Whole chicken roasts are the reason why the oven bags were first invented in the mid 1960s. I am so glad that they did because cooking without one is never juicy or tasty enough for me. This is something that we cook often at our place. Chicken in a bag is a delicious meal on the table that can easily feed a family of four with some side dishes. Get a bigger oven bag, preferably turkey size, and cook two of them side by side if you are expecting a large company for the dinner. It is a perfect family dinner that you can prepare effortlessly. And if you add some lemon like I do, then you are in for a treat.
Oven Bag Recipe for Whole Chicken Roast with Lemon Rub
Every inquisitive cook has a passion for certain ingredients on certain meal types. Lemon is my acidic tenderizer when it comes to tough meat. I tend to use it on chicken breast and beef briskets regularly; it is one of my all-time classics. If you want to soften the fillets and add incredible flavor, then I suggest you give it a try. Just be careful, because it is addictive. I developed a passion for an avid blend of fresh lemon juice, ground ginger, and saffron over the years that I cannot cook any chicken without them anymore.
True Liberty oven bags (go to Amazon) allow me to marinade the chicken in them, and then keep in the fridge for 6-8 hours before cooking. Learn more on various different oven bags, and select the right one depending on the meat you are cooking. The following recipe is a straight cooking method without any marinating in the fridge. However, if you have time, then I suggest to put it in the fridge for about two hours before you start cooking.
Here is the chicken in oven bag recipe:
- 1 medium sized chicken
- 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
- 4 tablespoons of virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lime
- ½ cup of plain yogurt
- ½ cup of chopped fresh parsley
- 2-3 garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon of ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon of ground saffron
- 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary
- 1 teaspoon of dry mint
- 1 teaspoon of dry thyme
- 4 large potatoes cut into large cubes
- Sea salt
- 1 large size lemon
- 1-2 tablespoons of salt
- Dry up the skin thoroughly with paper towel. Blot the breast area well.
- Preheat the oven to 450°
- Make thin slashes on the chicken with a sharp knife. Go about half an inch deep into the meat. Try not to damage the skin around the breast area.
- Cut the lemon in half and sprinkle salt on both sides.
- Wipe the salted lemons all over the chicken, squeezing gently.
- Brush the skin with olive oil.
- Sprinkle sea-salt generously all over the meat.
- Add the tomato paste in to the yogurt in a small bowl and mix well with a tablespoon.
- Add the freshly squeezed lime and lemon juice to the yogurt mix.
- Add all the rest of the ingredients into the yogurt mix except for the potatoes and garlic cloves.
- Coat the chicken with a thin layer of yogurt mix using a spatula.
- Now it is time to put the chicken into the oven bag. I use special chicken bags from True Liberty. They come in 100 count which is great since you can also use these for freezing your veggies and fruits.
- Place the chicken inside the oven bag and throw in the potatoes and garlic cloves. Seal it with the bag tie. Pierce only one tiny hole on top of the bag.
- Cook at 450°F for 15 minutes and then drop the temperature to 350° The meat temperature should show 165°F (75°C) when the chicken is ready.
Does Chicken Cook Faster in a Bag?
Absolutely! The chicken cooks much faster when placed in an oven bag. However, quick cooking is not the only benefit you get; the meat basically falls off the bone and comes out more tender and juicier. Anything you cook in an oven bag will have improved flavor since it locks in the moisture and aroma inside while cooking.
What Temperature do You Cook Chicken in a Bag?
Preheat the oven to 450°F. Place the whole chicken inside the oven bag. Seal it with the enclosed bag tie. Poke a hole on top of the bag near the center. Place the chicken in bag and put it on the rack or pan. Cook at 450°F for 15 minutes, and then drop the temperature to 350°F (180°C). It takes around 40 minutes in the roaster oven, and 1 hour 20 minutes in regular conventional oven.
Oven bags allow you to cook pro level meals in your kitchen fast and easy. They keep the moisture inside while cooking, and also improve the meat’s flavor with its own juices. Roasting chicken in an oven bag makes perfect dinner. And if you cook it in a roaster oven, then it becomes a festive meal. Make sure you use the right oven bag for the meat you are planning to cook since they come in various forms and sizes. They have different characteristics to accommodate different needs.