This is my family's favorite recipe for roast chicken. What makes it stand apart, in my opinion, from the hundreds of other lemon roasted chicken recipes is the addition of lemon curd. You may not be familiar with lemon curd but if you have had lemon meringue pie than you have had something very similar. It is a traditional British spread typically eaten with scones and used as a tart filling. You can find commercially produced lemon curd at the grocery store, usually in the jam aisle, but homemade is easy to make and much better tasting. My recipe is lower in fat than most and when I know I am using it in this recipe I also use less sugar. When rubbed under and over the chicken skin it creates a lovely tangy glaze.
lemon-herb roasted chicken and potatoes
1 - 4 pound chicken 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 6 garlic cloves, crushed 1/3 cup lemon curd (recipe follows) 4 - 6 potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2 inch dice
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Remove and discard giblets and neck from chicken. Rinse chicken with cold water, pat dry. Starting at neck cavity, loosen skin from breasts and legs by inserting fingers, gently pushing between skin and meat. Combine the rosemary, thyme, salt, pepper and garlic. Toss 1/3 of the mixture with the cubed potatoes in a bowl. Rub the remaining mixture under loosened skin over the breasts and legs. Lift wing tips up and over back; tuck under chicken. Place chicken in a roasting pan. Rub the lemon curd under and over the skin. Tie legs together with kitchen twine. Scatter the potatoes around the chicken in the roasting pan. Roast at 450 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and stir potatoes. Return to the oven and reduce the temperature to 350 degrees. Roast for an additional hour or until the thigh meat reaches 180 degrees, tested with an instant read thermometer, stirring the potatoes every 30 minutes so they will brown evenly. Remove the chicken from the oven and cover loosely with foil. Let stand 10 minutes before carving.
2/3 cup sugar (3/4 cup if using in a sweet recipe) 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind 2 large eggs 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice (about 3 large lemons) 2 tablespoons butter
Combine the first 3 ingredients in a saucepan and stir with a whisk. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves and mixture becomes light in color (about 4 minutes). Stir in lemon juice and butter and cook, stirring constantly for 5 minutes or until mixture thinly coats the back of a spoon. Cool. Cover and chill. Lemon curd can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week or frozen for longer storage.
We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons. ~Alfred E. Newman
Have you forgotten how food tastes? I mean real food. Not the packaged, over processed stuff that is so full of un-pronounceable ingredients that you need a dictionary to read the nutrition facts. My aim is to share my family and friends favorite recipes made with real ingredients that showcase how real food tastes. Will it all be healthy? Not necessarily. But you'll never see cream of something soup in my recipes.
I am a wife and mother who loves to prepare home-made meals that are both delicious and (usually) nutritious. To me, home cooking nourishes the body, comforts the soul and brings loved ones together. It takes into account our expanding global tastes as well as our culinary roots.