Chicken is a lean white meat with a pretty low level of saturated fats, that is considered a healthier option than other types of meat such as pork, beef or lamb. Nowadays, due to its high degree of availability, chicken tends to be used for the preparation of various dishes all over the world. It is widely used in soups, salads, sandwiches and many other dishes. Roast Chicken is a popular choice on the menu of various restaurants from Chicago. In order to prepare this dish, the cooks use a special method, and namely - roasting.
Roasting is a cooking method that uses dry heat, whether an open flame, oven, or other heat source. Roasting usually causes caramelization or Maillard browning of the surface of the food, which is considered by some as a flavor enhancement. Roasting uses more indirect, diffused heat (as in an oven), and is suitable for slower cooking of meat in a larger, whole piece. When roasting the chicken, the cooks usually use a roasting pan, where they place the chicken after being rubbed with different spices. As this type of meat is very lean, it does not take a long time to roast it, comparing with other types of meat. The chicken is usually cooked for about 60 minutes, period of time needed for the meat to get tender. Roast Chicken is a great meal for dinner time and it goes great when served with a plate of steamed vegetables, rice or salad.
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Guide to preparing and roasting a whole chicken including roasting times, www.helpwithcooking.com
How to Roast a Chicken, www.ehow.com