Stand Up Chicken

24 Aug

Apparently this isn’t a thing. Or maybe it is a thing, but one that everyone isn’t clued in on? This is the way my parents make roast chicken, they even have a special metal dohickey for it. I went the lazy, cheap route and used a Nantucket Nectar (awesome juice that comes in glass bottles) bottle with the label taken  off.

A roast chicken is something everyone should feel comfortable making because it’s offensively easy. This one was on sale so this chicken cost me $4. Plus potatoes, onions and grape tomatoes, I think this whole meal still cost a total of about $10 and was actually about 4 meals.

Stand Up Chicken

  • A chicken. Mine was about 5lbs
  • A brownie sized roasting pan (something big enough to hold a chicken and have some extra space)
  • 3 potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 onion, I used a walla walla
  • 1 c grape or cherry tomatoes
  • lemon juice
  • olive oil
  • 4 Tablespoons Lawry’s seasoned salt
  • 3 teaspoons onion powder
  • 3 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Fill bottle about halfway with lemon juice and water. I’d say about half a lemon worth and a 1/4c of water. After thoroughly rinsing out the inside of the chicken and taking out any potential icky bits, awkwardly position the chicken so it’s being propped up with the bottle.

Rub chicken with olive oil. Combine spices together in a bowl, once mixed, rub spices into chicken. Place chopped up onions, potatoes and tomatoes in the bottom of the pan. Season them with extra spice mix.


Cook for an hour and a half at 400 degrees

If your chicken is notably bigger/smaller, it’ll obviously take a different amount of time to cook. It’s done when the skin is crispy and poking a knife into a serious hunk of meat (breast or thigh) shows clear juices.

Caaaaarefully remove chicken from glass bottle to carve.


Eat with cranberry sauce, or not.



2 Responses to “Stand Up Chicken”

  1. molly September 7, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    Hahahahah the awkward glass bottle is the best thing ever

    • Heather - Minimum Wage Hedonist September 7, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

      It super awkward to get out. Next time, we’re going to use a beer can, the shape and the whole thin metal cooling quickly thing might be super helpful.

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