Chicken free range whole.
Elgin Valley, certified free range.
For a simple roast chicken, start by preheating your oven to 180°C. Place the chicken in a roasting tray, breast side up. Season with salt and pepper and little bit of olive oil. Cook in the oven for approximately 30minutes per 500g weight of the chicken. Exact cooking times will also differ depending on the exact size of your bird and also your oven.
To check if the chicken is cooked pierce the skin down near the thigh joint. If the juices run clear, then it’s cooked.
We love to use a meat thermometer for a fool proof way to check if the chicken is cooked. It takes all of the guess work out and you’ll never ruin a fantastic piece of meat again. This way you won’t lose any of the juices either. Measure the temperature of the thigh, close to the bone. There are differing opinions on this (just google and you’ll see what I mean) but you want it to be at around 72-75 degrees according to health regulations.
Once your chicken is cooked. Rest the chicken covered in loosely in foil for about 5 to 10 minutes before carving.
Serve with a simple salad or roast veges , or give our Crunchy Kipfler Potatoes with Herbed Yoghurt and Crispy Capers recipe a go, it’s definitely a winner.