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A simple homemade meal is what everyone wants, am I right? I am all about meals that are quick to prep, practically make themselves, and the whole family enjoys. Baking a whole chicken used to be such an intimidating task that I avoided at all costs– until I learned how EASY it actually was to make! It takes about 5-10 minutes to prep for the oven and then you just let it bake for an hour without needing to baste it or do anything else until it’s ready to enjoy.
The recipe below is for a 4.5 to 5 pound organic chicken without the gizzards inside. To prepare your chicken.
IF FROZEN – defrost over night and place in fridge until you are ready to make it.
FRESH CHICKEN (NOT FROZEN) – remove whole chicken from packaging and rinse thoroughly. Then place on a large cutting board and pat dry completely with paper towels. You can let it sit out to air dry if you’d like. Bottom line, you want the chicken to be completely dry before baking– this will maximize crispiness!