su-Best Last-Minute Roast Chicken
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Kevin Crafts
Yields Serves 4 to 6 Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Try this one plain, with the seasoning pastes below, or with a seasoning rub.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Mix salt, pepper, and ingredients for seasoning paste, if you are using it (with seasoning paste, use a large bowl). For chicken without seasoning paste, rub all over with oil, then with salt and pepper, putting a little inside too. For chicken with seasoning paste, slide 2 fingers between breast skin and meat to make pockets. Turn chicken over and loosen thigh skin the same way. Put chicken in bowl with seasonings; smear some in pockets, inside cavity, and all over outside. Set chicken breast-up on a V-shaped rack in a 12- by 17-in. roasting pan; tuck wing tips under if you like.

Step 2
2

Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 475° for a 3- to 3 1/2-lb. chicken, 450° for a 3 3/4- to 4 1/2-lb. bird, or 400° (for any size chicken) if using a seasoning paste (to prevent scorching).

Step 3
3

Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally through thickest part of breast reaches 160°, 30 to 35 minutes for a smaller plain bird, 45 to 50 minutes for a larger plain one, or 1 to 1 1/4 hours with a seasoning paste; after 30 minutes, begin checking chicken occasionally, and if any areas are getting dark, tent them with foil. Let chicken stand in a warm place 10 minutes; transfer to a platter.

Step 4
4

*To find small (uncooked) chickens, try markets that roast rotisserie birds (which are small) on-site.

Step 5
5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving plain chicken.

Ingredients

  Fine sea salt (1 tsp. for a 3- to 3 3/4-lb. chicken or 1 1/4 tsp. for a larger one)
  Pepper (1/2 tsp. for a smaller chicken or 3/4 tsp. for a larger one)
 1 chicken, 3* to 4 1/2 lbs., lumps of fat and tail removed, rinsed and patted very dry
  About 1 tbsp. olive oil (for plain or Indian Green Curry chicken)

Directions

Step 1
1

Mix salt, pepper, and ingredients for seasoning paste, if you are using it (with seasoning paste, use a large bowl). For chicken without seasoning paste, rub all over with oil, then with salt and pepper, putting a little inside too. For chicken with seasoning paste, slide 2 fingers between breast skin and meat to make pockets. Turn chicken over and loosen thigh skin the same way. Put chicken in bowl with seasonings; smear some in pockets, inside cavity, and all over outside. Set chicken breast-up on a V-shaped rack in a 12- by 17-in. roasting pan; tuck wing tips under if you like.

Step 2
2

Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 475° for a 3- to 3 1/2-lb. chicken, 450° for a 3 3/4- to 4 1/2-lb. bird, or 400° (for any size chicken) if using a seasoning paste (to prevent scorching).

Step 3
3

Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally through thickest part of breast reaches 160°, 30 to 35 minutes for a smaller plain bird, 45 to 50 minutes for a larger plain one, or 1 to 1 1/4 hours with a seasoning paste; after 30 minutes, begin checking chicken occasionally, and if any areas are getting dark, tent them with foil. Let chicken stand in a warm place 10 minutes; transfer to a platter.

Step 4
4

*To find small (uncooked) chickens, try markets that roast rotisserie birds (which are small) on-site.

Step 5
5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving plain chicken.

Best Last-Minute Roast Chicken