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If you think you don’t know how to roast a whole chicken in the oven, or the thought intimidates you, this recipe is for you.  This simple roasted chicken can be made with pantry staples and requires very little prep for tons of flavor!


Years ago, as a new wife, I used to only buy whole roasted chicken in the deli at the grocery store.  I figured it was roughly the same price and less work than doing it myself.


Little did I know that I’d be hooked after roasting my own chicken at home just once!  The wonderful smell, ability to choose the size and quality of chicken and having control over the spices are just a few reasons I now LOVE to roast chicken in the oven.


What to look for when buying whole chicken

I buy a whole chicken about once a month when there’s a good sale on quality chicken at our local grocery store.  When I can find a good price on free-range organic chicken, I go for it.


I’m not 100% all organic, all the time.  Trust me, I know there’s a price difference on organic chicken and it’s not that subtle.  But I could NOT believe the difference I noticed in the flavor and juiciness of the organic/free range chicken.


So anytime you can work it into the budget or find a great deal, it’s definitely worthwhile to go for the organic option.  Less veins and gristle, more tender chicken = deliciousness.


*My absolute favorite chicken comes from Butcher Box.  You can get $30 off your first order here.


(I really need to do a full review of this company because I’ve been super impressed with their products.  Try the tenders also — they’re amazing.)


You can use any size chicken for this recipe.  But you’ll get more bang for your buck – and save time later – by buying a larger chicken and saving the leftovers for other meals.


And don’t forget to save the carcass (appealing word to use in a recipe, right?) for making homemade stock later on.


Just throw it in a gallon ziplock bag and freeze it if you don’t have time to make stock right away.


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Simple Roasted Chicken – Step by Step



#1.  Rinse and pat chicken dry and place in baking pan.  I love my stoneware baking dish for this, but you could also use a cast iron skillet or a dutch oven.  Don’t forget to remove the package of giblets, if included.


simple roasted chicken step1


#2.  Gather your spices:  Paprika, onion powder, rosemary, oregano, garlic powder, cayenne pepper (optional), salt and black pepper.  You can totally experiment with your favorite spices!


Simple roast chicken step2


#3.  Mix spices together in a small bowl:  Approximately: 2.5 teaspoons paprika, 1 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp oregano, 1 tsp rosemary leaves; 1/2 tsp garlic powder; 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional); 1/2 tsp black pepper; 1 teaspoon salt.


#4.  Baste chicken with 3 tablespoons of melted butter OR 3 tablespoons of olive oil. (I prefer butter.)


#5.  Sprinkle/rub spices all over chicken to distribute it evenly.


Whole roasted chicken step 4


#6.  Place in oven preheated to 375 degrees.  Bake until chicken reaches 165 internal temperature, or about 1 to 1.25 hours for a 2.5-3 lb chicken.  You can baste chicken in the pan juices towards the end of the cooking (about 45 minutes in).  Just wait until the spices have mostly baked onto the chicken so that you’re not effectively rinsing them all off!


#7.  Let rest for 5 minutes; carve and enjoy!


Simple roasted chicken- whole oven baked chicken recipe



Freeze any leftover shredded chicken for up to 6 months.



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Simple Roasted Chicken

Simple Roasted Chicken

Blend these spices, or try your own favorites!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes


  • 1 2.5 to 3 lb chicken
  • 2.5 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp rosemary leaves
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp melted butter OR olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Wash and pat chicken dry. Remove giblets; place in stoneware baking dish, cast iron skillet or dutch oven. (Semi-shallow dishes work best.)
  3. Rub chicken down with 3 tablespoons melted butter or olive oil.
  4. Mix together spices in a small bowl.
  5. Sprinkle spices over all sides of chicken and lightly rub to distribute.
  6. Bake at 375 for approximately 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until internal temperature reaches 165 F. (Baste chicken in pan juices about 45 mins into cooking, if desired.)
  7. Let rest for 5 minutes; carve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 288 Total Fat: 19g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 114mg Sodium: 298mg Carbohydrates: 1g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Protein: 27g


Image of chicken and spices with text: Perfect oven roasted chicken

2 Comments on Super Simple Roasted Chicken Recipe

  1. You are brave to cook the entire chicken. I go the easy way out and buy boneless chicken tenderloins or boneless chicken breasts. I cooked an entire turkey a couple years ago and decided then and there that it wasn’t the job for me. 🙂 Maybe your post will inspire me to try again one day! 😉

    • Kristin, I’ve never went back after trying this easy recipe several years ago! But, I say do what method works best for you. Cooking shouldn’t be stressful – and I am in agreement on the turkey, that’s just a lot of bird to deal with. 😉

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