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Julia Child's Roasted ChickenPrint Recipe
- 1 fine fresh 3 1/2 pound chicken (let sit at room temp for 30 minutes seasoned with kosher salt)
- Kosher salt and pepper
- 6 fresh sage leaves or 4 sprigs of fresh tarragon or 1/2 teaspoon dried herbes de Provence
- 1 large lemon cut in 1/2-inch slices
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1 cup mixed roughly chopped carrots
- 1 cup diced onions
- 2 cups baby potatoes
- Preparing the chicken:
- Set the rack on the lower middle level and preheat the oven to 425°F.
- I purchased the chicken already trussed, you can ask the butcher to do this for you
- Rinse the chicken thoroughly, inside and out, under hot water, then dry it with paper towels.
- Salt and pepper the cavity and stuff it with the sage leaves and 3 or 4 thick slices of lemon; give the slices a squeeze as you put them in. Massage the butter over the entire chicken skin, including undersides, then salt with kosher salt generously.
- If you need to truss: Tie the ends of the drumsticks together with twine. Arrange the chicken breast-up on the rack in the roasting pan and tuck the flap of neck skin underneath. Squeeze the juice of the remaining lemon pieces over the top.
- Arrange chopped vegetables around chicken and toss with butter and olive oil and season with salt, pepper and herbs.
- Roasting the chicken:
- A small chicken will roast in about 1 1/4 hours, a larger one may take 1 1/2 hours or more. When done, remove the chicken from the rack and set it on a board to rest for 15 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to retreat back into the flesh.