooba, Burberry and Michael Kors. Things are 50% off, often with free shipping. The only catch I’ve found is that if you don’t log on right away, highly desirable items are often sold out. Because they’re usually midday, I’m at work and either don’t have time or forget, but sometimes Neiman’s does it at night, as they did  last night.

And it really is for two hours only. Then, much like Cinderella, things return to normal old prices. (If you’re interested, go to that department store’s website and sign up for email updates, so you’ll be included in the next discount dash.)

Speaking of Discounts

Head on over to — enter the code “FRIENDS” when you check out and you’ll get 25% off just about everything with their Friends and Family discount. Hot diggity!


I have wanted a Phillies vs. Yankees World Series since I was a little kid…we’ll see if this is the year! I must say that A-Rod has been pretty clutch this post-season — I guess dating Kate Hudson agrees with him. None of that Jessica jinx!

Hope your Monday was bearable!


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