Tender and juicy oven roasted chicken made with a whole chicken, slathered and basted in savory herb and garlic infused butter, and roasted to a golden brown perfection!
This recipe pairs well with these Southern Collard Greens, or this Squash and tomato bake! Also, checkout these Herb Butter Cornish Hens for another dinner option.
- Why You'll Love this Oven Roasted Chicken Recipe
- Is it hard to cook a whole chicken?
- What is the difference between oven roasted chicken and baked chicken?
- Oven Roasted Chicken Ingredients:
- Basting the chicken:
- Let's talk about preparing the Tender and Juicy Oven Roasted Chicken:
- Pro tip: Brine the chicken overnight
- How to prepare the whole chicken:
- Basting the Oven Roasted Chicken is a MUST!
- Tips for the Best Roast Chicken
- Storing Leftovers:
- Can I freeze leftover cooked chicken?
- Ideas to use leftover Oven Roasted Chicken:
- 📖 Recipe
Roasted chicken is such an easy and bountiful entrée to prepare for dinner. A whole chicken can be purchased for well under $10, and can feed a large family!
Considering we have "said" large family, it's a no-brainer that I have perfected the process of making roast chicken!
Why You'll Love this Oven Roasted Chicken Recipe
- A Crowd Pleaser. No matter what chicken pieces you prefer, whether it's chicken breasts, chicken thighs, or chicken legs, there's something here for everyone.
- Absolutely Delicious. No boring salt and black pepper over here! From the crispy skin to the juicy baked chicken, every part of this bird is slathered in garlic, butter, and fresh herbs so it's incredibly appetizing. And don't get me started on the pan juices!
- Easy to Prepare. Making a group meal has never been simpler. After cleaning and seasoning the chicken, the oven does all the work (aside from a couple of rounds of basting).
- Better Than Storebought. If you enjoy rotisserie chicken, you will love this roast chicken recipe. You may never go back!
Is it hard to cook a whole chicken?
With this recipe and the method I show you, it is basically foolproof. All you need is a little time, some good seasoning, and the key to the juiciness- BUTTER!
Roasting a whole chicken can be pretty intimidating, much like the turkey during Thanksgiving! Maybe it's the fear of overcooking it, the fear of undercooking it, or maybe it just not tasting good!
What is the difference between oven roasted chicken and baked chicken?
One of the main differences between roasting and baking is the temperature the oven is set at. Although both methods take place in a hot, dry, heated oven. Roasting requires a higher heat setting. The high temperature helps achieve a crisp golden brown exterior.
Oven Roasted Chicken Ingredients:
- Whole Chicken: Use one that is about 2-3 pounds.
- Butter: No olive oil is necessary; butter is our fat of choice for this recipe. In order to control the sodium, I use unsalted butter.
- Baby carrots: These taste amazing with the pan drippings.
- Celery: Chopped into large pieces.
- Onion: Chopped into large pieces.
- Lemon: Cut in half and inserted into the chicken cavity. Want more citrus flavor? Add lemon zest or lemon juice to the seasoning.
- Seasoning: I use seasoning salt, paprika, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and onion powder. (If you have time you can use fresh garlic or minced garlic instead of the garlic powder.)
Basting the chicken:
Basting is a method used to help lock in the moisture when roasting at a high heat. This is why you will see quite a bit of butter used in this and many other roasting recipes.
Once the butter is added to chicken, it melts and creates a pool of deliciousness around the chicken. A basting tool is essential for ensuring the outer skin stays moist.
Let's talk about preparing the Tender and Juicy Oven Roasted Chicken:
First-thing-first, be ready to put on some gloves and get down n’ dirty! Seriously though, wear gloves when handling raw poultry. Then open up that chicken, and give em’ a good cleaning.
Some, well almost all, whole chickens come with stuff on the inside. By stuff I mean hearts and gizzards, and well- guts! Sounds super nasty, but it’s not that bad I promise. A lot of chicken companies place the hearts and gizzards in little packages now and just stuff them inside the chicken.
Pro tip: Brine the chicken overnight
This one step makes a HUGE difference! If you do not have time to brine it overnight, at least brine it for 2-3 hours. When you're ready to season, rinse the chicken very well to help get rid of the saltiness.
How to prepare the whole chicken:
If your oven has a roasting setting- put it on that at 375°; if not, just your oven to 375°, and the last 30 minutes you’ll turn it up to 400°.
Once you dig in and clean out the chicken cavity REALLY well, it is time for the fun part. We shall make that chicken delicious now! Separate the skin as much as you can from the actual chicken. Do not remove it, just place your fingers under the skin to form sort of "pockets."
Now season away! Use your seasoning liberally, because depending on the size of the chicken, it can handle a lot of seasoning! Add seasoning under that skin that you just separated as well. Next, add the pads of butter (about ½ tablespoon each) under the skin of the chicken, in as many places as possible.
After you seasoned away, including inside the cavity, add your lemon halves into it. Place your veggies into your pre-greased roasting pan or dutch oven. Veggies serve as a sort of "roasting tray" by lifting the chicken off of the dish a bit. Cover the chicken with foil, not closing it tightly- just a sort of tent. Place it in the preheated oven for 1 hour.
Basting the Oven Roasted Chicken is a MUST!
Take the chicken out of the oven after the first 30 minutes and baste it with the juices surrounding it. Baste it really good, getting between each crevice and wing!
Put the chicken back in the oven for the additional 30 minutes. Once that 30 minutes passes, repeat the basting process.
Now remove the foil from the chicken and place it back in the oven to roast away for another hour. Remove the chicken every 30 minutes to baste it using the juices from the chicken and the melted butter.
This basting step is important to help lock-in the juices of the chicken. Once the full two hours have lapsed, remove the chicken from the oven and allow it to rest for 10 minutes - 15 minutes before slicing it on a cutting board.
Tips for the Best Roast Chicken
- Use a paper towel to pat dry the chicken before seasoning it. Doing so ensures the chicken skin gets nice and crispy.
- The cooking time will vary depending on the size of the chicken and the temperature of the oven.
After it has completely cooled, store the leftover roasted chicken in an airtight container. You may need multiple depending on how much meat you still have. It will last in the fridge for up to 4 days. See below for freezing instructions.
Can I freeze leftover cooked chicken?
Another great thing about making a whole roasted chicken is that you can freeze any leftover meat. Anytime I roast a whole chicken, or even our Thanksgiving turkey, I save the bones and any leftover meat.
Add the bones and meat to a freezer bag, and store it in the freezer for up to six weeks. Pull it out when you're ready to use it, and let it thaw. Once it is thawed out, you can use it in almost any recipe that calls for chicken.
Ideas to use leftover Oven Roasted Chicken:
One of the beauties of roasting your own whole chicken is the volume of meat that comes from it. There are limitless options for using the chicken, which is a great thing!
- Chicken enchiladas are an amazing use of leftover chicken.
- Creamy chicken salad: make sandwiches with it, eat it with crackers, or all by itself.
- Soup: this low-carb chicken potpie soup is delicious.
- Make some chicken alfredo
- These Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas are always a hit.
- Homemade Chicken Chalupas are out of this world!
- Use the chicken carcass to make chicken stock.
- Sandwiches- simply use the leftover chicken meat for sandwiches.
Is it better to roast or bake chicken in the oven?
The best chicken is roasted in the oven. If you want your chicken skin to be crispy you should roast it between 375°F and 425°F.
What temperature should I roast a chicken?
Chicken is safe to eat once it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Insert a meat thermometer or instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken (breast meat or chicken thigh) for accuracy.
Do you roast a chicken covered or uncovered?
Cover the chicken loosely with aluminum foil until the last hour of roasting. This is to ensure that the surface of the chicken does not cook too quickly. It also locks in moisture, resulting in juicy, tender chicken. In the last hour, the skin will crisp up perfectly.
Tender and Juicy Oven Roasted Chicken
Tender and juicy oven roasted chicken made with a whole chicken, basted in savory herb and garlic infused butter, and roasted to perfection!
- 1 whole Chicken, 2-3 pounds
- 1 stick Butter, unsalted
- 2 cups Baby carrots
- 2 stalks Celery, chopped into large pieces
- ½ med Onion, chopped into large piece
- 1 whole Lemon, cut in half
- 2 tablespoons Seasoning salt
- ½ tablespoon Paprika
- ½ tablespoon Italian seasoning
- ½ tablespoon Garlic powder
- ½ tablespoon Onion powder
- Preheat the oven to the roasting setting if it's available at 375 degrees. Cut the stick of butter into about ½ tablespoon pieces.
- Combine all of the seasonings into one medium size bowl, and stir them so that they are evenly mixed together. Spray a 9x13" baking with non-stick cooking spray.
- Clean the chicken very well by rinsing it with cold water and removing anything out of the cavity. Loosen up the skin by placing your finger between the skin and the meat of the chicken.
- Place all of the vegetables in the bottom of the baking dish to help lift the chicken off the bottom of the pan.
- Sprinkle the season liberally underneath the skin of the chicken, on top of the skin, and even in the cavity of the chicken until it is fully covered with the seasonings.
- Place the pads of butter underneath the skin of the chicken in as many places as possible, near the breast, the wings, and the legs. Save at least 2 tablespoons of butter to place directly on top of the chicken.
- Put the lemon halves directly into the cavity of the chicken.
- Tent foil over the dish and place it in the oven. Roast the chicken for 30 minutes, remove it from the oven and baste it with the juices around the pan.
- Place the chicken back in the oven for another 30 minutes, remove it and repeat the basting process. Remove the foil and place the chicken back in the oven.
- Roast the chicken for one additional hour without the foil on it. Be sure to remove it every 30 minutes to baste it with the juices.
- After the two hours, remove the chicken from the oven and allow it to rest for at least 15 minutes before cutting it.
If the roasting setting isn't available, set oven to 375 degrees for the first hour and a half, then up the setting to 400 degrees for the last 30 minutes.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 310Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 1805mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 22g
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I have this in the oven right now. I first placed it in breast side up only because that’s what I’m familiar with but then I noticed in your pictures you have breasts down. I did flip my over but I was wondering is there a benefit to breast side down?
Breast side up or down should not change the delicious flavor of your chicken!
Hi! Can’t wait to try this! Not familiar with the different settings though. Is convection roast the same as the roasting setting you referenced? Thank you!
It is not exactly the same but will definitely yield the same results!
I have a 5.8 lb chicken. How long should I cook it for?!
Since I only made the recipe with a 2-3 pound chicken for a little over an hour and a half; I don't have the exact answer for your size chicken. That said, it should definitely be cooked longer than 1 1/2 hours!
This is the first recipe I've found that is fool proof and I haven't messed it up yet. My family loves it as well.
Could you do a turkey the same? Do you know how much longer you'd have to cook it?
I love to hear that! I've actually been testing a turkey recipe (cooked very similar to this chicken), be on the lookout for it!
My oven does not have a roast setting. Can I use convection instead at 375?
Yes you most certainly can!
I used chicken legs (4.5 lbs) instead of a whole chicken because that’s what I had! It worked just fine! This was so good!
I'm so happy you enjoyed it!
This chicken looks like absolute perfection.
If it's chicken, you can count me in!!
That Chicken looks delicious. I will be trying this recipe soon.
This oven roasted chicken looks absolutely amazing! I will make this for meal prep on Sunday to enjoy during the week.
Thank you LaKita, it is perfect for meal prepping!
I love roasted chicken!! I will have to add your recipe to my Rolodex!!
Awesome! You will enjoy it.
I can smell the aroma from the spices now! Sounds like the perfect blend!
Soooo good!!! Such an easy and handy recipe to have, and the leftovers made excellent sandwiches!!
Thank you! The leftovers make some of the best meals too!
I prefer roasting my chicken over baking any day! The skin is so crisp and flavorful!
I agree! Roasting makes a great difference.