Simplest Roast Chicken

1 whole chicken, 3 to 4 pounds
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Salt and pepper

Put an oven-proof skillet (preferably a cast iron skillet) into the oven on the lower rack and heat oven to 500 degrees F. Rub the chicken with olive oil and sprinkle it generously inside and out with salt and pepper.

When the oven and skillet are hot, carefully put the chicken into the skillet, breast side up. Roast for 15 minutes, then turn the oven down to 350 degrees F.

Continue to roast about 30 more minutes (45 minutes altogether) or until the chicken is golden brown and registers between 155 to 165 degrees on an instant-read thermometer inserted into the meaty part of the thigh.

Transfer the chicken to a platter and allow it to rest for at least 5 minutes. Carve and serve.