zenbelly's perfect roast chicken

zenbelly\'s perfect roast chicken
1 tbsp sea salt
finely ground
whole chicken
about 3-4 pounds
We buy the best chicken possible whenever we use this super easy technique for preparing a whole chicken. We often joke that the hardest part of the recipe is grinding the salt needed for it. :)
Preheat the oven to 425°F. Grind and measure out the salt.
Sprinkle the salt all over the chicken. Set the chicken, breast side up, inside a Dutch oven.
Initially, roast the chicken uncovered for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Check the temperature and continue to cook in 15 minute increments until the chicken reaches an internal temp of 165°F.
Rest the chicken for 15 minutes, then carve and serve.
After carving the whole chicken, we pull off any remaining meat and chop it. We then transfer the meat into a small silicone ice cube tray and spoon some of the drippings over each portion. Whenever we need to bolster our one-year-old's meal with some protein, we simply toss one of these cubes into her meal as we warm it up.