The Art of Vertical Roasted Chicken

When it comes to roasting chicken, there’s a method that takes your culinary experience to the next level: vertical roasting. This technique ensures even cooking on all sides, resulting in a perfectly juicy interior and a golden brown, crispy skin. And to top it all off, a garlic spread adds an extra burst of flavor to this mouthwatering dish.

The Secret to Perfectly Roasted Chicken

One popular method for vertical roasting is the Russian/Belarusian recipe known as “Chicken on a Can” or “Курица на Банке.” Traditionally, a whole chicken is placed on top of a small jar and roasted upright until it turns golden brown all around. In America, this technique is often referred to as “Beer Can Chicken,” as the chicken is roasted or grilled while perched on top of a beer can.

Three Ways to Achieve Vertical Roasting

To achieve the vertical position necessary for this cooking method, you have a few options:

  1. Bundt Pan: Place the chicken cavity over the center of a bundt pan. The shape of the pan perfectly supports the chicken, ensuring it remains upright during roasting.

  2. Jar or Can: Instead of using a beer can, you can opt for a small jar filled with water or broth. This not only helps prevent the jar from cracking but also infuses the chicken with added flavor as it roasts. Alternatively, using a can of beer and following the same method works just as well.

  3. Vertical Roaster: Some kitchen gadgets are specifically designed for vertical roasting. While they can be convenient, if you prefer multipurpose tools, the previous options offer more versatility.

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How to Achieve the Perfect Roast

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and make sure the oven rack is in the lowest position. Place the chicken on the chosen support (bundt pan, jar, or can) on top of a rimmed baking sheet. Carefully transfer it to the preheated oven and roast for approximately 1 1/2 hours, adjusting the cooking time depending on the size of your chicken. To ensure the chicken is cooked thoroughly, use an instant-read thermometer to check that the breast temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit and the thigh meat reaches 175 degrees Fahrenheit at the center.

Adding Garlic for an Extra Kick

While it may be tempting to add minced garlic to the chicken from the start, it’s best to wait until the end to prevent the garlic from burning and becoming bitter. Simply spread minced garlic all over the chicken during the last few minutes of roasting for a burst of flavor that complements the succulent meat.

Serving Your Vertical Roasted Chicken

Once your chicken is cooked through and boasts a mouthwatering golden brown exterior, remove it from the oven and let it rest for approximately 15 minutes before slicing and serving. It’s important to remove the chicken from its support before plating it. If the chicken wings start to turn too brown, cover them with aluminum foil to prevent the tips from burning.

With this vertical roasting technique, you can achieve restaurant-quality chicken with ease. So why not explore the world of vertical roasting and impress your guests with a perfectly cooked, flavor-packed chicken? For more barbecue inspiration and mouthwatering recipes, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ.

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