Chef John's Salt Roasted Chicken


In this video, you’ll see how to make salt-roasted chicken. It’s shockingly juicy, flavorful, and frankly amazing. And maybe the best thing about it?... See more All you need are a whole chicken and some kosher salt. The key to the salting method is generosity; you want complete coverage with the salt. Less is not more here. Go for it, really coat the bird with that salt. Then roast it on high heat and make a super-simple sauce by deglazing the skillet. Yes, because this recipe was so simple, for no extra charge, Chef John also shows you how to make a quick thyme, lemon juice, and butter sauce. Watch the video, then get the recipe for Chef John's Salt Roasted Chicken. A simple sauce spooned over an even simpler roast chicken, what could be better? See more Chef John videos >>

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Jun 8, 2014 5:41 PM

This was SO delicious. The skin was too salty, but the chicken was super juicy and tender. For the sauce I used basil and garlic instead and made a yummy pesto sauce.


Jun 7, 2014 10:33 AM

I place the chicken in the middle of the roasting pan and pour the kosher salt all around like a picture frame , it doesn't touch the chicken. Comes out really good.

Heather Twist

Jun 7, 2014 1:00 AM

Oh seriously, chop off the tail? That's my favorite part! My Mom always called it the "Pope's nose" though I have no idea why. In my family I cook the neck, giblets etc. to the side, and indulge all by my lonesome. Someday they'll catch on and I'll have to fight for them.

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