My husband and I love “big chicken” night. “Big chicken” is essentially a roasted whole chicken (usually 4-5 pounds, hence the “big” part) with crispy, golden skin and a juicy breast. The seasonings change for “big chicken” depending on my mood. This is one version that is quite tasty, the crispy chicken skin is so addictive. The citrus salt I used is a recipe from Jaden’s Steamy Kitchen (another food blog I love!), so big thanks to Jaden for that recipe! You can see it here: http://steamykitchen.com/blog/2008/06/06/asian-flavored-sea-salts/.
1 lemon, sliced
1 3-inch piece of fresh ginger, ½ t minced, the rest peeled and cut into small slices
12-14 cloves garlic, 2 cloves minced, the rest peeled
1 4 lb whole chicken
Citrus salt (see Citrus salt recipe)
Freshly ground black pepper
½ t chili paste, such as Sambal Oelek