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Perfectly Seasoned Oven-Baked Chicken Recipe

This recipe is not just a meal; it’s a celebration of flavors, a symphony of herbs and spices that dance on your taste buds. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a kitchen novice, this dish promises to elevate your cooking skills and impress your guests. Let’s embark on a journey to discover the art of crafting a perfectly seasoned, oven-baked delight that will leave everyone craving for more.

There’s something magical about the aroma of herbs and spices wafting through your kitchen as a whole chicken roasts to perfection. Our Oven-Baked Chicken is more than just a dish; it’s an experience. The carefully crafted poultry seasoning, coupled with a luscious compound butter, ensures that every bite is bursting with flavor and juiciness. This recipe is the answer to your quest for a show-stopping main course that’s surprisingly easy to prepare. From casual family dinners to festive feasts, this dish is versatile enough for any occasion.

Ingredients:

  • 4 – 6 tablespoons Poultry Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup Butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 Whole Chicken
  • Olive Oil

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. In a bowl, combine softened butter, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika. Mix until well combined. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  3. Remove the chicken from the brine and pat it dry with paper towels. Discard the brine.
  4. Place the chicken on a roasting pan or baking dish.
  5. Brush the chicken with olive oil, ensuring it is well coated.
  6. Rub the prepared poultry seasoning over the entire surface of the chicken, including the cavity.
  7. Using your fingers or a spoon, carefully loosen the skin of the chicken, especially over the breast and thighs.
  8. Spread some of the compound butter under the skin, distributing it evenly.
  9. Rub the remaining compound butter over the outside of the chicken.
  10. Roast the chicken in the preheated oven for approximately 1.5 to 2 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) in the thickest part of the thigh.
  11. If the skin starts to brown too quickly, you can tent the chicken with aluminum foil.
  12. Once done, remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest for about 15 minutes before carving.
  13. Serve the oven-baked brined chicken with your favorite sides and enjoy the flavorful and juicy results!

Expert Tips and Tricks:

  • For a crispy skin, pat the chicken dry before applying the olive oil and seasoning.
  • Allow the chicken to come to room temperature before roasting for more even cooking.
  • Use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken reaches the optimal internal temperature without overcooking.

Variations:

  1. Lemon Herb Chicken: Add lemon zest and fresh herbs to the compound butter.
  2. Spicy Cajun Twist: Mix cayenne pepper and Cajun seasoning into the poultry seasoning.
  3. Maple Glazed Delight: Brush the chicken with maple syrup during the last 20 minutes of roasting.
  4. Garlic Parmesan Infusion: Mix grated Parmesan cheese into the compound butter.
  5. Asian Fusion: Add soy sauce, ginger, and Chinese five-spice powder to the seasoning mix.

What to Serve It With:

  1. Roasted Vegetables: A medley of seasonal vegetables drizzled with olive oil and roasted alongside the chicken.
  2. Mashed Potatoes: Creamy mashed potatoes make a classic and comforting side.
  3. Garlic Butter Rice: Fragrant rice cooked in garlic butter for a perfect pairing.
  4. Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts: Oven-roasted Brussels sprouts with a crispy exterior.
  5. Caesar Salad: Fresh greens with Caesar dressing and croutons for a light contrast.

Storage Tips:

Store leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. For longer storage, freeze portions in freezer-safe bags for up to 2 months.

How Much Oven-Baked Chicken for Family Gatherings?

Plan for approximately 1/2 to 3/4 pounds of chicken per person. A 5 to 7-pound chicken should comfortably serve a family of four to six.

How Far in Advance Can I Make the Oven-Baked Chicken?

While the chicken is best enjoyed fresh out of the oven, you can prepare the compound butter and marinate the chicken in the seasoning a day in advance. Roast the chicken just before serving for the most succulent results.

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine softened butter, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika. Mix until well combined. Set aside.

  2. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).

  3. Remove the chicken from the brine and pat it dry with paper towels. Discard the brine.

  4. Place the chicken on a roasting pan or baking dish.

  5. Brush the chicken with olive oil, ensuring it is well coated.

  6. Rub the prepared poultry seasoning over the entire surface of the chicken, including the cavity.

  7. Using your fingers or a spoon, carefully loosen the skin of the chicken, especially over the breast and thighs.

  8. Spread some of the compound butter under the skin, distributing it evenly.

  9. Rub the remaining compound butter over the outside of the chicken.

  10. Roast the chicken in the preheated oven for approximately 1.5 to 2 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) in the thickest part of the thigh.

  11. If the skin starts to brown too quickly, you can tent the chicken with aluminum foil.

  12. Once done, remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest for about 15 minutes before carving.

  13. Serve the oven-baked brined chicken with your favorite sides and enjoy the flavorful and juicy results!

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