Sometimes a little visit to the store will inspire you.  In this case it was a brief encounter with a roaster chicken at the local Food Lion.  I was strolling through the aisles looking for some inspiration when I saw it.  A $2 chicken.  It immediately hit me.  Time to make a roasted chicken!  Dana loves Thanksgiving, so I used it as an excuse to make Thanksgiving in August. It was perfect.

Herb Roasted Chicken

  • 1 Whole Roasting Chicken
  • 3 tbs butter, room temperature
  • 1 tbs fresh thyme
  • 1 tbs fresh sage
  • 1/2 tbs fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 head garlic, halved
  • 2 carrots, quartered
  • 2 stalks celery, quartered
  • 1 medium onion, quartered

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

This recipe started with a super cheap bird.  You can find deals on whole chickens at most supermarkets.  You get a lot of meat for not a lot of money.  This whole bird was $2.12.  Not bad for a nice meal for four.

$2 Bird

Unwrap the bird, remove the gizzards from the cavity, rinse with cold water and pat completely dry.

Then using your hands, rub the room temperature butter all over the skin of the bird.  Then season with half of the dry herbs and all of the poultry seasoning.

Rub the bird with butter and season

Cut the veggies and place the carrots, celery, remaining fresh herbs, half of the garlic and half of the onion in a roasting pan.  Cover with the olive oil and toss so that all of the veggies are coated.  Then stuff the remaining onion and garlic into the cavity of the bird.  Place the bird on top of the veggies. Use them as a rack to keep the bird off the bottom of the pan.

Place the bird over the veggies

Place the bird on the center rack of the preheated 425 degree oven.

Bake for an hour and a half, or until the breast reaches 180 degrees.

The chicken

Once the chicken reaches temperature, remove it from the oven.  Using a spatula or tongs, place the bird on a platter.

Remove to a platter

Tent the bird with aluminum foil and let it rest for 15-20 minutes.

Tent the bird

After the bird has rested, carve it up and serve.

Serve with your favorite sides

The skin on this bird was fabulous.  Dana and I had enough for each of us to have left overs.  You can not beat a nice $2 chicken.

Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.

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