I started by washing and drying large roasting whole chicken and then drying it completely. Then a spice rub with a little heat. Then roasted with a Cooks Illustrated method that I used before.
Notes: This will work with any size whole chicken. I had a huge 6+ pounder. The important part is the end points of turning off the oven and taking it out of the oven. Also ANY TIME you want crispy chicken you must wash and dry the chicken.
Let set for 10 minutes before cutting.
- 1 Whole chicken 4-6 pounds
- 1 T oil
- 4 t kosher salt
- 1 t pepper
- 1 t garlic powder
- 1 t onion powder
- 1 t thyme
- 1 t sugar
- 2 t paprika
- 1/2 t cayenne pepper
1) Preheat oven to 450 degrees with a 12 inch cast iron pan coated with 1 T of oil in the oven. Wash the chicken under running water and trim of any excess skin and fat. Pat dry the chicken. Tie legs together with twine.2) Mix the rub: 4 tsp kosher salt, 1 tsp each of pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme and sugar. 2 t paprika and 1/2 t cayenne pepper.3) Rub the spice mixture in the skin4) Transfer to your preheated pan. Let roast until breast temp is 120-125 and thigh is 135. For my 6 lb. bird that was 55 minutes. A 5 lb bird would be 35-40 minutes and for a 4 lb. bird this would be more like 25 minutes. The end point is important not the time.5) Turn OFF oven and let set in hot oven until breast temp is 160 and thigh is 175. About 25 minutes. Let set for 10 minutes before serving.
DetailsPrep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 Roasted Chicken