Thrills and chills will abound when you present this chicken to your little ghouls, ghosts and goblins. You'll feel like Dr. Frankenstein putting together your very own monstrous creation, and you'll feel good fuelling your family for an evening of trick-or-treating fun with this simple roasted spider, I mean chicken.
To turn this into a full meal deal, you can roast the chicken over a bed of root vegetables. Cubes of potatoes or carrots, thick slices of onions or whole cloves of garlic are all fair game. They'll soak up the tasty juices that drip off the chicken and give you a complete meal in one pan.
Yield: Makes 1 creepy crawly chicken
1 roasting chicken, about 4 lbs
6 more whole chicken wings
About 1/2 cup of your favourite spice rub
a generous sprinkling of salt and lots of freshly ground pepper
Prepare and preheat your oven to 350 °F (180 °C). Turn on your convection fan if you have one.
Remove the legs from the chicken and reserve them for another use. You can freeze them for another meal, grill them or just make some broth by simmering them in water.
Rub the chicken and the extra chicken wings with your spice rub and salt and pepper if they’re not included in the spice blend. Place the chicken in a large roasting pan and spread out the wings. Tuck the other wings under the chicken, creating “legs” for the “spider”. Unfold and arrange them to maximize the creepiness factor.
Roast the chicken until a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part of one of the breast reads 165 °F, about 1 hour.
Serve and share with a scream or two!
© Chef Michael Smith
There are as many ways to roast a chicken as there are cooks. This basic method is my favourite. Roasting the chicken perched on top of a thick bed of vegetables not only helps you prepare an entire meal at once but also guarantees that not a drop of flavour is lost. You can also skip all the normal laborious of slicing by simply shredding the meat into the works and tossing together a pan stew of sorts!