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DH said it was a nice change from the way I've done chicken in the past; that was when it was 10 minutes out of the oven. Sending the rest with him to work today and will quiz him about it later. The skin got pretty dark, but it didn't taste burned, and it needed a little more salt for our tastes. I also should mention that I tarted up the basic spice rub with cumin, oregano and thyme and did not bother with securing the skin with toothpicks. It didn't suffer too much shrinkage. It was tasty.
I'd give this 3 1/2 if I could. I made this for a recent picnic in the park with friends and our kids. The husbands loved it, but it was a little too over seasoned for me. All I could taste was paprika and the cayenne (even though those are spices I love, they were overpowering). But a nice change from standard roasted chicken pieces. I also didn't slash the flesh of the meat or use the toothpicks, I just tucked the seasonings underneath the skin and spread it evenly.
I was also going to post this recipe after trying it from the magazine. I just used chicken breasts and scaled way back. In the magazine, it was recommended to use 1 1/4 tsp salt per pound of chicken, so I started from there and then scaled back the other spices as well (using 1 1/2 tsp brown sugar, 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp paprika, 1/4 tsp pepper and a pinch of cayenne). The chicken is good warm, but really is better at room temperature. Thanks for posting here.
This is a dynamite recipe! I made it from the magazine, and it turned out perfectly. DH and DS complined that it was too spicy, so I will probably leave out the cayenne nexr time.