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Easiest Roast Chicken

Easiest Roast Chicken

This is our favorite way to roast a chicken and all you need is the chicken, salt, and pepper. 

Sunset DECEMBER 2007

  • Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 6- to 8-lb. chicken, giblets and lumps of fat removed
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 425°. Rinse bird well inside and out; pat dry. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.

2. Set bird, breast side up, on a V-shaped rack in an 11- by 17-in. pan. Roast until a thermometer inserted through thickest part of breast to bone reaches 170° (or 180° through thickest part of thigh at joint), 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 hours. If drippings start to smoke, tilt pan and skim fat (discard), then add about 1/4 cup water to pan.

3. Insert a carving fork into body cavity, piercing carcass; lift bird and tilt to drain juices into pan (save for gravy if you like). Let chicken rest in a warm place for about 15 minutes, then serve.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 392
  • Calories from fat: 55%
  • Protein: 42g
  • Fat: 24g
  • Saturated fat: 6.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 0.0g
  • Fiber: 0.0g
  • Sodium: 128mg
  • Cholesterol: 134mg
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