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Roast Rooster Adobo

We love our roast chickens over right here. My husband and I’ve been having them since we had been newly married and our kitchen was a tiny galley-type in our first condo. We now have two kids and a barely larger kitchen (emphasis on the marginally) and our love for good previous roast rooster continues. Now my kids wait patiently (typically not too patiently) for me to take the rooster out of the oven…and I minimize alternative bits to pop into their ready mouths and palms…and am endlessly thrilled once they approve.

We have now, in actual fact, only in the near past graduated from a one-chicken household to a two-chicken household! Sure, the one roast is now not sufficient for us 4…and naturally, there should be leftovers for lunch the subsequent day! And if I’m fortunate, just a little bit extra to scrape collectively some rooster salad unfold (which I like). The carcass then will get tucked away into the freezer for future rooster inventory.

There may be at all times one thing so satisfying, and even celebratory, about bringing an entire roast rooster to the desk. Sweat on forehead, palms in oven mitts firmly holding the baking dish, triumphant smile as you see eyes gentle up…

“Dinner’s on!” “Make area! Make area!” “Cautious, it’s sizzling!” “Mmmm! Smells good!” “I desire a leg!”

These are the reminiscences I preserve with me and I hope my kids preserve with them.

I bear in mind my mom making rooster at residence after I was a baby. Whether or not complete, or in items, I may at all times see the acquainted Magnolia wrapper in our freezer (in addition to all their ice cream! Does anybody bear in mind taste of the month??). Do you know that their chickens are freed from hormones and steroids? I actually didn’t know this after I was youthful (and crammed with hormones myself…wait, did I simply say that???) however as a mother these items turn out to be extra necessary. Not that I can say that our lives are completely all-natural freed from the odd chemical…however I do my greatest to hunt out choices which are higher for us (and the remainder I simply select to not really feel responsible about).

So. Anyway. After they approached me to do one thing for them, the wheels in my mind instantly began turning. Do I do one thing previous and acquainted? Or one thing new and totally different?

I made a decision to perform a little of each…turning our beloved adobo right into a basic roast rooster, and nonetheless retaining all the things we love about consuming adobo.

The thought right here was to have the rooster adobo-flavored, however dry-heat-cooked like a standard roast, BUT even have a sauce to take pleasure in with rice as with common adobo. I used all the standard flavors of adobo right here (soy, vinegar, black pepper, garlic, bay) however utilized them in several methods and at totally different phases of pre-cooking/cooking. And what you get is that this rooster.

Roast Rooster Adobo


  • 6 cups water
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons vinegar (I used sukang sasa)
  • 6-8 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tablespoon black peppercorns

Pan sauce/Baste:

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons kecap manis (candy soy sauce)
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • Beneficiant grindings of freshly cracked black pepper


  • 1 complete Magnolia rooster
  • 4-5 complete heads of garlic, unpeeled and sliced in half on the equator
  • 10-12 small pink onions, peeled and halved
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • Canola oil (or any mildly flavored vegetable oil), for basting

– The night time earlier than you propose to prepare dinner, brine your rooster: mix brine components in a deep bowl or plastic container that may match each the brine and the rooster. Combine effectively and let sugar dissolve. I do that whereas the rooster defrosts. I place the brine within the fridge to maintain it chilly and by the point the rooster is defrosted the sugar is dissolved. May additionally be price mentioning right here that I solely use water that I might use to drink (so on this nation’s case, meaning no faucet water). When the rooster is defrosted, pat effectively with a paper towel and submerge into the brine. I place the rooster within the brine last item at night time, proper earlier than I’m going to mattress.
– Whenever you get up the subsequent morning take away the rooster from the brine and pat dry. Proceed with recipe or, if you’re cooking the rooster later within the day, retailer it within the fridge.  Discard brine.
– Combine all of the components for the pan sauce/baste completely. Put aside.
– Stuff your rooster with 2-3 garlic head halves, 2-3 onion halves, 1 bay leaf, and 1 teaspoon black peppercorns. Tie the legs along with a kitchen twine.
– Place the rooster in a baking dish and encompass with the remainder of the garlic, onions, and bay leaves. Crack black pepper over all the things.
– Pour about half of your pan sauce over the rooster. Shake the pan a bit so the sauce is evenly distributed. Save the remaining sauce for basting.
– Place the rooster in a pre-heated 400F oven and roast for 1 hour 20 minutes to 1 hour half-hour, or till rooster is finished (when juices run clear if pierced within the thigh close to the bone…examine tip beneath for absolutely cooked thighs***!). Whereas the rooster is roasting, baste it 3-4 instances with the oil and reserved sauce. This can assist infuse much more taste, preserve it most, and provides it a beautiful bronze colour. I wish to baste the onions and garlic as effectively whereas I’m at it.
– When the rooster is finished, let it relaxation for quarter-hour earlier than carving. Serve with the pan juices and roasted onions and garlic.

Tip***: If it’s been an hour and a half already, and there may be nonetheless a little bit of blood within the thigh juices, I wish to splay the rooster. Lower the thighs away from the physique, simply sufficient so the leg and thighs unfold open, however not sufficient to totally detach them from the physique. Pop it again within the oven and prepare dinner only a bit longer till the thigh is cooked by way of. With the legs unfold open like this, it is not going to take lengthy. This permits your thighs to prepare dinner quicker with out overcooking the breast. This isn’t the prettiest factor so if presentation is a priority then skip this and simply prepare dinner till juices run clear. Or carve the rooster earlier than serving so nobody is the wiser.

This looks like a protracted and sophisticated recipe however it’s, in actual fact, nothing of the kind. The brine is tremendous simple to throw collectively after which all it’s essential to do is plonk the rooster within the night time earlier than. The subsequent day it’s only a matter of stuffing fowl and pan with the very merely minimize (simply halved all!) veg. The pan sauce can also be a breeze to place collectively…combine, pour, and baste.

That is my first time to brine a rooster and I’m now a covert! I’m likewise loving this mix of brining and basting. Brining infuses the rooster with taste and in addition retains is moist. So does basting. Doing each, doubles your possibilities of a scrumptious, tender, and juicy roast rooster. And I’m at all times one to hedge my bets when in a position.

For this adobo roast I needed each the brine and the roast itself to have adobo flavors. I tailored my brine from this one by Trissalicious. I then made a pan sauce primarily based by myself adobo recipes. The rooster absorbs the flavour from the brine and the basting, and a scrumptious sauce develops when your adobo-pan-sauce combines with the rooster juices throughout roasting. The onions and garlic go candy and mushy within the oven, and are scrumptious mashed into your rice after you’ve generously spooned on some sauce. That is nice with some atsara or any kind of native pickle (right here I’ve served it with ampalaya pickle, however I believe some pickled labanos can be nice too).

You probably have leftovers, shred the meat and fry it together with a number of the leftover garlic and pan sauce to make adobo flakes. You’ll be able to have this with garlic-fried rice and a fried egg for breakfast, when you reminisce the fantastic rooster dinner you had the night time earlier than.

What’s your favourite roast rooster reminiscence? What are your foolproof roast rooster ideas? I’d love to listen to them!



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