This is the most delicious and easiest way to cook a chicken — very little in the way of ingredients , counting the chicken there are 4 ingredients. You will need a cast iron skillet and this is such a worthwhile investment. It’s relatively inexpensive and Lodge makes a great one . I use a 10″ skillet. You can actually buy it on Amazon and can get the 6.5″ as well for $30 for the two. It’s an investment you’ll use forever. I have actually seen Lodge Products in the supermarket — check it out.
In under an hour you’ll have a delicious roast chicken and the beauty of the chicken at least for the two of us is that I can make chicken salad for the next day lunch. Which these days is a win-win.
1 whole chicken, app. 4 lbs.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper — Kosher Salt and Course Ground Black Pepper
*if you’d like a little Paprika you can sprinkle as well but for this recipe I just do S and P
Put a cast-iron skillet on a low rack in the oven and heat oven to 500 degrees.
I brush my chicken all over with olive oil and sprinkle generously with Salt and Pepper
Once oven and skillet are hot — I leave it in for about 15 minutes, carefully put the chicken in the hot skillet, breast side up. Roast for 15 minutes at 500 degrees, then turn the oven temperature down to 350 degrees. Continue roasting until chicken is golden brown and an instant read thermometer insterted into the meaty part of the thigh reads 165. I cooked for another 40 minutes or so after the initial 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and tip the bird gently to let the inside juice flow into the pan.
Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and let it rest for a few minutes.
Carve and Serve.