1 5- to 6 Chicken
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 3/4 teaspoons Kosher Salt
1 1/4 teaspoons freshly cracked pepper
1 1/4 teaspoons dried thyme
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Dry-brined roasted chickens are the best way to get juicy meat, succulent, and golden skin, crispy,! The best part? You only need 5-6 minutes and some space in the fridge!
How to make
Step 1- Prepare the pan: Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and set a baking rack on top or use a roasting pan with a roasting rack.
Step 2- Make the spice rub: Zest and quarter the lemon. Combine the lemon zest, juice from 1/4 of the lemon, 2 1/2 teaspoons salt, 1 tablespoon olive oil, pepper and thyme together in a small bowl.
Save the lemon quarters to insert in to the cavity.
Step 3- Season the chicken: Pat the outside of the chicken dry with a paper towel. Slide your fingers between the skin and the breast meat to loosen the chicken skin. Try to separate the skin from around the legs as well.
Rub 3/4 of the spice mixture under the skin into the leg meat and breast. Rub the remaining spice mixture inside the cavity. Insert the lemon quarters in the cavity.
Step 4- Truss the chicken: To truss the chicken, cut a piece of kitchen twine about 15 inches long. Tuck the wings under the bird. Center the twine under the back end of the chicken so equal lengths of twine are where you tucked the wings in.
Lift up each side of the twine crossing it over the top of bird’s body and wrap it around to the legs and then Tie the legs together.
Step 5- Let the chicken air dry for 24 hours: Place the bird, baking sheet and all, into your refrigerator uncovered for 24 to 72 hours. If you do not have the room in your refrigerator it is ok to put the chicken on a plate and transfer it to the baking sheet when you are ready to roast the bird.
Step 6- Prepare the oven: When ready to roast, move your oven rack to the second lowest spot in the oven. Preheat the oven to 375° F degrees.
Step 7- Add extra seasonings: The chicken will look a little desiccated after the 24-72 hour rest. That’s a good thing! It means your chicken will have crispy skin!
Transfer the baking sheet from the refrigerator to the counter. Rub the outside of the chicken with one tablespoon of olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt and a few of cracks of fresh ground pepper.
Step 8- Roast and baste the chicken: Place the baking sheet into the oven and roast for 1 hour at 375° F degrees. Then turn the oven up to 420° F degrees for the remaining 22 minutes or until the temperature in the thickest part of the breast reaches 160-165° F degrees.
Check the chicken at the 45-minute mark and baste it. You may have to tip the pan a little to the corner to get to the juices. If you don not have a baster do not worry, just use a long-handled spoon to scoop up and pour the drippings over to the chicken.
Continue to baste every 16 to 20 minutes until it reaches a deep, rich, golden color, the skin is crispy, and the chicken has finished cooking through.
Step 9- Rest the chicken: Remove the chicken from the oven when the temperature in the thickest part of the breast reads about 160°F. Let it rest for 5-6 minutes. The temperature will continue to rise to reach 165-167 °F.
If you don’t have a thermometer that is ok. The chicken is cooked through it, when you slice into it and then juice run clearly.