I'm a big believer in whole chickens. I see some chicken pieces as a big old Jip. Many times, you can buy a whole chicken for the price of 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts.
Cooking a whole chicken is not hard. There are many ways to do it. Roasting a whole chicken is a very nice way. If I have the time, this chicken turns into something similar to the rotisserie chicken you can buy in the grocery store deli.
Slow Roasted Chicken.
4 t. salt
1 t. paprika
1 t. cayenne pepper
1 t. onion powder or dry minced onion.
1/2 t. poultry seasoning
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/8 t. sage
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Yes, that's right. Have I got your attention?
Combine the ingredients and rub or pat them all over a cleaned dried whole chicken.
Clean the chicken by first removing all giblets and parts from the cavity. I then wash my sink with plenty of good soap, hot water and scrubbing. My sink gets this treatment a couple times a day every day. I often put plain liquid dish soap on a green scratchy pad and go at it. Rinse with very hot water and you are clean. Trust me. Stress out over something else.
I put the chicken in the sink and run water over it and through it. I take the time to pick off anything I don't want to eat. Let's leave it at that. It's up to you. I have this weird idea that it's important to be personal with your food, know where it came from and what's in it. We eat very little that comes out of a box or package.
Dry the chicken with paper towels inside and out. Apply seasonings. Place seasoned chicken in a roasting dish of your choice. Put it in the preheated oven for 5 hours. Yes, that's 5 hours at 250 degrees.
Wash the sink again the same way once you are finished.
I've done this many times with two chickens when I was entertaining, because it all happens ahead of time. Today, I came home to fix our lunch and put it in then, setting the timer. I was home well before the timer went off and had time to work on the blog, a luxury these days. I've got potatoes in the oven. We'll have some sort of vegetable. I'll decide that in a little bit. Just takes some planning and some organization. Remember to plan ahead.