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A good roasted chicken is like a little black dress--always appropriate and very versatile.

Recipe by Southern Living January 2009

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prep:
10 mins
cook:
1 hr 30 mins
stand:
10 mins
total:
1 hr 50 mins
Yield:
Makes 8 servings
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375°. Stir together salt and pepper.

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  • If applicable, remove necks and giblets from chickens, and reserve for another use. Pat chickens dry. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp. salt mixture inside cavity of each chicken. Rub 1 1/2 tsp. olive oil into skin of each chicken. Sprinkle with remaining salt mixture; rub into skin. Place chickens, breast sides up, facing in opposite directions (for even browning), on a lightly greased wire rack in a lightly greased 17- x 12-inch jelly-roll pan.

  • Bake at 375° for 1 1/2 hours or until a meat thermometer inserted in thigh registers 180°. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

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