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Chef John's Salt Roasted Chicken Recipe
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Chef John's Salt Roasted Chicken
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Chef John's Salt Roasted Chicken

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"This is one of those rare recipes where the name is the same as the ingredient list. You're going to be so shocked at how flavorful, juicy, and amazing this roast chicken comes out."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
  2. Dry the outside of chicken with paper towels. Tuck the wing tips underneath the chicken and place into a large oven-safe skillet. Use scissors to snip off the tail, if desired.
  3. Generously sprinkle kosher salt into the cavity and over the back and sides of chicken. Tie chicken legs together with kitchen twine. Sprinkle salt generously over the breasts, coating them thoroughly. Wipe excess salt out of skillet with paper towels.
  4. Bake chicken in the preheated oven until an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into a thigh, not touching bone, reads 160 degrees C (70 degrees C), 50 to 60 minutes. Remove from skillet to a serving platter and let rest 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Blot about 90 percent of the chicken fat from the skillet with a paper towel held with tongs, leaving the browned bits of food in the skillet. Place skillet over medium-high heat and add thyme leaves. Cook and stir until thyme is wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour lemon juice, chicken broth, and water into skillet, stirring until the browned bits dissolve and the sauce has reduced by about half, 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Reduce heat to low, add cold butter, and stir until butter has begun to melt. Add any accumulated juices from the chicken to sauce and continue to stir until butter is incorporated and sauce is slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and season with salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste. Spoon sauce over chicken to serve.
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  • PREP 15 mins
  • COOK 55 mins
  • READY IN 1 hr 15 mins

Footnotes

  • Cook's Note:
  • I'm totally guessing at measurements here, since you kind of just splash stuff in. Use the force.
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Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 02, 2013

My husband thought it was excellent. He said: ..."perhaps the best chicken I ever had!". I had followed your recipe without any change. Thank you Chef John.

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 17, 2014

well, I really mucked this recipe...I used sea salt instead of Kosher--didn't think it would make that much of a difference, but it did. The chicken came out greasy and way to salty tasting, and the jus is inedible. Sorry Chef-will try again using kosher next time! I don't think it is proper to give this recipe a rating until I follow it exactly so I will give it a 3 for now.

 

19 Ratings

Dec 07, 2013

My family has always loved roast chicken, so I have made it for years. This recipe is the best I have ever made. The chicken was very juicy, and so tender. I even made the sauce, and could not believe how good it was and how incredibly simple it was to make. I was out of lemons so I substituted white wine vinegar and it was terrific! Chef John, another winner. Thanks for the video, it helps.

 
Jan 07, 2014

the chicken was magnificent. but for some reason, my sauce turned out way too salty. I'm wondering if I didn't blot out enough oil from the pan. will try again.

 
Apr 04, 2014

Delicious!,, And so easy! I followed it exactly and my husband and I both devoured it ! It was the juiciest chicken that I have ever tried and the easiest. The sauce was a perfect addition. Thanks Chef John!

 
Mar 30, 2014

We just finished supper and I must say, this is the moistest chicken I have ever cooked. It is a terrific recipe.

 
Mar 12, 2014

We love this recipe. So easy and so delicious!!!! Gravy also is remarkably tasty!!!! Thank-you Chef John for another great recipe!!!!

 
Mar 04, 2014

We really enjoyed this chicken! I love making whole chickens and do so at least twice a month. This recipe was a nice change up from my usual rosemary and garlic roasted bird. It did turn out rather salty, and I used coarse ground kosher salt - but it wasn't inedible salty. (and of course, I expected it to be salty!) I prepared this in my infrared oven which I believe helped the skin to crisp very nicely. The whole thing was a beautiful, uniform golden color. My husband, teenage daughter and I loved the sauce, but my young children didn't care for the lemon flavor of it, so next time I will try making it with white wine in place of the lemon juice. This recipe is a keeper that I will make again and again.

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 554 kcal
  • 28%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 1.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 185 mg
  • 62%
  • Fat
  • 35.7 g
  • 55%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 53.7 g
  • 107%
  • Sodium
  • 4701 mg
  • 188%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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