Savory chicken, roasted whole in a large cast iron pan, surrounded by carrots and garlic, and stuffed with lemon and thyme.
- Whole fryer chicken, 3 1/2 to 4 pounds, preferably organic or kosher, wingtips removed
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 lemon, sliced in half
- 1 bunch fresh thyme
- 10 cloves garlic, peeled
- 8 carrots, peeled, trimmed and halved crosswise
- 1 to 1½ cups chicken stock
- 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
1 Preheat oven to 425°F. Rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towels. Season well with salt and pepper. Stuff with lemon, thyme and half of the garlic, then, using butcher's string, secure the wings and legs to the body.
2 Place chicken in a small roasting pan or large, deep, oven-proof heavy skillet. Surround with the carrots and remaining garlic, then add 1 cup of the chicken stock. Drizzle with olive oil.
3 Roast the chicken for 15minutes at 425°F. If you have a convection oven, you can reduce the heat to 375°F for the remaining time (otherwise, just keep it at 425°F). Roast until chicken is golden and carrots are well caramelized, 1¼ to 1½ hours; baste, with broth and pan juices every 15 minutes for the first 45 minutes. Add stock if pan looks dry.
4 Transfer chicken, carrots and garlic to a platter. Discard twine, thyme and lemon, and let chicken rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Skim fat from pan juices and discard. Add vinegar to remaining pan juices and serve over the chicken.
Yield: Serves 4.