Lisa Vanderpump Relies on This ‘Heartwarming’ Recipe for Family Meals

Fans of Bravo know Lisa Vanderpump is an expert entertainer, on screen and off. She brought her charm to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and scored a spin-off about her work in the hospitality industry, Vanderpump Rules. So, who better to turn to for a favorite recipe when it’s time to cook a meal at home?

Here’s how to make a “heartwarming” meal her famous family loves.

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What you need to make a Lisa Vanderpump favorite

According to “Very Vanderpump” — a lifestyle website headed by Vanderpump and her daughter, Pandora Sabo — roast chicken is one of Vanderpump’s favorite “heartwarming” meals to make for her family.

Here’s what you’ll need to make her recipe for roast chicken:   

  • 1 roasting chicken — usually about 4-5 pounds 
  • 2 halved lemons
  • 1 quartered yellow onion 
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp. salted butter
  • Garlic salt
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup white wine as an optional recommendation from Very Vanderpump
  • Parsley or basil for optional garnish

Notably, roast vegetables — like multi-colored potatoes, carrots, and squash — complement the taste of the chicken, but they also add some color to the plate when serving.

Preparing Lisa Vanderpump’s roast chicken

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To start, preheat the oven to 350˚ and lightly grease a large roasting pan. Then, take out the giblets, wash the chicken thoroughly inside and out, and give it a gentle pat down to dry it. Next, lightly cover the inside cavity’s surface with olive oil, then salt and pepper the inside. For added flavor, Vanderpump uses garlic salt, too.  

Put the lemon halves, onion slices and garlic cloves inside the chicken in an alternating pattern. Tie the legs together with twine, place it in the pan and tuck the tips of the wings underneath it. Here, Vanderpump suggests using a wooden toothpick to hold the wings if they won’t stay tucked.

Salt and pepper the whole outside of the chicken, drip with olive oil, then sprinkle with garlic salt. Break butter up into small pieces and stick all over the chicken.

Now, cook for 20 minutes per pound of chicken, and then add 20 minutes. Occasionally, use the pan juices to baste it while it roasts. When the chicken is brown – usually about ¾ through total cook time – pour the wine over top, if desired.

When the cook time is up, you can cut into the area above the leg and see if the juices run clear to check if it’s done. But to be certain, use a thermometer to make sure the internal temperature is at least 165˚F.

Let it sit for 15 minutes before carving, and in the meantime, place the juices from the pan into a measuring cup. Then, separate the fat – you can just take it off the top with a spoon if you don’t have a separator – and pour the juice over the chicken.

Now that it’s ready to serve and enjoy, here are a couple of tips on what else might pair well with this Vanderpump favorite recipe.

2 ‘Very Vanderpump’ suggestions on what to have with the meal

“Very Vanderpump” has a recipe for Simple Autumn Fig Salad that’s a good consideration as a side with the meal. It’s “simple enough to serve alongside rich, heartwarming dishes” but stunning enough to be found on the menu at one of Vanderpump’s famous restaurants, Villa Blanca.

For a tasty dessert, think about adding some of Pandora’s Pumpkin Chocolate Walnut Cookies. They’re “chewy, doughy, chock-full-of-chocolate pumpkin cookies” perfect for fall holidays.

No matter what goes alongside it, Vanderpump’s roast chicken recipe is perfect for an easy-to-make meal at home anytime of the year.

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