How To Make Roast Chicken

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Can you think of anything more comforting than the smell of roasting chicken? It's not that we can't, it's that we won't. With the addition of decidedly non-intimidating garlic, onion, lemon and the fresh herb of your choice, you can make a roast chicken to be proud of, basically just by putting the thing in the oven.

When you've eaten your fill of our easy roast chicken, take a page out of Mindy Fox's cookbook, "A Bird in the Oven (And Then Some)," a handsome tome filled with 20 inspired ways to roast a chicken, plus healthy, delicious side dishes, and 60+ recipes for using the surplus. A definite must-have.

How To Make Roast Chicken
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  • 1 4-pound chicken
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 sprigs fresh herbs of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Rinse and thoroughly pat chicken dry with paper towels.
  3. Season inside and out with salt and pepper.
  4. Pierce several holes in lemon and stuff into cavity along with herbs.
  5. Tie legs together with twine and rub all over with oil. 
  6. Roast for one hour, or when a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads 165 degrees.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 15 minutes before carving.
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