It can be used in an oven or a grill.

By Isadora Baum
August 01, 2020
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Cooking a roasted chicken just right can be tricky — the skin should be nice and crispy, while the meat is moist and tender. Too often, one is sacrificed for the other.

Vertical roasting pans can help. They sit the bird upright so the grill or oven's hot air circulates all around it, crisping the skin while the meat cooks.

But many vertical roasters are kind of flimsy, and birds have been known to fall over a time or two. There's also the issue of fat: While your chicken cooks, it drips off delicious, rich fat that's excellent if you can collect it for roasted vegetables, but messy if it just falls into the bottom of a grill or onto a sheet pan.

Now, however, there's a new roasting pan that's designed to answer all those dilemmas with a brilliant solution, one that actually turns your roasted chicken into a one-dish dinner the whole family will love.

Hammacher Schlemmer's Superior Vertical Chicken Roasting Pan is a clay roasting pan with a sturdy design that is made to hold a chicken up to 10 pounds. At the same time, the bottom wells of the pan hold chopped vegetables for roasting. With the size of the roasting pan, you can get a nice big roast chicken plus your sides for dinner tonight and a few days of leftovers. 

When using the roasting pan, it's best to keep the chicken inverted and placed over the pan's central spike. This stake helps evenly cook the chicken from the inside out, making sure there's zero undercooked chicken on the inside. It also cooks the chicken faster so the meat along the outside won't be dry while the inner meat comes to temperature.

Also, the oven's heat circulates around the bird without needing to turn it, so you get the dark and white meat to cook evenly (no need to truss), and the juices are able to efficiently baste the breast, too.

And for the best part, you can roast your side dish at the same time.The chicken roasting pan's eight-cup capacity provides a nice amount of room for some easy sides to go with the chicken, such as roasted potatoes or vegetables. The dripping chicken fat adds rich flavor and helps ensure the side dishes are beautifully toasted and tender. 

The roaster is dishwasher-safe once cooled, for easy clean up. And that's always the best gift after cooking up a meal, right? You put the pan it into the washer, press start, and sit down to relax, thankful for one of the easiest, most delicious meals you can make.

The Superior Vertical Chicken Roasting Pan
Credit: Hammacher Schlemmer

Buy it: $80; Hammacher.com