There is nothing worse than sitting down to a much-anticipated dinner after a long day and cutting into a dry, stringy chicken for the ultimate dinner fail! Follow my 10 easy steps for roasting chicken, making it a success every time!

  1. Wash and pat chicken super dry before you start.
  2. If time permits, rub cavity and under the skin with 1 ½ tsp kosher salt and spices and let sit in the fridge for overnight.
  3. In a heavy Dutch oven, turn chicken breast-side down and sear in olive oil for 5-6 minutes with onion and cut veggies, adding the garlic at the last minute.
  4. Turn chicken breast-side up.
  5. Make certain to cover with a tight fitting lid.  If your lid jiggles a little, cover the pot with tight-fitting aluminum foil and then place the lid on top.
  6. Roast slowly in a 250 degree oven for approx. 1 ½ hours.
  7. Test breast meat to read 165 degrees.
  8. Let rest for 15-20 minutes for all the juices to return to the center of the meat.
  9. Use drippings at the bottom of the pan to pour over the chicken before you serve.
  10. Sit back and reap the compliments!