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The Tastiest Whole Roasted Chicken. Period.

What’s with this weather Clark County?? 72 degrees and a chance of lightning storms – in July!? Good thing Fred Meyer had their Organic birds on sale – it’s a great day for a Roasted Chicken! Roasting a Chicken is incredibly easy. If you haven’t ever made one – don’t be scared!

I’ve played around with a few recipes – even a sinfully delicious Chicken, roasted with an Orange Grand Marnier Glaze. With all the flavors out there, I still prefer to go back to the basics. Chicken & Salt. That’s right; all you need is TWO ingredients! Also: Make sure to have a meat thermometer handy!

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Unwrap your bird and pull out the bag of “goodies” (inside the cavity). Discard (or not, if you have better use for it). Wash your bird with cold water inside and out. Be sure to loosen the skin, washing between the breast and skin. Pat your bird dry with paper towels. Discard towels. Place your freshly cleaned bird in a roasting pan. Douse your bird in salt ~ don’t be shy. Shake that Salt all over: inside the bird, under the skin down the breast, on top and underneath …. ALL OVER. Be sure to pull the skin back up over the breast.

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Place the roasting pan in a pre-heated oven, set at 450 degrees. Roast/Bake for 1 hour. Pull from oven and check the temp of the breast. If it registers at 165 degrees ~ you are golden!!! Let your Chicken rest for a few minutes ~ that was hard work being baked!!

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Place your Chicken on a cutting board.

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If you haven’t carved a bird before ~ watch this informative You Tube video by Whole Foods. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdNhA3…

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To get the most bang for your buck ~ pour Chicken Juices from the pan into a large soup pot. Be sure to scrape the pan clean, there’s a lot of flavor stuck to the bottom of that pan!! Place the leftover bones into the pot. Cover and refrigerate for a day or two, to make a Chicken Soup Starter!! (Recipe to follow)

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I hope you’ll enjoy this Roasted Chicken as much as I do!! I like to pair it with salad and a sautéed veggie!

From my kitchen, to yours …. Enjoy!