I’m not going to take credit for this recipe. Heck, I can’t even take credit for making this dish, because my husband did everything from start to finish. And since he can follow a recipe, truss a bird and correctly use an oven, you could say I married well. (I will take credit for that.)
The secret to perfect whole roasted chicken really isn’t a secret at all. First, purchase a high quality whole chicken, such as Maple Leaf Prime Naturally Whole Chicken for a consistently tender and juicy taste.
Next, find a foolproof recipe. We faithfully use the same recipe over and over – Simple Whole Roasted Chicken from allrecipes.com. My compliments to Indriani, a home chef who shared the love. As its name suggests, it’s an easy recipe that, quite frankly, is hard to mess up. The combination of unique ingredients makes this dish delicious, and the aroma that permeates your home as the chicken roasts is enough to make you drool.
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon white sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 (4-5 pound) whole chicken
5 cloves garlic, crushed
In a bowl, mix the salt, sugar, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Rub the chicken with the mixture. Cover chicken, and place in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours.
Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Stuff the chicken cavity with the garlic. Place the chicken, breast side down, on a rack in a roasting pan.
Roast 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce heat to 450 degrees F, and continue roasting 15 minutes. Baste chicken with pan drippings, reduce heat to 425 degrees F and continue roasting 30 minutes, to an internal temperature of 180 degrees F. Let stand 20 minutes before serving.
Finally, find people you love and sit down to a comfortable meal. The pan drippings can be thickened into a gravy, and pair well with mashed potatoes or any root vegetable. And don’t forget your greens! Brussels sprouts or asparagus are welcome sides. And that’s it! Three steps to the perfect whole roasted chicken. Bon appetit!