See the slashes…
…so much extra surface area to absorb the flavors.
This simple, yet unusual recipe was created then shared on the Cooking Light boards almost a decade ago by a contributor named Gail. She used a Cuban technique of slashing the chicken which does evoke memories of the shower scene the Alfred Hitchcock classic Psycho…and hence, the name of this dish. The aroma of garlic, thyme and chicken emanating from your oven will have you waiting with a knife and fork in hand. The results are a succulent, flavor infused chicken that I’m certain you will make again and again.
Psycho Chicken…adapted from the Cooking Light boards
Whole chicken (about 3-4 pounds)
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/2 cup dry white wine like Sauvignon Blanc (even vermouth works in a pinch)
Kosher salt to taste (I use 1 teaspoon)
freshly ground pepper
Preheat oven to 325º.
Clean chicken; remove giblets.
Slash chicken all over with the tip of a chef’s knife..the more gashes, the better!
In a small bowl, mix the thyme, garlic, salt, pepper and vinegar. Rub over chicken, taking effort to get mixture into every slash.
Place chicken in a roasting pan (on rack is preferred, but not necessary). Roast about 2 hours, basting with white wine and pan juices every half hour or so.
Serve with the pan juices.