Courteney Cox makes baking a whole chicken a breeze (with just 5 ingredients)



Since Courteney Cox joined Instagram In 2019 (thanks to Lisa Kudrow and Ellen DeGeneres, BTW) we loved taking a look at the former Friends The life of the star, whether she posts old Photos of their parents or flaunt them Daughter’s murderous voice. But our favorite post so far is undoubtedly ridiculously simple Baked Chicken Recipe, which only takes five ingredients and about an hour and a half to cook.

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How to Make Courteney Cox’s Baked Chicken

We know, we know: Cooking whole chicken feels like a big job. But this is basically impossible to screw up. What makes this recipe such a breeze is that it relies on nothing but dried herbs, salt, and the chicken’s natural juices. One time in the oven is enough to get juicy and tender on the inside and crispy and browned on the outside. (PS: if you want the skin extra crispy, add a little baking powder to the kosher salt before sprinkling both on the bird, then leave to rest in the fridge overnight before baking.)

Here’s What You Need to Make Courteney Cox’s Baked Chicken at Home:


  • A 4 pound whole chicken
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • Kosher salt
  • Herbs of Provence*
  • 3 to 4 leeks

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 425 ° C. Place the chicken on a baking sheet or skillet. Cover the entire chicken breast-side down with olive oil cooking spray. Then sprinkle generously with kosher salt and Provence herbs. Repeat on both sides of the chicken and breast-side up.

Step 2: Bake the chicken for 25 minutes. While baking, cut the leek into thin slices, soak and rinse.

Step 3: After the 25 minutes are up, reduce the heat to 350 ° F and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Then add the leek around the chicken to the pan and bake for another 30 to 35 minutes.

Step 4: After 40 minutes, insert a thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh without touching the bone. Once it reads 165 ° F, the chicken is done. Let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes before cutting.

* A mixture of marjoram, rosemary, thyme, oregano, and summer savory that you can usually find in the grocery store’s spices section.

Ready to eat? Here are a few side dishes we’d serve with Courteney Cox’s baked chicken.

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Crunchy, tender chicken meet the soul-warming arborio rice. It’s extra decadent and flavorful thanks to butter, parmesan, and a large sip of dry White wine.

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Since the flavor of the chicken comes mainly from Provence herbs, why not those French ante by serving this summery side? At long last, zucchini, tomatoes and Summer squash are just at the height of deliciousness.

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It’s just the crunchy, refreshing one page Serve outdoors with a perfectly baked bird. Instead of eggs, the creaminess of the dressing is thanks to the avocado.

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Tender couscous + harissa vinaigrette + crunchy almonds + fresh mint = the most rounded side dish of all time. Add a dollop of cool, flavorful yogurt and it’s a meal in itself (although we can also see you stack a toasted pita with couscous and shredded baked chicken).

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These cold soup is similar to baked chicken in that the recipe is based on the essentials: seasonal produce, fresh herbs, salt and pepper.

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