Notes from the Test Kitchen:
I had never before used this method of roasting a chicken... but you can bet I will be doing it again! This recipe was relatively easy to prepare and the taste was just wonderful.
1In a bowl, mix the salt, sugar, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Rub the chicken with the mixture. (For added flavor, Cover chicken, and place in the refrigerator for 24 hours before cooking).
Preheat oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C).
Rub the chicken cavity with the chopped roasted garlic. Place the chicken, breast side down, on a rack in a roasting pan.
Roast 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce heat to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C), and continue roasting 15 minutes. Baste chicken with pan drippings, reduce heat to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C), and continue roasting 30 minutes, to an internal temperature of 180 degrees F (85 degrees C). Let stand 20 minutes before serving.
2IF you cook this in July you will swear it is Christmas from the yummy smell in your kitchen! The first time I made this my husband said it was the best chicken he had ever had. It stays moist and juicy and so yummy!!