whole chicken NYT

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categories: [nyt] [poultry]

whole chicken (3.5 lbs or so worked for us) pre-heat iron skillet in oven, at 500 F (!) rub chicken with olive oil; sprinkle with salt & pepper CAREFULLY remove hot skillet from oven put chicken on skillet breast-side up in pan cook 15 minutes at 500 F reduce to 350 F until done (another 30 min or so) use oven thermometer to check if done (thigh about 160 F) let chicken sit for at least 5 minutes before carving

source: Mark Bittman blog @ NY Times