Several months ago Gwyneth Paltrow posted her video for roasting a chicken butterflied instead of uncut – a technique I have used often on the grill for chicken-under-a-brick. Poor Gwyneth has been the target of such derision as a result of this, because of her repeated references to organic chicken, farmer’s market, etc. etc. I am not Gwyneth Paltrow, but I do make a mighty fine butterflied chicken in the oven when grilling – like now – is definitely not an option. The Weber is still buried, and it’s snowing once again.
BUTTERFLIED ROAST CHICKEN WITH VEGETABLES
1 air-chilled chicken, about 5 lbs. (preferably Bell & Evans)
2 large carrots and 2 celery stalks peeled and cut on the bias into 3″ pieces
2 medium sweet onions, peeled and cut into quarters (keep the root end intact and they won’t fall apart)
4 somewhat-large red-skinned potatoes quartered
Dry white wine as needed
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, 2 heaping Tbsp Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp balsmic vinegar, 1/2 tbsp kosher salt, 1/2 tsp freshly ground black papper, 2 tbsp or so of finely chopped fresh rosemary & oregano, 2 minced garlic cloves
Remove wing tips and backbone from the chicken with poultry shears, and then cut a little way through the top underside of the breastbone so the chicken will lie flat when opened like a book.
Combine all marinade ingredients, spread a bit on the underside of the chicken, and then about half of the remainder all over the skin side.
Combine all the cut-up vegetables in a large bowl and toss with remainder of the marinade.
Lay the chicken skin side up in a roasting pan large enough to hold everything. Then surround it with the vegetables so it looks something like this:
Let come to room temperature and roast at 425 for about an hour, maybe 15 minutes more depending on size of your bird, occasionally splashing with a bit of dry white wine (even dry vermouth will do).
Ours was done in just under 1-1/4 hours and we brought it to table so quickly, I’m sorry to say there’s no photo of the finished product – so please visualize the raw bird above having become browned, slightly crisped on the skin, and the vegetables caramelized and soft.