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Cast-Iron Skillet Roast Chicken Recipe

Cast-Iron Roast Chicken

Cast-Iron Roast Chicken

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Cast-Iron Skillet Roast Chicken Recipe

Ingredients

  1. one 3- to 3.5-pound chicken
    1 T. salt
    coarsely ground black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Place your oven rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees.
  2. Get yourself a good chicken — 3 to 3.5 lbs is ideal — and rinse it inside and out under cold running water.
  3. Using paper towels, dry the bird thoroughly inside and out. The chicken must be bone dry or it will steam rather than brown.
  4. Set it in a cast-iron skillet and generously season with 1 tbsp kosher salt and coarsely ground black pepper to taste. Place the skillet in the preheated oven and go about your business.
  5. For doneness: Slit underside of thigh — juices must run clear (about 45 minutes). The high heat turns the chicken a golden brown, and it’s juicy as hell.
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