The perfect roast chicken

  • Time cooking time: 1 hour
  • Yield Serves: 6

Ingredients

    3 1/2 lb (1.5kg) chicken
    1 lemon/lime/any small citrus (optional)
    Salt & pepper
    Butter/olive oil

Preparation

    Buy the best chicken you can afford

    Preheat oven to 450-460 F. (240 C).
    Pour boiling water over the chicken as it lies in the sink.
    Season well with sea salt and black pepper.
    Cut the citrus fruit in half and place in the chicken cavity.
    Rub butter/olive oil liberally over the skin
    Place in the oven then IMMEDIATELY turn down temperature to 350 F (180 C).
    Roast for one hour, basting once after 30 mins.
    When done, remove from the oven and the bird can go straight to table.
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