Spicy Rapid Roast Chicken

This is the kind of recipe that you just throw together. No need to truss or fuss. Pop it into a very hot oven and it is ready in a hurry.

Ingredients

  • 1 (3 pound) whole chicken

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

  2. Rinse chicken thoroughly inside and out under cold running water and remove all fat. Pat dry with paper towels.

  3. Put chicken into a small baking pan. Rub with olive oil. Mix the salt, pepper, oregano, basil, paprika and cayenne pepper together and sprinkle over chicken.

  4. Roast the chicken in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Lower the oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) and continue roasting to a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees F (74 degrees C), about 40 minutes more. Let cool 10 to 15 minutes and serve.