Look. This is possibly the most I have ever researched a recipe. Ever. It is for that reason that I am certain that this dish will be the best chicken you have ever made. Ever.
Near our old apartment in the 15th there was a butcher that sold rotisserie chicken. Every day we would get off the metro, squeeze our way out of a cramped metro carriage only to be hit with the putrid smell of urine that clouds the station. Then we would run down the steps, push through the metal barriers to cross the road.
That’s when you got the faintest hint. As you cross the road the smell becomes stronger and in the distance you begin to see the chickens. Golden and crisp. Turning endlessly over beautifully glistening potatoes. Droplets of juice falling over the turning chickens, cascading down only to land on the potatoes below.
This shop was half way between home and the metro. It was torture. JB would come home desperate for chicken. One day I gave in. I surprised him with my first ever roast chicken.
First of all, it’s a lot easier to do than I originally thought. Secondly, the smell that fills your home as that chicken cooks is aggressively delicious. Finally, you’re guaranteed sandwiches and soup the day after. All this time, I had been too scared to make a dry chicken I had been missing out on the worlds most obvious fact. Making roast chicken at home is AWESOME.
So the roast chicken became part of my food rotation. Food rotation refers to the few dishes I cook over and over again. Roast chicken, ceviche, sugar cookies, lavender truffles, smashed avocado, mac n cheese etc.
When I decided to start writing recipes I knew this needed to be included and in what better section than France? After all it’s embodies what a French dish should be, simple but prepared in such a way that even the most humble ingredient can make you sing. So I set out to find the perfect chicken recipe. I read hundreds of recipes and technical skills sections in cookbooks. I watched videos and finally I got to cooking. Each week I would adjust something. Finally I ended up with this one. It’s juicy, tender, flavoursome and just oh so good.
It may seem like a lot of effort but it is worth every minute of waiting. I don’t know what else to say so here it is.