My family absolutely loves a good roasted chicken and my simple butterflied roast chicken is easy to prepare and only takes around an hour to bake! It smells so good and is the perfect simple dish if you want to impress your family.
Seriously, they will think that you spent so much time in the kitchen, when in reality you just prepped and seasoned the chicken and let the oven do the work while you did something else. Served up with roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes or just a small salad, this main dish is sure to please.
I think a lot of people are intimidated by cooking a whole chicken and I get that! It can be a little gross prepping that guy but it is worth it. This is one of my favorite meals to make when I have a lot of other stuff to do in the evening. I just prep the bird early in the day and then refrigerate it until about 5 pm, pop it in the oven and while it cooks I can catch up on laundry, dishes or prepare the sides.
I also love that we usually have leftovers, so the next day I can use the cooked chicken in chicken salad or soup, plus the bones make great homemade chicken stock!
You want to start with a 4-5 lb chicken with the giblets removed and then using poultry shears cut out the backbone. Flip the chicken over and apply pressure to butterfly it then place it breast side up in a baking dish ( I just use a glass 13×9), pat dry with paper towels and season. Here is a video tutorial to show you how.
I prefer to butterfly my chicken before roasting for two reasons: One, it cooks faster and more evenly. Two, it gives the chicken a beautiful crisp skin all over.
It really is a super simple dish once you get past handling the raw bird and more importantly it’s delicious!
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