This is the only way to make a roast a chicken! & perfect for a Valentineâ€™s dinner in!
I didnâ€™t know how great this method was until I tried it out for the first time this week.
Basically, we remove the backbone from the chicken and lay it out flat on a pan to roast, instead of upright like normal. I found that the cooking is much more even and the chicken is wayyyyyy juicier! (#winning)
Pat your whole chicken dry and place on a cutting board breast side down.
Use a very sharp knife or kitchen scissors, and cut along both sides of the backbone until you can remove it.
Flip the chicken over and press it down flat (pushing to break the wishbone with your palms).
Transfer the chicken to a lined baking sheet/dish.
Melt 3 tbsp of butter, juice 1 lemon, and mix in 1-2 tbsp of your favorite spice rub (I used @acadian_kitchens chicken seasoning and it was a total home run).
Mix together, pour over the chicken, and rub it down well until itâ€™s fully coated (bonus points for getting the rub up under the skin).
Bake the chicken at 400F for 40-45 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 165F. I highly recommend investing in a kitchen thermometer! I love mine and use it all the time.
***Pro tip: At the half way point of cooking, brush the skin of the chicken with the juices in the pan. Donâ€™t be shy and take your time! I spent like 5 minutes basting mine because it makes such a difference in the flavor & crisp I was of the skin. Worth ordering a $5 kitchen brush off Amazon!