This is by far the easiest whole chicken recipe ever! All you need is 4 ingredients and you have a delicious, inexpensive, very impressive meal.
Makes one Beautiful Chicken-
One Large Whole Chicken- I used a 5.5 lb chicken
Handful Fresh Sage- including stems
4 Garlic cloves still in their jackets
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
This recipe takes 3 hours total but is very easy!
An hour before you start cooking your chicken remove it from the fridge and remove all the goodies inside, wash the bird inside and out with water and place in a 9×9 casserole dish. Rub inside and out generously with salt and pepper, then rub the oil all over inside and out. Chop the sage leaves and place them and the stems inside the cavity of the chicken, then with the back of a knife or your fist smash the garlic cloves, place them inside the chicken too. For the next hour leave the bird on your counter and relax, pre-heat the oven to 35o.
Now that you and your chicken have rested for an hour and more importantly the chicken has gotten to (or close to) room temperature you can place it in the oven for two hours. Half way through baste inside and out and if it is getting very dark skin place a piece of foil over the top (like a little tent) to stop if from burning.
After 2 hours in an oven at 350, remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes. I know you want to pull off a wing and chow down, but don’t do it. Allowing the chicken to rest will make it more moist and tender. If you need assistance in carving a chicken see below.
Nutritional information is difficult on a whole chicken, so here is general estimation I got off CalorieKing.com for 4 oz of chicken w/out skin:
Here are some tips on carving, (disclaimer, I am NOT a chef or a butcher if you are and I offend you, tough!) I like to start w/ the leg, slice around the meat of the leg and to the cavity opening, slice farther into the meat to find the joint and stick you knife in and dislocate it, that is as easy as it can be. Do the same for the wings. For the breasts find the bone down the middle and use it as your guide. It gets easier each time you do it, the first time might look a little scary but by your 5th chicken you will be a pro.