Flavorful Whole Roasted Chicken
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  • 3.5 lb organic whole chicken, spatched-cocked (spine removed)
  • 2 teaspoons adobo seasoning (or your favorite salt-based seasoning)
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked salt (I use applewood)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • olive oil
  • Montreal seasoning (or any other salt-free herb seasoning blend with larger pieces)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, dirced
  • AROMATICS :celery, apples, lemons, onion. Bell peppers are great too!)
  1. Dry chicken completely with paper towels.
  2. Mix together adobo, sea salt, smoked salt, garlic powder and black pepper.
  3. Rub salt mixture all over chicken including under the skin and inside the cavity. (I sometimes sprinkle additional salt and pepper inside the cavity if I'm running low on salt rub)
  4. Place chicken in a large ziplock bag and refrigerate overnight to allow the salt to tenderize and flavor the meat.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  6. Remove chicken from bag.
  7. Brush lightly with olive oil.
  8. Sprinkle generously with Montreal seasoning on both sides or any other salt-free herb seasoning blend. (I also add a bit more seasoning salt as well, but that's optional)
  9. Place chopped butter and diced garlic under the skin. (You can place any leftover garlic on top if desired)
  10. Line a grill pan with the aromatics.
  11. Place chicken on top of grill.
  12. Use a sharp knife to poke several shallow holes in the chicken.
  13. Roast for 40-50 minutes. (check the thigh at about 40 minutes. You may need to add 10 more minutes or so. Tempt should be between 175-180) degrees F. Juices should run clear.) Do not overcook. If not spatchcoking, you'll need to increase the cooking time (20 minutes per pound)
  14. Remove from oven.
  15. Cover loosely with foil and let rest 20 minutes (this is a must)! Sometimes I'll baste the chicken with the pan drippings or butter before I cover it and let it rest. Yum!
  16. Enjoy!
You'll need to adjust the spices and cooking time is using a larger chicken or if roasting without spatch-cocking.
Recipe by Divas Can Cook at https://divascancook.com/whole-oven-roasted-chicken-recipe-flavorful/