Some believe roasted chicken comes with a handle. It does not.
Most people buy pre-roasted chicken because it’s convenient. There’s nothing wrong with convenience, but it just doesn’t taste very good. So, for the love, ditch the chicken with a handle and roast it at home! It tastes better, contains less salt, and contributes to your overall popularity because all the cool kids are doing it.
The chicken recipe below existed as a newspaper clipping from 15 or so years ago. I don’t know where it came from anymore, but it works every time.
Note: Follow the recipe exactly. I’m talking to you ninja recipe warriors who are eager to wield formidable recipe enhancing skills. Don’t do it. Not this time. In particular, size is important. The chicken must weigh between 3-4 lbs. I went ninja once using a large chicken because I was serving more than four people. It doesn’t work. If you need more meat, make two chickens.
Orange Roasted Chicken
3 to 4 pound whole chicken
1 – 2 tablespoons Kosher salt
1/2 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Rinse the chicken inside and out. Pat it dry inside and out with paper towels.
- Rub salt over the entire chicken and in the cavity.
- Use your fingers to loosen the skin over the breast and legs. Set the chicken aside.
- Combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl.
- Using your fingers, spread the orange juice mixture underneath the skin of the chicken, over the breast and legs. Reserve about 1 tablespoon of the mixture to spread on the outside of the chicken.
- Place the chicken on a roasting rack in a large pan.
- Roast the chicken in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.
- Reduce the heat to 375 degrees and roast for another 15 minutes.
- Cover loosely with aluminum foil and continue to roast for 45 minutes.
- The chicken is finished when the thickest part of the thigh reaches 180 degrees.
- Remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes.
Consume everything. Use leftover meat for chicken sandwiches and make soup from the bones.