Perfectly Roasted Whole Chicken

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Perfectly Roasted Whole Chicken

Makes 4 Servings
 
 
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 ea Shenandoah Valley Organic Whole Chicken
  • 1 gallon Filtered Water
  • 1c Salt
  • ¼ c Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1 tsp Black Peppercorns
  • 3 ea Bay Leaves
  • 3 ea Thyme Sprig

DIRECTIONS

1

Combine all brine ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil, stirring until salt and sugar are fully dissolved. Once dissolved, remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
2

Once cooled, place chicken into brine for at least 8 hours or overnight.
3

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
4

Remove chicken from brine and dry extremely well inside and out with kitchen or paper towels. The more moisture you remove prior to cooking will eliminate steam and make for a crispier skin.
5

Rub the outside of the chicken lightly with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
6

Put chicken on a roasting rack breast side up and place in the oven.
7

After 60 minutes, temp the chicken in the thickest part of the thigh. The chicken is done when the temperature reaches 165 degree Fahrenheit. (Note: Do not open the oven door prior to 60 minutes!)
8

Once the chicken has reached the correct temperature, move to a cutting board and allow to rest for 15-20 minutes. (Note: Leave the chicken alone during the resting period!)
9

Carve, serve, and enjoy the praise of your adoring dinner guests!