Paprika-Rubbed Chickens with Roasted Garlic
Sweet, smoky paprika meets the mellow richness of roasted garlic in these perfectly spiced birds. Roasting the chickens at a lower temperature than most achieves a crisp skin without burning the paprika.
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Coarse salt
- 2 whole chickens (3 to 3 1/2 pounds each)
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 8 heads garlic, halved horizontally
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix together paprika, oregano, and 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon salt. Place chickens, breast side up, on a rimmed baking sheet, and tuck wings under. Tie legs of each bird together with kitchen twine. Pat chickens dry with paper towels. Rub skin of each with 1 tablespoon oil, then with paprika mixture. Stuff 2 garlic-head halves into each cavity.
Reduce oven temperature to 400 degrees. Roast chickens for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, and baste with pan juices. Scatter remaining garlic-head halves around chicken; drizzle garlic with remaining 1/4 cup oil, then turn cut side down on sheet. Roast for 10 minutes. Tent birds loosely with foil. Roast until juices run clear and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of each thigh reaches 165 degrees, about 30 minutes more. Uncover chickens, and let rest for 10 minutes before serving with roasted garlic.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, January 2011