Chicken Lover’s Ultimate Baked Chicken

Prep: 1h 35 min


5 lbs whole chickens (one 5lb chicken)
2 cups Wishbone Italian salad dressing
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup butter
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


Preheat your oven to 375°F.Place clean chicken in a roasting or 9×13 pan.Combine the Italian dressing, soy sauce, Worcestershire, and butter in a microwaveable bowl or small saucepan and warm until the butter is melted and the marinade is well combined.Use a baster if you have one, if not just pour the marinade inside and all over the chicken.Coat the top and sides of the chicken very well with the poultry seasoning

Next, season with the salt, pepper, basil and garlic powder

Put the bay leaves inside the cavity of the chicken.Place chicken uncovered on center rack of oven

Bake for 30 minutes then baste the chicken with the pan juices
Bake for another 30 minutes.Remove the chicken from the oven at the one hour mark and turn the chicken over in the pan

Baste the exposed underside with the pan juices and then season well with poultry seasoning, and a little sprinkle each of pepper and basil

Put the chicken back into the oven and bake for another 30 minutes
Again take out the chicken and turn it over

Depending on your oven and the exact size of your chicken it may take 15-30 minutes more for it to be done.Check for doneness at the thigh joint
No blood or redness means it is done

Do not be concerned with the dark color of the chicken at any point
It is the herbs and marinade that give it the dark color and it will not taste burned.As you serve the chicken dredge each piece in the pan juices or spoon a little of it over the piece.

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