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Basic Roast Chicken

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Category: Poultry

 Ingredients List

  • 1 (4-5 pound) chicken
  • Marinade for roast chicken


1. Wipe chicken with a damp cloth. Dry well with paper toweling; or hang up
to dry in a cool, airy place for 1 to 2 hours. Transfer to a deep bowl.

2. Prepare any marinade for roast chicken (see any recipe "... for Roast
Chicken": "Five Spices", "Scallion-Honey", "Tangerine Peel", or "Hoisin".)
Then pour over chicken and rub into skin. Let stand 1 to 2 hours, turning
occasionally. Drain, reserving marinade.

3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place chicken on a rack over a drip pan
containing several inches of water (this will keep the drippings from
burning). Roast until bird is tender and browned, basting with marinade at
15-minute intervals and turning bird occasionally. (Allow about 30 minutes
roasting time per pound.)

4. With a cleaver, chop chicken, bones and all, in 2-inch sections; or
carve Western-style, and serve. VARIATION: After step 2, brush bird with
melted chicken fat.

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