2. Baking a Whole Chicken

Chicken is a fairly easy meat to cook, and once you've mastered it whole you can easily move on to a big Thanksgiving turkey! Gather salt, pepper, garlic, onion powder, and olive oil. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Rub the inside and outside of the chicken with the olive oil, then sprinkle with the seasonings. Set in a roasting pan with the underside facing upwards and cover with aluminum foil. Bake the chicken for 30 minutes, then remove the foil and baste with the juices. Replace the foil, bake for another 30 minutes, then baste again. Let the chicken cook uncovered for another 20 minutes or until the meat starts to pull away from the drumsticks and a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

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