Friday, February 21, 2014

Simple Roasted Chicken and Chicken Spring Rolls

adapted and tweaked from Bon Appetit March 2014

This recipe is so simple and oh sooooo good!

1 3-5 lb. roaster chicken
Butcher's twine
1 1/2 - 2 tbsps. kosher salt
1 tbsp. fresh ground pepper
1/2 garlic bulb
Fresh herbs (I used thyme, rosemary and sage)

Preheat oven to 400F degrees.

Here's my kosher salt and fresh ground pepper.  I combined them both in a ramekin.

Don't be afraid to rub the salt and pepper mixture all over the roaster chicken.  Put some inside the cavity too.

Place the garlic and fresh herbs into cavity.  Tie legs with butcher's twine.  Place on wire rack and cookie sheet.

Bake in oven for 1hr. 20 minutes or until golden brown and meat thermometer inserted in thickest area reads 165F degrees.

Isn't she a beaut??  Just wait until you sink your teeth into this baby but hold on, not quite yet.  Cover with some foil and let the roaster sit for about 10 minutes.
This was my plate, I love drumsticks.  I don't eat the skin most of the time but I couldn't help it with this baby.  Mercy!  She was juicy and deeeeelicious!!

Suffice to say, we had plenty of chicken left over, so this is what I did the following day.

I made some Chicken Spring Rolls

Here are the ingredients:
7-8 rice paper sheets (follow pkg. directions on how to use)
7  pieces of your favorite type of lettuce
1 cup cooked rice or soba noodles
1 cup cooked leftover chicken (warmed up in 3 tbsps. soy sauce, 1 tbsp. fresh ginger minced, 2 tsps. sesame oil - do not cook)
1/4 cup carrots, julienne
3 green onions, julienne
Peanut dipping sauce

Place on top of wet rice sheet starting with the lettuce, noodles, meat, carrots and green onions.  Fold over and roll.  Don't laugh at mine.  I need to work on my technique ;)

Dip into Peanut sauce and enjoy!!  Boy did I ever enjoy these.  I could live on the for the rest of my life!  No kidding!  They were so good,  I think I'll have more tomorrow :)

Have a GREAT weekend and don't forget to savor every moment.


  1. I made spring rolls too:)
    Your header is so nice..
    Love the YING YANG S and P too:)
    Chicken..what's not to love right?:)

    1. Mine don't probably look as good as yours, did you take a picture of yours? LOL! I didn't realize the S&P were YingYanged until you mentioned it! I took that picture of that lighhouse off of Lake Michigan when I was up there in January. Looks like we'll be making the move up there as soon as we can sell our house. We already put an offer on a house up there, so excited!

  2. There's nothing quite like the smell of a roasted chicken in the oven! Your Spring rolls look wonderful.

    1. You are so right Kitty, makes me want to cook another one! ;)

  3. Wow Bev, It looks like you are a wonderful cook, last weekend we make roast chicken too, similar recipe. But those spring roll look amazing, I love chinese food but it always seems like so much work with all the chopping. I'd need a lesson I think! But truth be told I like to bake better than cook, more fun. Hope you make it to Michigan soon, Laura

    1. Ahh, thank you Laura. I'm ready for some more Spring Rolls. I know then, we'll both learn a lot from each other. My brown thumb needs a lot of help! I really hope we're up in Michigan before this Summer. Looking forward to reading more of your blog! :)


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