For weeks on end, every time I visited Kroger, they were out of chicken breasts. Y’all, chicken makes up like, 65% of our diets. This could not stand.
So when whole chickens were on sale, I took a chance. Because it was cheap and I was craving white meat. I had never cooked a whole chicken before, but I had made turkey, goose, and duck, so I did not think I would run a foul when cooking this new fowl.
See what I did there?
Poultry jokes aside, cooking the whole chicken was exactly as easy as I hoped it would be. It’s less involved than duck and goose, and less time consuming than turkey. You can dress it up with a variety of spices, making a Cajun Chicken or a Mexican Chicken or a classic Herb Roasted Chicken. The best part, it makes enough chicken for several meals, saving you cooking time later in the week.
- 1 Whole Chicken (3-5 lbs), making sure the gizzards etc are out of the inside cavity
- 2 tbsp butter, softened
- 1 tbsp your favorite spice mix (I used 1 tsp garlic, 1 tsp rosemary, 1 tsp smoked paprika for a simple flavor profile)
*If your chicken is on the larger side, you can add 1 tbsp of butter and more spice to your preference.
- A baking sheet
- A cooling rack (to go atop your baking sheet)
- A small bowl (for the butter)
- A fork
Preheat oven to 400F.
Mix your spices into your softened butter with a fork.
Using your hands, separate the skin slightly from the meat of the chicken.
Still using your hands, rub the spice mutter mixture UNDER the skin, directly on the meat. Do this for the entire bird, including the inside cavity.
Place inside oven.
Cook for 15 minutes at 400F.
Lower temperature to 375F after 15 minutes. Cook bird for 30 more minutes. You may have to cook for 45 minutes, depending on the size of your bird and/or oven heat.
Let sit for 15 minutes, while you admire what an excellent job you did.
Plate and serve for carving.
And that’s it! This was so delicious, easy and cost effective, I really can’t believe I had never done it before. It’s a great idea to bring to a potluck or when you’re having people over because it looks very impressive. My three year old flounced by and proclaimed, “Ohhhh, fancy dinner.” Serve with veggies, potatoes, or your favorite side.
Are you a big roast chicken fan? What’s your favorite way to prepare it? Did you try this recipe? Let me know all your culinary thoughts in the comments!
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