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Roasted Chicken in a Bundt Pan

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Have you ever decided to spend just a couple of minutes on instagram before bed, and then somehow you are led down a rabbit hole of pictures and then realized it’s been 45 minutes and you’re staring at some weird pictures from a friend of a friend, and wonder what in the heck your friends are into?  And it’s way past your bedtime?  And you can’t unseen what you’ve just seen?  Darn you instagram, darn you!  Okay, I digress.  Anyways, if you’ve never experienced that, you’ve got much more self-control than I, and I applaud you for your efforts.  By the way, I’m working on weaning myself off of social media, especially before I start winding down in the evening and getting ready to go to sleep.  However, as a blogger, amateur photographer and social media coordinator for my gym, it’s proving to be somewhat difficult.

In addition to following my friends, fellow food bloggers, CrossFit related pages, manbunmonday (just look it up, trust me ladies you’ll thank me), and fashion, I also follow some more mainstream instagram pages like Food and Wine.  I love their pictures and short cooking video tips.  One of their more recent videos was a tutorial on how to roast chicken in a bundt pan.  After watching the video, I wondered how I had never heard of this cooking technique before.  I immediately set out to try it, and discovered that it’s a total game changer.  Now I’m excited to share this method for roasting chicken with you.

I’m sure some of you are wondering what could possibly be a benefit to roasting chicken in a tool meant for baking angel food cake?  Well, I’m here to rock your world.  Okay, may not exactly rock your world, but at least offset your center of balance with a slight breeze.

Roasting chicken in a bundt pan allows the skin to get crispy on all sides, leaving you with a crispy flaky skin on the outside and moist and tender meat on the inside.  Adding vegetables to the bundt pan makes this a one pot meal that’s easy to prep and cook.

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This chicken has gotten rave reviews, and people are pleasantly surprised by the text and flavor.  I’d love for you guys to try it out.  It may be become your new favorite way of roasting chicken.  I’d love to hear your experience in using this technique.  Please leave your results in the comments below!

Roasted Chicken in a Bundt Pan


Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 – 4 pound whole chicken, neck and giblets removed
  • 1 – 1 1/2 pounds new potatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons cooking fat (i.e., olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic (approximately 5 cloves)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Place the chicken on a paper lined plate and allow the chicken to come to room temperature, approximately 1 hour (this helps the chicken to cook evenly, and also helps the skin get even more crispy).
  3. 15 minutes before the chicken is ready, preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the thyme, oregano, basil, black pepper, paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper (if using), 1 1/2 teaspoon of salt (reserving 1/2 teaspoon salt), 3/4 teaspoon black pepper (reserving 1/4 teaspoon black pepper) minced garlic and cooking fat to form a smooth paste.
  5. In a medium size bowl add the quartered new potatoes and the roughly chopped onion.  Add 1 tablespoon of cooking fat, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper to the bowl and toss the vegetables to coat.
  6. Rub the spice paste all over the front and back of the chicken and underneath the skin as well, making sure that the entire chicken is fully coated.
  7. Cut the lemon in half and place the halves into the bird cavity.
  8. Place a bundt pan next to the chicken.  Take a sheet of foil, fold it in half, and cover the hole in the center of the bundt pan with the foil so that the juices from the bird don’t drip through the hole while the chicken is roasting in the oven.
  9. Here is where you have two options.  If you have a larger bundt pan, evenly distribute the vegetables in the bottom of the bundt pan.  Then place the chicken on top in the center of the bundt pan, making sure that the foil covering the center stays in place.  If you have a smaller bundt pan, place the chicken over the center of the bundt pan, with the chicken cavity over the middle piece so that the chicken is anchored.  Then evenly distribute the potatoes and onions around the bird.  Since a smaller bundt pan means a shorter center, you’ll need to place the chicken in the bundt pan before the vegetables or you may have difficulty keeping the bird upright.
  10. Place the bundt pan with the chicken in the oven, and roast for 75-90 minutes until the chicken is done (the chicken is done when the breast reaches and internal temperature of about 165 degrees  and the thighs reach an internal temperature of about 180 degrees).
  11. Remove chicken from oven and let rest for several minutes before cutting into it.  Serve the roasted chicken with the potatoes and onions.

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