Recently husband and I took a saunter through one of my favorite stores...Home Goods! I love that place. There is a really good one on Rt. 73 in Marlton, NJ. (And just ten minutes either way there are two more...also good...one on Rt. 38 in Moorestown, NJ and another one on Rt. 130 in Cinnaminson, NJ). I have been known to do all three in a weekend!
But recently husband and I walked through the one in Marlton. We go looking for interesting things at great prices, but, since I bought a new stove (the Electrolux that Kelly Ripa loves...and I do too), I've been collecting AllClad pots and pans. And the best place to get AllClad at the best price is your local Home Goods. On my last trip I bought an 8 quart soup pot with a lid for $189 and the full price on that is $445!!! Another pan I bought was the AllClad Chicken Roaster. It is a rectangular pan with a removable hook that has a well for some marinade. Someone online called it a glorified beer can chicken roaster. Perhaps. But I've roasted on a beer can and I've now roasted on AllClad. AllClad is way, way better.
I filled the well with lemon juice, olive oil, butter, and fresh thyme. I pushed the chicken on, breast down. In the pan below I put sweet potatoes, eggplants, and leeks. Now, my oven has a convection oven capability and something called "Perfect Turkey". "Perfect Turkey" works like this. I put a chicken (or turkey) in a pan, put one end of the probe in the thigh of the chicken and the other end in the wall of the oven. I shut the door of the oven and press the "Perfect Turkey" button....and voila....in an hour I have a perfectly cooked chicken (or turkey). Really!
So...I suspended my seven pound chicken over the pan of vegetables, inserted the probes, turned on the oven and (voila again!) I had the moistest, most delicious bird I've made in 30 years of marriage!
Husband took the turkey off the bar and put it onto a plate. While he cut up the chicken to eat I scooped the vegetables out of the juice and put them on a serving plate and then made a salad. We poured the juice left in the basting well and that which was left in the bottom of the pan into a bowl for drizzling over the cut chicken on our plates. Easy and delicious! (You don't need the perfect poultry setting on your oven....set to 350 for about an hour and a half and you should be fine).
Younger daughter said she smelled it as she drove up the driveway. Older daughter is eating as I type this (she works long shifts) and has pronounced it moist and delicious two hours after it was first served.
Going online now to pre-order some free range chicken from Hillacres Pride (my farmer's market meat and cheese purveyors) for next week!