This is the best way to cook a whole chicken that roasts up super juicy with crisp, golden skin. It's simply seasoned, but packs in so much flavor. —James Schend, Taste of Home Food Editor
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VERIFIED BY Taste of Home Test Kitchen
- 1 broiler/fryer chicken (4 to 5 pounds)
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- Minced fresh thyme or rosemary, optional
- Rub outside of chicken with salt and pepper. Transfer chicken to a rack in a rimmed baking sheet. Refrigerate, uncovered, overnight.
- Preheat oven to 450°. Remove chicken from refrigerator while oven heats. Heat a 12-in. cast-iron or ovenproof skillet in the oven for 15 minutes.
- Place chicken on a work surface, neck side down. Cut through skin where legs connect to body. Press thighs down so joints pop and legs lie flat.
- Carefully place chicken, breast side up, into hot skillet; press legs down so they lie flat on bottom of pan. Brush with oil. Roast until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 170°-175°, 35-40 minutes. Remove chicken from oven; let stand 10 minutes before carving. If desired, top with herbs before serving. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Mom's Roast Chicken in Taste of Home April/May 2018