Bourbon Maple Chicken
- 1 whole chicken (3-4 pounds), or 16-20 chicken wing (4-5 pounds)*
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- 2 TBSP. unsalted butter
- 2 TBSP. grape seed or other neutral oil
- 6 large sage leaves, finely chopped
- 1/4 tsp. red chili flakes
- 2 TBSP. Crown Maple bourbon-barrel aged maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Season the chicken liberally inside and out with salt and pepper. Set aside.
- Choose a cast iron or other low-sided roasting pan that will hold the chicken snugly, but don't place the bird in the pan just yet. Instead, pop the pan in the oven to thoroughly heat up, about 10 minutes. (Placing a whole chicken in a super hot pan gives the dark meat a chance to cook faster than the white, giving you a shot at having it all ready at the same time.)*
- Meanwhile, melt the butter with the oil in a small saucepan on the stovetop over medium heat. Add the sage and chili flakes. Cook, stirring frequently, until the sage begins to brown, 1-2 minutes. Add the maple syrup and stir for 2 minutes. If it starts to bubble, turn it down a bit.
- Remove the pan from the oven and carefully place the chicken inside, breast side up. Give the sauce a quick whisk to fully blend it and pour it all over the chicken.
- Roast the chicken in the oven for an hour, basting it every so often, until an instant-read thermometer registers 165 degrees F at the thigh. The skin should look slickly glazed.
- Let the chicken rest 5-10 minutes before carving. Pour the pan juices over the sliced chicken before serving.