i have to 1.1 kg chickens and want to roast them at the same time, does this affect the cooking time? (recipe:The best roast chicken with pan sauce)

Julia
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  • November 22, 2016
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Cook's S. November 22, 2016
Hi, Julia - I would highly recommend switching from a roasting pan to a wire rack set into a rimmed baking sheet for 2 birds. That will guarantee plenty of good air circulation around both birds. In general roasting pans shield the sides of a small chicken too much.

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caninechef November 22, 2016
I assume this is the recipe you are referring to? https://food52.com/recipes/24217-the-best-roast-chicken-with-garlic-and-herb-pan-sauce

The chickens you are using are a bit smaller than what is called for in the recipe so normally I would say that as long as there is plenty of room for air circulation between them the cooking time would not be affected by the fact there are 2 birds. If anything since they are smaller I would think you would need to check them sooner, not later.

However the recipe calls for a snug fit in the pan which creates a dilemma. If the 2 birds are snug together, cooking time will be effected and part of each bird likely to be unappealing. If they are spaced out then I assume you loose the benefit that snugness imparts. I think only by having the 2 birds, each snug in its own vessel would you be duplicating the conditions. Then you would just need to adjust for the smaller size of the birds.
 
Kenzi W. November 22, 2016
Hi Julia—you should be fine to proceed with normal cooking time!
 
Julia November 22, 2016
It shoudl have read two not to :-)
 
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