Roasting a whole chicken is one of the easiest and quickest ways to prepare a healthy and delicious weekend dinner for a busy family. Just throw a big bowl of green salad or a roasted side of vegetables and you’re set for a great meal.
This baked chicken with a taste of Montreal is delightfully tasty and super easy to make. You just need two ingredients: the chicken (doh!) and the mixed Montreal spice that you can get at any grocery store. I make this dish at least twice a month. It’s really easy to prepare and while it’s baking I can work on a side dish.
I buy the Montreal steak spice seasoning to save time, but you could make your own.
This recipe can also be used with turkey and that makes it great for a Thanksgivings or Christmas dinner. Since the preparation only involves rubbing the spice seasoning on the chicken or turkey, it gives you more time to prepare the rest of the meal. We all know the stress involved in cooking for the holidays or family gatherings.
- A whole chicken, about 6 lbs.
- ⅓ cup Montreal spice or 1.5 tbsp. per lb.
- A bunch of thyme herb, optional
- 2 tbsp. sea salt
- 1 tbsp. mustard powder
- 1 tbsp. paprika
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. coriander powder
- ½ tsp. ground pepper
- ½ tsp. ground thyme
- 1 tsp. sugar, optional
- Rinse the chicken in and out, remove the giblets.
- Rub the chicken with the Montreal spice seasoning and place in a baking pan. Make sure you rub the spices not only on the skin, but also on the meat to get a better flavour.
- Preheat the oven to 425F and roast the chicken for 15 minutes, uncovered.
- Lower the temp to 375F and bake the chicken for the next 2 hours, 20 minutes per lb. or until it's done.