This is such an EASY recipe with very little ingredients and it's super delicious!
- 1 Whole chicken
- Unsalted butter
Preheat the oven to 400°F (if you have an iron skillet, leave it in the oven as the oven heats). Rinse the chicken, then pat dry it very well with paper towels, inside and out.
Salt and pepper the cavity of the chicken and add a slice of butter to spread around the cavity (about 1-2 tbsp of butter). Then truss the chicken. Trussing a chicken is actually pretty easy. Below are some youtube videos I found on how to truss a chicken with and without twine. I find these VERY helpful! Not only does trussing look amazing, but it helps the chicken cook evenly.
Once you're finished trussing, salt the entire chicken -- be generous with the amount. I like to sprinkle salt all over so that it's nice and even. This will make it yummy and crispy! Season to taste with pepper.
Cut thin slices of butter and tuck it between the legs and wings. I also like to just lay a few slices on top of the chicken as well. Take out your iron skillet OR roasting pan and place the chicken gently onto the pan. Put it in the oven and don't touch it! It should take about 1hr - 1 1/2 to roast in the oven (again, it depends on how big your chicken is).
Take out the chicken and baste it with the juices. Don't start cutting immediately. Let it rest for about 15 minutes. Then start cutting off the twine if you used it to truss your chicken.
J.D. loves this recipe and I hope you do too! It's easy to do and doesn't cost you a fortune to make. You could also add any herbs you would like and be creative with it. Enjoy!
Did you try this recipe or have some other tips and advice? Please share!