unique roasted chicken

★★★★★ 16
a recipe by
Carrie Brannon
Asheville, NC

Although the spices in this recipe may sound strange for chicken, it is so good! This is great for holidays or any day as it is easy to make and the chicken roasts beautifully!

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We never used this method to roast a chicken, but you can bet we'll be doing it again! Relatively easy to prepare, the skin is super crispy and keeps the chicken juicy. The combination of spices is definitely unusual and tastes just wonderful.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 16
serves 4-6
prep time 15 Min
cook time 1 Hr
method Bake

Ingredients For unique roasted chicken

  • 4 lb
    whole chicken
  • 2 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    white sugar
  • 1/8 tsp
    ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp
  • 1/8 tsp
  • 1/8 tsp
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp
    chopped roasted garlic

How To Make unique roasted chicken

Test Kitchen Tips
Keep an eye on the chicken as it roasts. If the top is burning, gently cover it with aluminum foil and continue roasting until fully cooked. Also, the bottom of this chicken is not crips. If you want it crisp, flip the chicken halfway through the process.
  • Salt, sugar, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a bowl.
    In a bowl, mix the salt, sugar, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
  • Spices rubbed all over the chicken.
    Rub the chicken with the mixture. (For added flavor, cover the chicken, and place it in the refrigerator for 24 hours before cooking).
  • Chicken placed in a roasting pan on a wire rack.
    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.
  • Roasting the chicken in the oven.
    Roast for 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce heat to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) and continue roasting for 15 minutes. Baste chicken with pan drippings, reduce heat to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C), and continue roasting for 30 minutes, to an internal temperature of 180 degrees F (85 degrees C). Let stand 20 minutes before serving.
  • 5
    If 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.