Jamie and I love to watch the cooking competition shows (like Top Chef, Hell’s Kitchen, Chopped, Master Chef) and on one episode of Top Chef, Emeril (a judge at the time) cooked a whole chicken and he rubbed the herbs under the skin. I thought this was so cool and told Jamie that I was going to try it. Then a couple weeks later I was at working thinking about what I was going to cook for dinner and all of a sudden – I knew I had to try it.
I researched different ways that people were stuffing they’re chicken and chicken skin – Beer Can Chicken looked awesome, but that’s a story for another day. I didn’t use a specific recipe – I ended up pulling different things from a couple recipes and making my own version. (always turns out better) On my way home from work I went to the store and bought my first 5lb. chicken and assorted veggies (leeks, potatoes, carrots) to lay in the bottom of the pan. My fiance and I are the only ones in the house, but luckily his business partner was over. I told them I was going to cook a whole chicken and I needed them to eat it. Of course, no problem.