I totally support Jamie Oliver's "Ministry of Food". In case you haven't heard about this campaign, this is basically about inspiring people who used to cook or have never cooked before to get into their kitchens and make simple and delicious food from scratch. Once you've mastered a recipe, you'd teach it to two more people and then ask them to teach it to someone else, he called it "Pass it On".
So, my friend, if your family dinner has been cursed by those fast-food chains for ages just because you barely cook, I'm now passing it on this super easy recipe hoping that you could give your family a break for just one day a week.
1 whole chicken (about 3 lbs)
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges
4 springs rosemary
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbsp unsalted butter, soften
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 tsp cornstarch (dissolved with 2 tbsp warm water)
Heat oven to 450F. Remove giblets and liver from cavity, discard. Let chicken rest at room temperature for an hour.
Trim excess fat from cavity. Rinse chicken thoroughly under cold water, inside and out, then pat as dry as possible all over the cavity and the skin.
Season cavity with salt and pepper, then stuff with lemon, rosemary and garlic.
Rub skin with 2 tbsp soften butter. Season all over generously with salt and pepper.
Place chicken in a large ovenproof skillet. Roast until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165F, about an hour. Transfer chicken to a platter, let rest for 15 mins before carving.
To prepare gravy, discard fat from juice in the skillet. Place pan over medium high heat. Pour in wine and broth to deglaze pan, scraping up browned bits with a wooden spoon.
Cook until reduced by half, add cornstarch mixture to thicken. Pour through a fine sieve into a serve bowl.
Serve chicken with gravy.