Roast Chicken & Mad Men

Trudy's Roast Chicken

I want there to be no peasant in my kingdom so poor that he cannot have a chicken in his pot every Sunday.
Henry IV

Did you know?  “Chicken in Every Pot” is a quotation that is perhaps one of the most misassigned in American political history. Variously attributed to each of four presidents serving between 1920 and 1936, it is most often associated with Herbert Hoover. In fact, the phrase has its origins in seventeenth century France; Henry IV.

Anyway on to Trudy’s roasted chicken with cornbread stuffing for Pete who didn’t give a chicken cluck about dinner and tossed if off the balcony of the high-rise they were living in.  Nice guy!

Lovely Crabmeat Mimosa ~ adapted from Jackie Kennedy’s recipe

Crabmeat Mimosa

Bloody Mary cocktail sauce and Greek yogurt stood in for the mayo and chili sauce

Avocado for Crabmeat Mimosa

Perfect for Sunday dinner with the Mad Men and Women, a low temp roasted 3-½ pound chicken prepped for roasting the night before.  Cleaned, patted dry and seasoned inside and out with salt & pepper, refrigerated uncovered overnight.  Just before roasting time I prepared a cornbread stuffing:  4 cups of cornbread (Pepperidge Farm) and seasoned it with additional thyme, marjoram, sage, and a little Bell’s seasoning.  Additionally, ½ cup each of finely diced celery, onion, and 1 minced clove of garlic, as for the liquid addition I used chicken broth and two tablespoons melted butter.  More than enough stuffing for a small chicken and little individual servings, baked on the side. 

Cornbread Stuffing

Stuff and truss the chicken, roast breast side down on a rack in a shallow roasting pan at 325° for 35 minutes rotating the pan at least twice ( I rotated the pan 3 times) for even browning.  Turn chicken breast side up and roast another 25 minutes or so, again turn pan for even browning, test with instant read thermometer if necessary.  My chicken took 55 minutes to roast.  Remove to platter and allow to rest for 10 minutes before carving.  Remove stuffing to serving bowl.  I very seldom stuff a chicken or a turkey and I remove the stuffing immediately to a serving bowl and keep warm when I do. 

Food-poultry safety questions and answers:  http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Factsheets/Stuffing_and_Food_Safety/index.asp#13