Roast Chicken

  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30min
  • Persons: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Ingredients
  • One 2-3 pound farm-raised chicken, or organic chicken with not preservatives, e
  • salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, optional
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme or fresh rosemary, chopped
  • Butter, unsalted
  1. Instructions
  2. Preheat oven to 450F and cover a roasting pan with foil.
  3. Rinse and thoroughly dry chicken with paper towels, inside and out. The goal is to have as little steam as possible.
  4. Salt and pepper the chicken inside the cavities and under the wings.
  5. Truss the bird to ensure it cooks evenly, the wings and legs don’t burn and the breasts are semi-covered and will not dry out as quickly.
  6. Salt and pepper the chicken with a nice, liberal sprinkle. This will result with a crispier and more flavorful skin.
  7. If using paprika, sprinkle it on now.
  8. Place prepared chicken, breast side up, in the middle of a roasting rack that has been placed in the roasting pan. Using a roasting rack ensures the chicken will cook evenly and won’t stick to the pan.
  9. Do not baste the bird or open the oven door until 60 minutes have passed.
  10. After 60 minutes, test the internal temperature in the thickest part of the thigh.
  11. The chicken is done when internal temperature reads 170-175F.
  12. Keep in mind, chicken breasts cook more quickly than thighs.
  13. Turn off oven, remove chicken from oven and transfer it to a cutting board to rest 15 minutes. Do NOT touch for 15 minutes. Let the chicken rest to allow the juices the chance to soak into the meat instead of ending up on the cutting board.
  14. While the chicken is resting, remove and discard any gelatinous fat from the roasting pan. Remove the foil, but let the chicken drippings to drip back into the pan. Add ¼ cup unsalted butter and herbs to pan drippings, stir well and place the pan back into the oven to let the herb butter mingle a few minutes.
  15. After chicken has rested, cut it into serving pieces and serve with the warm herb butter.
  16. Enjoy!