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Simple Whole Roasted Chicken January 24, 2010

Filed under: Recipes — Detra @ 9:07 pm

Tonight I made Simple Whole Roasted Chicken (from, roasted potatoes, and french style green beans.  Whole chickens are fairly inexpensive.  The one I used tonight was around $4.  The potatoes are from the 5 lb bag I bought for $1.99.  The green beans were some I bought during the holidays when canned goods were easy to find on sale – but generally they are less than $1 anyway. 


  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (4 pound) whole chicken
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed


  1. In a bowl, mix the salt, sugar, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Rub the chicken with the mixture. Cover chicken, and place in the refrigerator for 24 hours.   I put the rub on the chicken this morning and let it refrigerate during the day.  (I forgot all about it last night.)
  2. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C).
  3. Stuff the chicken cavity with the garlic. Place the chicken, breast side down, on a rack in a roasting pan.
  4. Roast 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce heat to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C), and continue roasting 15 minutes. Baste chicken with pan drippings, reduce heat to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C), and continue roasting 30 minutes, to an internal temperature of 180 degrees F (85 degrees C). Let stand 20 minutes before serving.

I cubed the red potatoes with skins still on and tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper, and fresh crushed garlic. 


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