Pollo Arrosto

25 Feb

One of my favorite things to buy at the market in Italy is the pollo arrosto, or roasted chicken.



Simply prepared and cooked on a rotating spit, it’s always crispy and delicious.



So yesterday, when the weather service issued a warning for Chicago, I thought, why not roast a chicken? Since I didn’t have a rotating spit, I decided to spatchcock my chicken, aka butterfly it.



I dressed it with a bit of olive oil and a bunch of herbs and put it on a v-shaped rack so that the entire chicken rested above the pan. I surrounded it with chopped onions, sweet potatoes, carrots, and green peppers, then let the whole thing sit uncovered in the frig for a few hours, supposedly to produce a crispier skin.

At 5pm, it went into a 325° oven and roasted slowly for two hours.



We kind of guessed from the wonderful aroma that filled the house that we were in for a treat, and yes, in fact, we were. Buon appetito!



Makes one almost wish it might snow again soon.



8 Responses to “Pollo Arrosto”

  1. jean February 25, 2016 at 4:07 PM #

    What a great recipe! I never thought of butterflying a chicken. And many thanks for the refridge crisping tip.
    I feel a bit guilty hoping you two will be snowed in again and come up with another terrific dish.

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  2. Hilary Martinez February 25, 2016 at 5:01 PM #

    Se ve delicioso Judy,
    Saludos a Len,
    Gustavo y Hilary

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Sandra February 25, 2016 at 5:16 PM #


    Sent from my iPad


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  4. Bill Capraro February 25, 2016 at 6:15 PM #

    wow looks great!!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Larsen, L R February 25, 2016 at 6:40 PM #

    The photography was appetizing and the aroma carried all the way to Washington
    I don’t think Len ever ate like that at Rimrock
    Woody could do a lot of things but not cook at that level
    Thank you for the Pictures
    Have a nice day

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    • blogginginitaly February 25, 2016 at 6:42 PM #

      Len said there was some great food at Rimrock, as well as some strong spirits to wash it all down!


  6. Loren February 26, 2016 at 8:18 AM #

    I’ll be over tonight for leftovers!

    Liked by 1 person

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