This is another classic meal enjoyed by countless generations. To some, it might be a simple dish, but to others, it’s a reminder of home. There is just something about a good roast chicken that reminds you of family, love and festival seasons.
Most of us enjoy our roast chicken with a side of mashed potatoes, coleslaw and even a bowl of fragrant rice. No matter what you pair it with, it will be a hearty dish that is enough to satisfy your family and friends!
The Story of Roast Chicken
Roast chicken has been a great dish enjoyed by families for centuries, and while different cultures prompted different recipes, the heart of the meal remains the same – a whole chicken that is either roasted in a home kitchen or on a rotisserie, also known as a rotary spit.
In the UK and Ireland, they often have roast chicken as a Sunday meal with the family, also known as the Sunday Roast. In the UK, a Sunday roast is served with a side of Yorkshire pudding, chicken stuffing, mint sauce and gravy while the Irish serve their roast chicken with potatoes, vegetables and gravy.
In the United States, roast chicken is often served during celebrations like Christmas or Easter. Generally, a whole chicken is prepped and filled with stuffing before roasting it in the oven. It is then served with mashed potatoes or fries, vegetables, pasta and gravy. Some might even serve it with dinner biscuits.
The rotisserie chicken only started in 1946 in Mexico. A corner store owner by the name of Gutenberg Melchor Ocampo from Colonia Anzures made the discovery when he was looking for a way to cook his chicken evenly in a shorter time.
The rotisserie allowed him to cook about 3 to 6 chickens at a time. By the 20th century, roast chicken became a family favourite, and by the 70s, you can pretty much see a rotisserie on every street in Mexico.
The Nutrition Content of a Roast Chicken
Fitness enthusiast will tell you that the chicken is the best source of protein as it has a lower fat percentage compared to meat or pork.
In fact, a serving of roast chicken of about 100 g only contains 165 calories, if you get the chicken breast and about 209 calories if you get the chicken thighs. Most of the sides that go with roast chicken are also rich with nutrients that are good for your body.
Roasted vegetables are a good source of vitamins and minerals, and it can also aid with your digestion, whereas potatoes are a good source of carbohydrate.
Where to Get the best Roast Chicken in KL
Whether it’s for a family gathering or as a nostalgic trip to remind you of home, there are plenty of places in KL that serves roast chicken. However for a meal that will not disappoint head over to The Daily Grind in Bangsar Village and try their Rosemary & Lemon Roasted Chicken served with sautéed potatoes and romaine lettuce.
The best part is, you can also have this hearty meal delivered to you via the foodpanda app. Visit foodpanda to learn more about western dishes across the world.