Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Whole Roasted Chicken

I've yet to host a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.  I usually make a pie or two but other than that, I pretty much just show up.
After making this chicken though, I am ready!  (Assuming that cooking chicken is the exact same as cooking turkey.)

Normally, I don't even like to cook meat that much.  It's not because I don't like to eat meat, but I don't like to clean it.  Poultry in particular.  I'm going to be upfront with you.  This recipe involves touching the chicken.  A lot.
That being said, it's totally worth it.  Really just the delicious smells coming from your oven make it worth it.  The perfectly cooked, super moist, crispy skinned dinner is a great bonus.

Seriously, if turkey is this easy, be prepared for the best Thanksgiving ever at my house!

1 2-3 lb. chicken
salt & pepper
1 Tbsp. fresh thyme

1.  Remove the wishbone from the chicken.

2.  Rinse and completely dry the chicken with paper towels (including the inside).

3.  Generously salt the bird inside and out.  Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper, then truss the chicken and place in a cast iron skillet.

4.  Cook at 450˚ for 50-60 minutes, or until the center of the breast is 165˚.  Remove from the oven and sprinkle the fresh thyme on top of the chicken.

5.  Baste with the juices in the bottom of the pan, then remove to a cutting board to let rest for 10 minutes.

6.  Serve the chicken on the bone with the skin attached.

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