Don't know where to start with the whole chicken you just bought at the farmers market?
For many of us, roasting a whole chicken is daunting, but it is easier than you think. Our family uses this basic recipe to roast our whole chickens because it is easy, and results in a delicious chicken.
Basic Roasting Instructions (for 4-pound whole chicken)
Defrost your chicken (about 2 days in fridge). Place defrosted chicken on rack in large roasting pan and apply dry brine (Kosher salt + herbs) both inside and outside the chicken. Let it rest, uncovered in the fridge for 8 hours or overnight (leaving it uncovered will result in a crisp skin). Preheat oven to 425F and bake chicken for 1 hour, 15 minutes, or until done (165F internal temp.). Let rest before serving.
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