This method of cooking chickens appeals to me in so many ways.  It’s so stress-free.  If you’re looking for ideas to serve starving family members this Christmas season - I would put this on the top of my list of recipes to make.  The price is right and you can do so many things with the leftovers.


Since moving to Florida from Michigan - I have become more obsessed with finding ways to cook the same meals I love in quicker, more energy efficient (saving money) and let’s face it ... in ways to keep the kitchen cooler! 


And since these little chickens are often able to be found under $1 per pound - it doesn’t get any more budget-friendly!


To start this recipe - you’ll need to preheat your oven to 500 degrees.  Yes, 500 degrees.  If you have an oven thermometer - be sure you’re at the 500 degree mark.


You’ll also need a roasting pan with a lid.


Then remove any giblets and/or parts that might have come inside the chicken.  Then rub your chickens down with softened butter.  After the butter, sprinkle on salt, pepper and any other flavorings you like.  Because the chickens are so small, I didn’t place anything inside the cavity.


Then place the chickens breast-side up in the roasting pan.  You can tie up the legs and wings if you want ... they just fall apart when they are done cooking, so I’m not sure it’s an essential step.


I used 2 (3 1/2 pound) chickens because I found them in a 2-pack at the wholesale club - and I wanted leftovers ... more leftover chicken recipes coming soon!


OK - once your chickens are ready and your oven is steaming hot - pour 2 cups of boiling water into the roasting pan and quickly place the lid on the roaster and load it into the oven, closing the oven door as quickly as possible.


And then set the kitchen timer for 25 minutes.  And just like the No Baste, No Bother Roasted Turkey - you are NOT allowed to open the oven door!  If you are using larger chickens, you’ll need to increase the cooking time before shutting the oven off.


Once the oven is off ... feel free to leave the house - go shopping, sledding - or just hang with your company and guests!!  Love this!


Once the 25 minutes are up - shut off the oven --- BUT leave the door closed - DO NOT OPEN ... and allow the oven to cool on it’s own (with the chickens inside).


My oven took give or take about 3 hours until the outside was completely cool to the touch.  If your chicken(s) are larger - you’ll be cooking them longer + your oven will take a little bit longer to cool.


Once the oven is cool ... go ahead and open the door and pull out the roasting pan.  Open the lid (the pan will still be warm) ... and behold the beautiful roasted chickens ... that will have already started to fall off the bone!


Place your chicken(s) on a cutting board ... and cut the chicken into pieces.  This is incredibly simple because the chickens are so moist and juicy.


Reserve the chicken stock to make “Our Favorite Turkey or Chicken Gravy” (here).  You should have the perfect amount of stock - and if you seasoned your chickens really well with the salt, pepper, butter and other flavors - your pan juices will be intensely delicious.


Just place a knife at the joints and carefully but firmly press down until you are able to crack through and separate from the whole bird.  Then carefully slice on either side of the breast bone to remove, carefully slicing underneath the meat to remove the breasts in whole pieces.


Because I am openly obsessed with crispy skin - I placed the roasted chicken pieces onto a broiler-safe baking sheet.


All I did was slide the baking sheet under a hot broiler for about 3 to 5 minutes, or to your liking.  They don’t need long at all.


See how golden they are!  So fabulous!


Then make your gravy ... we love this recipe “Our Favorite Turkey (or Chicken) Gravy (here).”


And plate up your meal!


Serve alongside “Creamy Mashed Potatoes” (here) or Garlic Herb Red Skin Potatoes (here).  Or for more Potato Recipes (here).


Refrigerate any leftovers and get ready to “Cook Once, Eat Twice” and save yourself some money - and hassles during this busy Christmas season!  Stay tuned for more Leftover Makeovers - coming soon!


Merry Christmas!