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Smoked Paprika Chicken (From PBS.org)
Ingredients:
1 chicken (approximately 3 pounds) butterflied (take out the back bone and flatten, or buy it pre-butterflied)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
½ to 1 teaspoon hot smoked Spanish paprika
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
6 whole garlic cloves, peeled

Directions:
24 hours before roasting your chicken, dry chicken with paper towels. Mix salt and smoked paprika together in a bowl. Rub salt-and-paprika mixture all over chicken and under skin to coat the meat. Place on a tray or dish and refrigerate uncovered. This will make the skin of the chicken crispy, and the salt acts as a dry brine so your chicken is moist as well.

Preheat oven to 450°F (convection roast if you have this option on your oven. It is best!). Take chicken out of fridge for 30 minutes to bring to room temperature. Put the garlic cloves in the roasting pan. (Tip: Use a pan that best fits the chicken snugly. Don’t use too large of a pan.) Place chicken skin side up in roasting pan on top of the garlic.

Coat chicken with a little olive oil. Cover roasting pan with foil. Roast for 20 minutes, covered. Take foil off chicken and roast for 20 more minutes until skin is nice and crispy and meat thermometer reads 175°F. Let chicken rest for 10 to15 minutes before serving.

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