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Best Whole Chicken You Have Ever Had

A whole chicken is one of the easiest things in the world to cook but it can often be bland if not seasoned properly and dry if cooked wrong. This recipe makes both of those problems disappear in the easiest way possible with only 5 ingredients.

*Please Note* This dish needs to be prepped the day before you are making it.


  • 1 Whole Chicken
  • 2 Cups Soy Sauce
  • 3/4 Cup of Honey
  • Olive Oil
  • 3-5 Cloves of Chopped Garlic (Dependent on How Much You Like Garlic)

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Cover your entire chicken in olive oil . Ensure that anywhere you see skin has been oiled.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the soy sauce, honey, and chopped garlic.
  3. Fully tin foil a sheet pan (or any oven safe flatware you have).
  4. Place a grate on top of the tin foiled sheet pan and place your chicken on it. Keeping it raised from the pan makes it easier to flip later and not stick.
  5. Cover your entire chicken with the sauce mixture. Make sure to not use all of it we need it for later steps. Cover your sauce and put it in the fridge.
  6. Cover your entire pan in saran wrap and put it in the fridge for 24 HOURS.
  7.  30 minutes before you are looking to cook your chicken take it out of the fridge and re-apply the saved sauce to the whole chicken.
  8. Pre-heat the oven to 400° F with the rack in the middle of the oven.
  9. Put your chicken in the oven and set timer to check it in 20 minutes.
  10. If top side is not super crispy check again in 10 minute intervals.
  11. When top side looks like the picture above flip the chicken and cook the other side until it matches the top.
  12. Check your chicken temperature with a thermometer to ensure the middle is cooked to proper temperature stated on your thermometer. If not cooked put in oven and check back in 5-8 minute intervals.
  13. When temperature is right let rest on cutting board to be cut up and served.

I HIGHLY recommend you save the drippings that you now have on the tin foil tray for the future to make a gravy that will blow your mind. You can put it in the freezer in a freezer safe container and use it anytime as your gravy starter.

Ravi Prithipaul is Criminal Lawyer in Edmonton, Alberta. View Website.

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