Making the perfect roast chicken is so much easier than you think! A few simple tips and techniques will yield a juicy bird with crispy skin and tons of flavor! Pop a whole chicken in the oven in a cast iron skillet and watch the magic happen.
Combine all the ingredients in a mini prep or food processor and blend until combined. Alternatively mix by hand.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and remove chicken from refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes.
Pat the chicken dry, both in and out and season liberally with salt and pepper.
Fold the wings behind the bird and truss the bird or simply tie the legs together. Place the bird in a cast iron skillet (my preference,) a roasting pan, or an oven-safe skillet and roast until a thermometer reads 160 degrees (about 50 minutes) or until the juices run clear. Baste it occasionally as it cooks.
Remove from the oven and tent the bird loosely with foil and let it rest 15 minutes before carving.