Increasing the surface area of the bird, so that the heat can attack it more uniformly, means a much more evenly cooked bird, with no dry spots and some amazing crispy skin!
You Will Need:
- 1 whole chicken (thawed)
- 1 pair kitchen shears
- 1 schmear of olive oil
- A few generous shakes of your favorite Poultry Seasoning
- 1 oven rack -OR- 1 generous handful of cut carrots, celery, and onion
Slip the cooking sheet into a 375 degree oven and pour yourself a relaxing beverage. How long should it cook? Depends on the size of the bird. I jammed a thermometer probe into the breast and set it for 165. An hour per pound at this temperature is average. If you're slow-smoking, you should definitely go by temp and not time!
This chicken was absolutely delicious, and it makes for a spectacular presentation if you're hosting a dinner party. Simply slide the entire bird onto a platter, and surround him with the cooked vegetables or other goodness like cubed potatoes, roasted garlic and sweet potatoes, or sliced tomatoes and onions!