Monday, September 17, 2012

Cooking for Company: Simple Roast Chicken

Nothing beats a well roasted chicken when you're having company over. If you're not big on cooking, but want to provide a nice, home-made meal for your guests, this post is for you! All you have to do is buy a chicken, season it, throw it in a pan, and let it cook! Talk about simple! Having cooked many chickens at this point in my life (we roast a whole chicken and leave the leftovers for sandwiches throughout the week and chicken salad and whatnot), I've developed a great rub to make the meat extra flavorful and moist and delicious. As usual, no sauce needed- just a good spice rub!

Now, the amounts of each spice that you will use depends entirely on the size of the chicken and how much spice you really want, so adjust accordingly!

Use a mix of: garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, paprika (very important to for color and crispiness), dehydrated onion and garlic flakes, chili powder or cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes for some added kick, and my secret weapon Chipotle seasoning

The secret to getting the flavor throughout is to cut slits underneath the skin of the chicken to get the spice rub underneath the skin. This way, even the breast meat and leg meat underneath get to absorb the flavors of the spices as they cook!

I roast my chicken on 375 for about an hour, but the cooking time depends entirely on the size of the chicken. If you're cooking an oven stuffer roaster, you will have to cook it much longer. Pin It

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