Fall is in the air. And for my family, that means it is time to make Big Riv’s Big Beautiful Chicken! The kids have been asking for this one for a while now. With the cooler temps, I decided, why not fire up the oven and get my cooking on today? I must say, it smells amazing in here!
This is by far my favorite way to roast chicken. All in all, it doesn’t take too long to prep, which is always a plus in my book. After just a quick chop and mash for the salt paste, melt some butter and herbs on the stove top for the baste, and you can send your chicken on its way to get happy in the oven.
Why I love this recipe–The chicken cavity is rubbed with an intensely flavorful salt/garlic/fresh herb paste, which permeates flavor and juiciness throughout the entire chicken as it cooks. The butter herb baste seals the chicken with flavor from the outside, and creates a beautiful, crispy skin.
Pair this chicken with Fluffy Mashed Potatoes, homemade gravy (recipe below), and a green salad, and you’ve got yourself a gorgeous feast any day of the week! This meal will wow both your eyes and your taste buds. And as for the story behind the name of this recipe…well, I’ll save that for another day.