Now I'll be honest here (as I always try to be), I cringe at calling anything "the best" or "perfect." Because really, it's all subject to the tastebuds of each individual. How many things have you made that someone called "the best" and you thought it was crap-ola? Yep, me too. We're all different and what I think is the best may not be your idea of the best. And the same thing goes for calling anything perfect. I may think this roast chicken turns ot perfectly every time, but you may totally call my bluff on it. But I'm still gonna label it perfect. This chicken is so juicy and the meat comes out so flavorful. The skin is crispy and seasoned just right. All a great combo. in my book. According to my tastebuds, this here chicken be the perfect roasted chicken!
1 roasting chicken (5-6 pounds)
kosher salt & ground black pepper
1 whole head of garlic
2 tbsp. butter, melted
2 tbsp. butter, melted
(Butter not pictured)
Preheat the oven to 425f degrees. Remove the chicken from plastic wrap and remove any giblets that are in the cavity. Rinse the chicken inside and out. Remove any leftover pinfeathers that may still be hanging on and pat the outside dry. Place the chicken in a large roasting pan. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken. Cut lemon and garlic head in half.
(No need to remove anything from the garlic. Just take the whole head and slice in half.)
Stuff the cavity with lemon and garlic halves. You can squeeze a bit of the lemon juice into the chicken cavity before placing lemon halves inside. Brush the outside of the chicken with the melted butter and sprinkle again with salt and pepper. Use all the butter, this is what is going to help make the skin crispy and give it a golden color.
Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken (this step is optional).Roast the chicken, uncovered, for about an hour and half or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh.
Cook's Notes: The melted butter you slather on the chicken may smoke some in your oven. Butter has a low burning point and because you are cooking this at a higher temperature, you may see a bit of smoking. Do not worry. This is normal. Just make sure your oven fan is in good working condition. It is all worth it for the flavor it brings to this chicken! Have some chicken leftover? Try making roasted chicken salad sandwiches!