Roast Chicken With Moroccan Spice Rub

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    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    • Calories 678 calories
    • Fat 50 g
    • Sat Fat 13 g
    • Cholesterol 214 mg
    • Sodium 639 mg
    • Protein 50 g
    • Carbohydrate 4 g
    • Sugar 3 g
    • Fiber 0 g

Ingredients

  1. Check 1tablespoon ground cumin
  2. Check 2 teaspoons curry powder
  3. Check 1teaspoon ground ginger
  4. Check 1/2teaspoon kosher salt
  5. Check 1/4teaspoon cayenne pepper
  6. Check 1tablespoon olive oil
  7. Check 1 handful fresh cilantro sprigs
  8. Check 1 3 1/2- to 4-pound chicken, giblets removed

Directions

  1. Adjust oven rack to lowest position. Heat oven to 450° F. Place a rack in a large ovenproof skillet or small roasting pan. Pat the chicken dry and place it in the pan. Tuck the wings beneath the chicken, as if it were placing its arms behind its head.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the cumin, curry, ginger, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and cayenne in a small bowl. Add the oil and combine. Use your fingers to carefully loosen the skin from the breasts, thighs, and drumsticks. Spread the spice mixture evenly under the skin. Place the cilantro inside the cavity.
  3. Roast for 20 minutes. Add 1 cup water and roast until the chicken is cooked through and the thigh meat registers 165° F on a meat thermometer, about 40 minutes more.
  4. Use a spatula to loosen the chicken. With a wad of paper towels in each hand, transfer the bird to a cutting board. Let it rest for at least 15 minutes before carving. If making a pan sauce, reserve the drippings