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Spicy Roast Chicken
1 (3 pound) whole chicken
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C).
Rinse chicken thoroughly inside and out under cold running water and remove all fat. Pat dry with paper towels.
Put chicken into a small baking pan. Rub with olive oil. Mix the salt, pepper, oregano, basil, paprika and cayenne pepper together and sprinkle over chicken.
Roast the chicken in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
Lower the oven to 400°F (205°C) and continue roasting 40 minutes, to a minimum internal temperature of 180° F (85°C).
Let cool 10 to 15 minutes and serve.
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