After getting back from an AMAZING trip to New Orleans with The Husband I was ready to hit my kitchen running. I love eating out but nothing beats a home-cooked meal.
I defrosted a small whole chicken for a few hours in a sink full of water and decided to use what I had on hand to dress it up.
The result was FANTASTIC! So fantastic Ryan couldn't even wait until I finished taking photos to steal a bite.
I've been meaning to share my new trick for perfectly crispy chicken skin for months. I read about it on a chicken wing post somewhere but now I can't find the link. All you need is a little salt and baking powder.
Yes! Baking powder!
When I tried it the first time I was shocked and now I never make chicken without it.
Actually I keep a little chicken spice in my cabinet now that's equal parts garlic powder, onion powder, cumin and baking powder. Basically my "Roni Spice" with added baking powder.
Tonight I paired the spice with some aging citrus I found in the fridge. The result was devoured by all.
Here's what I did...
- 1 whole chicken, 3-4 pounds
- 2 limes and an orange (any citrus would work)
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp cumin
- Kosher salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Remove any gizzards from the chicken and place in a roasting pan.
Halve the citrus and squeeze the juice over the chicken. Place a few wedges in the cavity of the chicken and arrange the rest around the roasting pan.
Mix the baking powder, onion powder, garlic powder and cumin, and sprinkle the chicken with the mixture and some salt.
Roast the chicken uncovered for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. The formula is usually 20 minutes per pound plus 10 or so minutes. Then let it rest for at least 5. I always test with a thermometer until it's just over 160 degrees. The resting period will get it the rest of the way.
I baked a few potatoes alongside and then popped in some frozen broccoli when I pulled out the chicken to rest.
As you can see I simply cut the chicken in pieces and served.
It was a great family dinner.
No nutritional info for this one. Just count how much chicken you eat. Easy peasy.