There's something about the aroma of a roasting chicken on a chilly evening that makes fall so appreciated. After months of watermelons, grilling, and salads, even I'm ready for a nice, juicy chicken.
Roasted chicken is one dish I can always count on making the kids happy. Clean plates abound, and requests for seconds are music to my ears. Even the pups get in on the action and enjoy a few slices with their regular fare.
Rubbing these few ingredients onto the chicken couldn't be easier making this an ideal busy weeknight dinner. Just before school pick up I prepare the chicken with the rub, and allow him to come to room temp as I gather the kids from school. Popping him into the preheated oven about 4 PM, I have dinner on the table by 6, and if I've been ultra organized, the sides are already done and I have a few hours to finish up other activities (like writing blog posts!) while the chicken nearly prepares itself.
Tender, juicy and full of flavor, this chicken is sure to be a family pleaser. The aroma alone is guaranteed to have hungry teens willingly appearing from all corners of the house and proclaiming you the best cook ever.
Roasted Whole Chicken with Smoked Paprika
Getting dinner on the table couldn't be easier with this juicy roasted chicken.
Recipe by Liv Life
1 whole 4 to 5 lb chicken
1 Tbs olive oil
1-2 cloves garlic
1 Tbs smoked paprika
salt and pepper
In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, garlic and smoked paprika. Rub all over chicken, including under the breast skin. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and place chicken in a shallow roasting pan.
Place into the preheated oven and roast for about one to one and a half hours, or until juices run clear and a meat thermometer registers 160º in the breast. Begin checking for doneness at about the 1 hours point as different sizes will take different roasting times. Enjoy!
Looking for more chicken recipes? Try our other favorite, Whole Roasted Garlic Lemon Chicken!