This simple whole roasted chicken is the perfect cozy dinner! You just season and bake everything in a dish and you have dinner! I always thought whole roasted chicken was so intimidating, but turns out it’s so easy! It also makes for the best dinner and tons of leftovers to repurpose throughout the week which is what we need in our life right now. Also, the more generous you are with the seasoning the better. When you serve it, don’t forget to drizzle that amazing juice on the bottom on top because oh my gosh it’s magical!
What you need to make simple whole roasted chicken + substitutions:
- Whole chicken- Obviously this is a pretty key ingredient. We love to buy the Bell & Evans whole chickens on sale at Whole Foods whenever they go on. We stock up and add a few to the freezer! Otherwise we buy the organic ones at Costco when we can find them!
- Olive oil- Olive oil adds such a fabulous flavor and fat! It helps the chicken to brown and gives the crispy outside.
- Sea salt & pepper- A key to every savory dish!
- Garlic powder- We use garlic on basically everything!
- Smoked paprika- You can easily use regular paprika if you prefer. The smoked paprika just adds a little extra fun and flavor.
- Dried parsley- We use dried parsley in so many recipes. I love the flavor and color it brings to recipes!
- Butter- Butter makes everything better.
- Veggies- For the veggies on the bottom, we went with potatoes, carrots, and Brussels sprouts. You could use any veggie you prefer or want to use up!
Things we used:
- Le Creseut Dutch Oven– This is our go-to pot! Ours was actually passed down from my mom, which is why it’s blue haha! Usually I’d go for white or black, but regardless the color doesn’t matter. These pots are amazing, they’re definitely pricey but they LAST forever a\nd we use them for so many things! Soup, bread, etc! We have the 8qt oval, but one day I’d love to get this one in white and 9qt!
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Simple Whole Roasted Chicken
For the Chicken:
- 1 whole chicken
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 1-2 tbsp sea salt
- ½-1 tbsp black pepper
- 1-2 tbsp garlic powder
- 1-2 tbsp smoked paprika
- 1-2 tbsp dried parsley
- 2 tbsp butter chopped into little cubes
For the Veggies (optional):
- mini potatoes
- brussels sprouts
- carrots sliced into big chunks
- Chop any veggies as needed! I didn't add measurements because it just honestly depends on how much veggie you'd like to have and can fit in your pan! Pour the veggies on the bottom of the baking dish you're using. You can season them with a sprinkle of sea salt and pepper.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pat dry thawed whole chicken and let it rest at room temperature for 20-30 minutes. Once chicken is dried remove the inward chicken parts, usually in a bag, and coat the chicken with olive oil on both sides. Be sure to cover every part!
- For the measurements for the seasonings, I'd start with the lower end of the seasoning first so start with 1 tbsp and see if you think it needs more! You just want to make sure you cover all the chicken, top bottom, sides, etc!
- Start with seasoning on one side. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, smoked paprika and dried parsley. Flip it over and do the same making sure to cover the entire chicken. Make sure the chicken is right side up and top the chicken with the butter cubes.
- You can be more generous with butter too, there's never too much butter! Plus, it adds a nice flavor to the drippings. Once the oven is heated, slide the chicken in. We used a dutch oven pan so it catches the drippings and locks in the heat, but you could also use a baking sheet or dish if needed.
- We always use a meat thermometer when it comes to cooking meat so we don’t over or undercook and it’s been a game changer! This is the one we use! Let chicken rest for about 15-30 minutes, and then slice and enjoy!
- Cook with the lid on the pot for 40 minutes and then the remaining time without the lid (about 20 minutes or longer depending on size). Then check the internal temperature around that time. The chicken should be 165-170 degrees. It took 60 minutes on our first chicken and about 75 minutes on the second so it just depends on the size of your chicken.
- You can also cook the chicken without a lid completely. This results in a crisper chicken and is delicious. It may take longer to bake so just keep an eye on it and make sure it reaches the internal temperature and that the inside is no longer pink.
- When it's done, remove from oven and let rest for 10-15 minutes. Take some of the juice and pour it over the chicken and veggies. Enjoy!