Chicken is considered a complete protein source, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Baking a whole chicken and then putting it on the barbecue may sound like a lot of work, but it can actually be prepared in less than two hours by following a few simple steps.

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Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and rinse your chicken under cold, running water. Pat dry with a paper towel and set aside. Combine the salt, pepper, mustard and ginger in a small bowl. When thoroughly mixed, rub the mixture over the entire chicken. Set your chicken in a large roasting pan and place in the center rack of the oven. Bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Take a small saucepan and pour in 2 cups of water, two diced onions and the bouillon cubes. Bring the mixture to a boil. Then ,reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. The onions should be wilted when done.

Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and carefully slide out the roasting pan and pour the onion bouillon mixture over the top of the chicken. Place your chicken back in the oven and bake an additional 40 minutes. Baste your chicken with the bouillon juices, as desired.

Preheat your barbecue to a medium temperature. Then, check to make sure your chicken is properly cooked by placing a kitchen thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken. For safety, the internal temperature of chicken should be 165 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Remove your chicken from the oven and set aside. According to Recipe Tips, “Let roasted chicken rest for 10 to 15 minutes before carving to allow juices to be distributed throughout the meat.” Carve your chicken with a sharp knife and carving fork. Slice the breast meat downward and across the grain. Then, remove the wings and legs by cutting straight down near the joints and use a twisting motion to pull apart. Place the chicken meat on your barbecue grill and sear for three to five minutes on each side. Remove chicken from grill and serve immediately.