Roast a chicken for a bit of outdoor romance

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Roast a chicken for a bit of outdoor romance

A roasted chicken served with sandwich fixings and a bottle of wine makes a romantic picnic dinner that can be planned and made ahead.
Cast-Iron Skillet Roasted Chicken

Notes: The chicken comes out moist and tender. Because the chicken is flattened before it is cooked, it is finished much faster than traditional roasting methods.
Start to finish: 50 minutes (10 minutes active)
Servings: 8


Ingredients:


4-pound whole chicken
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon garlic powder
½ tablespoon dried thyme
½ tablespoon ground black pepper

Method:


Heat the oven to 425 F.
Place the chicken on the cutting board breast side down. Use sturdy kitchen shears to cut down the length of the spine on both sides. Discard the spine. Turn the bird breast side up. Gripping the 2 cut sides where the spine used to be, open up the bird, pressing down firmly at the center to flatten it.
In a small bowl, mix together the salt, garlic powder, thyme and pepper. Rub the mixture evenly over the entire chicken.
Set a large cast-iron skillet on a burner over medium-high. When the skillet it hot, add the chicken breast side down. Let the chicken brown for 5 minutes, then use tongs to carefully flip the bird so the breast side is up. Set the skillet in the oven and roast for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the thickest part reaches 165 F.
Remove the chicken from the oven. Either serve immediately or let cool and refrigerate for use in a picnic as described above.
Nutrition information per serving: 490 calories; 310 calories from fat (63 percent of total calories); 34 g fat (10 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 170 mg cholesterol; 1 g carbohydrate; 42 g protein; 0 g fiber; 880 mg sodium.

Roast a chicken for a bit of outdoor romance

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A roasted chicken served with sandwich fixings and a bottle of wine makes a romantic picnic dinner that can be planned and made ahead.
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