Easy roast chicken

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 \N Roasting chicken
\N \N (about 3 lb) *
2 tablespoons Butter, melted
\N \N Salt and pepper
\N \N Oil for V-rack

* giblets removed and reserved for another use, chicken rinsed and patted dry with paper towels.

1. Place shallow roasting pan in oven and heat oven to 375 F. Brush chicken with butter and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.

2. Remove heated pan from oven and set oiled V-rack in it. Place chicken on rack, wing side up. Roast 20 min, then rotate chicken, other wing side up. Roast 20 min, then rotate chicken breast side up.

Roast until instant-read thermometer inserted in breast registers 160 F and in thigh register between 165 F and 170 F, 10-15 min longer.

Transfer chicken to cutting board; let rest 20 min. Carve and serve.

Notes: A 3½ pound bird should roast in 55-60 min while a 4-4 ½ pound bird requires 60-65 min. If using a V-rack, be sure to grease it so the chicken doesn't stick to it. if you don't have a V-rack, set the bird on a regular rack and use balls of aluminum foil to keep it the roasting chicken propped up on its side.

Cook's Illustrated

February 1996

Submitted By DIANE LAZARUS On 12-27-95

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