Crispy Roast Chicken

Crispy Roast Chicken
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Crispy Roast Chicken

France Ruffenach

Crispy Roast Chicken

One of the first and best (and most primal) things I learned to do in the kitchen was to roast a chicken. In high school, it was also one of the few experiences that my sister, Nicole, and I could share without a fight.

We’d push a few pats of butter under a chicken’s skin, stuff a bunch of fresh herbs in the cavity, and roast it in a hot oven until golden brown, by which time the smell drove us crazy. We’d devour it standing up, burning our fingers and tongues as we pulled at the hot, crackling skin, eating it right down to the nubbins.

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Set the chicken in a 12-inch (or larger) cast-iron frying pan or a 5-quart (or larger) Dutch oven. Using your fingers, gently work 1 tablespoon of the butter under the breast skin, pushing the butter in as far as you can reach to the front of the breast and down the sides into the thighs. (Try not to tear the skin.) Rub the remaining butter all over the breast and leg skin on the outside. Put the bouquet of herbs in the body cavity and season the chicken all over with the salt.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Set the chicken on the countertop for 30 minutes or so to take the chill off before cooking. Put the chicken in the oven and roast for 30 minutes before either inserting an instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of a thigh or cutting into a thigh with a paring knife. The thermometer should register 170 degrees. (If using a knife, look for clear, not red or pink, juices running from the spot where you pierced the meat and opaque, barely pink flesh at the bone.)

If the chicken isn’t done, roast for 5 or 10 minutes longer and check it again. When the chicken is done, remove it from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before you carve and serve.


Calories per serving:

847 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 61g 94%
  • Carbs 1g 0%
  • Saturated 20g 98%
  • Fiber 0g 1%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 0g
  • Monounsaturated 25g
  • Polyunsaturated 12g
  • Protein 69g 138%
  • Cholesterol 292mg 97%
  • Sodium 748mg 31%
  • Calcium 57mg 6%
  • Magnesium 79mg 20%
  • Potassium 757mg 22%
  • Iron 4mg 22%
  • Zinc 5mg 33%
  • Phosphorus 550mg 79%
  • Vitamin A 244µg 27%
  • Vitamin C 20mg 33%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 15%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 27%
  • Niacin (B3) 25mg 126%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 65%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 38µg 10%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 19%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 7%
  • Vitamin K 178µg 223%
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