Simple Roast Chicken

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Serving Size: 1/4 whole chicken
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With an ingredient list just four items long the genius of this bare-bones roast chicken is in its technique. Using a preheated cast-iron skillet you’ll get a stunner of a chicken, with moist, tender white meat, crisp, salty chicken skin, and juicy dark meat. If you don’t already have a cast-iron skillet large enough to hold a whole chicken, this recipe is a good enough reason to invest in one (however a heavy baking dish would suffice)!
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Step 1

  • Put a cast-iron skillet on a low rack in the oven and heat the oven to 500 degrees. Rub the chicken all over with the oil and sprinkle it generously with salt and pepper.

Step 2

  • When the oven and skillet are hot, carefully put the chicken in the skillet, breast side up. Roast for 15 minutes, then turn the oven temperature down to 350 degrees. Continue to roast until the bird is golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the meaty part of the thigh reads 155 to 165 degrees, about another 45 minutes.

Step 3

  • Tip the pan to let the juices flow from the chicken’s cavity into the pan. Transfer the chicken to a platter and let it rest for at least 5 minutes. Carve and serve.
    Note: for diabetes friendly and heart healthy, remove skin before serving.

Cook Times

Active Prep15
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Hands-Off Cook60
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Recipe Serving Size4



  • 1 whole chicken 3 to 4 pounds, trimmed of excess fat
  • 3 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt more or less to taste, or dietary preference, for heart-healthy use 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper more or less to taste

Cooking Tools Required

9x9 baking dish, Cast iron pan, Cutting board, Measuring cups and spoons, Sharp Knives
Reheating/Serving Instructions
Heat in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, longer for larger pieces. You can also heat in the microwave on medium power until heated through, although skin will loose it's cripsness.


Calories: 503kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 715mg | Potassium: 362mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 267IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 2mg

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