I roasted a six pound roaster chicken from WalMart last night. Now I know what you're thinking, "WalMart Chicken
, it's a travesty!". But I want you to know that the chicken was amazing, and not because it came from WalMart, but because of the cooking technique. Please see this link:
Once you've spatchcocked the bird (this works with turkey too), place in breast side down on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Dry the skin, then rub with butter. Season simply with salt, onion powder, and granulated garlic. Pop the chicken into a 400' oven and cook to a breast temperature of 155' F. Remove from the oven and let rest for ten minutes.
My chicken took 55 minutes to come up to temperature. It was the most flavorful, tender, and juicy chicken I've ever roasted. I've used this technique before to prep a chicken for the grill, and came out with great results as well. But I've made whole chickens on the grill and had equally good results. But for oven baking, I think I'll be doing this from here on out. The results were incredible.
Seeeeeeya; Chief Longwind of the North