roasting whole chicken tonight

roasting whole chicken tonight

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: Approximately 1.5 to 2 hours

Servings: 4-6

Difficulty Level: Intermediate


  • 1 whole chicken (about 4-5 pounds)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • Fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary) for stuffing (optional)


  1. Preheat Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Prepare Chicken:
    • Remove the giblets from the chicken cavity if they are included. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels.
  3. Season Chicken:
    • In a small bowl, mix together salt, black pepper, paprika, dried thyme, dried rosemary, garlic powder, onion powder, and dried sage. Rub the spice mixture evenly over the surface of the chicken.
  4. Truss the Chicken (Optional):
    • Trussing helps the chicken cook evenly. Tie the legs together with kitchen twine.
  5. Stuff with Aromatics (Optional):
    • If desired, stuff the chicken cavity with quartered lemon, quartered onion, peeled garlic cloves, and fresh herbs.
  6. Tuck Wings:
    • Tuck the chicken wings behind the back or secure them with kitchen twine to prevent burning.
  7. Rub with Olive Oil:
    • Rub the outside of the chicken with olive oil. This helps crisp the skin.
  8. Place in Roasting Pan:
    • Place the chicken on a roasting rack in a roasting pan. If you don’t have a rack, place the chicken directly on a bed of quartered onions or root vegetables.
  9. Roast:
    • Roast the chicken in the preheated oven for approximately 1.5 to 2 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) at the thickest part of the thigh.
  10. Baste (Optional):
    • Baste the chicken with pan juices every 30 minutes for a more flavorful and moist result.
  11. Rest:
    • Once cooked, remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest for 15-20 minutes before carving.
  12. Carve and Serve:
    • Carve the roasted chicken into serving pieces. Serve with your favorite sides.
  13. Enjoy!
    • Enjoy your delicious and beautifully roasted whole chicken!


  • Cooking times may vary based on your oven and the size of the chicken.
  • Ensure the chicken reaches a safe internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) for proper doneness.
  • Feel free to add root vegetables like carrots and potatoes to the roasting pan for a complete meal.

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