Oven Roasted Whole Chicken Recipe

Roasted Whole Chicken is a juicy, and easy-to-make chicken dish loaded with fresh flavors and a crispy exterior. It is usually made with a whole chicken, basic seasoning marinade, and herbs and roasted at a perfect temperature. The recipe I have shared here shows you how to Roast Chicken in the oven with easy step-by-step instructions for you to try and enjoy at home.

I have also shared a detailed video of this recipe below to make the cooking process simple and clear. This Oven Roast Chicken is one of the best whole chicken recipes that can be a treat for lunch and dinner. And the best part is it is refrigerator and freezer-friendly if you are looking for easy and quick meal planning.

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What is Roasted Chicken?

Roasted Chicken is a crispy, juicy, and flavor-bursting chicken dish. It is usually made with a whole chicken, basic or specialized seasoning marinade, and herbs. This Oven Roasted Whole Chicken is one of the best crowd-pleasing chicken recipes that are perfect for lunch, dinner, or get-togethers.

Planning to roast a chicken for your family dinner or a get-together? Whether it is for lunch or dinner, this super juicy whole chicken loaded with fresh flavors will not disappoint you.

This Roasted Chicken is perfect to serve warm immediately or can be stored for later use if you are planning for meal preparation in the future. I have also shared some tips and ideas below that I hope will help you to cook the best chicken lunch or dinner meal.

Ingredients

The ingredients you will need to make this Roasted Chicken are basic seasoning powders and herbs. And they should be easily available in most grocery stores around. So let’s see what they are below.

Roasted whole chicken ingredients placed on a gray table
  • Chicken – Whole chicken with skin, remove the giblets like liver, gizzard, or neck part if placed anything inside the cavity
  • Seasoning Powders – Basic seasoning powders like ginger, garlic, onion, pepper, and chili powder and salt
  • Lemon – Using Lemon juice for marinade and lemon wedges in the cavity delivers a citrusy and lemony taste to your chicken
  • Oil – Any neutral tasting oil or butter for rich flavor
  • Garlic – To insert in the cavity of the chicken and deliver a fresh garlicky aroma
  • Herbs – I have used mint leaves, but feel free to use rosemary, thyme, or other fresh herbs that are handy to you

For a detailed ingredients list, Please check out the recipe card below.

How to Cook or Roast Whole Chicken in Oven?

The recipe I have shared here is a juicy Roasted Whole Chicken in the oven. This whole chicken recipe is made with a simple seasoning marinade that can be easily customizable.

Whole roasted chicken in a white ceramic baking tray with lemon slices

Following are the high-level instructions to make this recipe but for detailed step-by-step instructions with photos and video, please check out the recipe card below.

  • Add – Add ginger, garlic, onion, pepper powder, chili powder, and salt to a bowl. Give it a good mix
  • Combine – Add 1 tbsp of lemon juice and 2 tbsp of oil and mix well until everything gets incorporated. Now the marinade for roasting the chicken is ready
  • Slit the chicken – Now take the cleaned whole chicken and make a slit near the breasts and legs using a sharp knife. Doing this way helps the chicken to absorb the marinade well
  • Season – Add a generous amount of marinade all over the chicken and rub it well
  • Insert the aromatics – Add 2 sprigs of mint leaves, garlic, and lemon wedges inside the cavity of the chicken. Using a small twine tie the legs of the chicken
  • Transfer – Now place the seasoned whole chicken in an oil-greased baking tray
  • Bake and Roast – Place it in a preheated oven at 375° F and bake the chicken for 1 hour and 20 minutes. I would also recommend basting the chicken every 20 minutes which delivers excellent taste and flavor. And I would also suggest switching the baking mode to broil and roasting the chicken for the last 5 to 7 minutes. This helps the skin to nicely crisp up
  • Remove and Serve – Now remove the Roasted Chicken from the oven and it is ready for you to taste and enjoy

Tips

  • Seasoning – Seasoning marinade plays an important factor in achieving an excellent taste and flavor for your chicken. I have used a basic seasoning marinade but you can always feel free to customize your seasonings
  • Cavity Ingredients – Inserting ingredients like lemon wedges, garlic, and mint leaves delivers a fresh aroma and taste to your whole chicken. Even though I have used mint leaves here, you can also use other herbs like rosemary, cilantro, and parsley leaves that are handy for you
  • Other seasoning options – You can also use garlic butter as a marinade for a different flavor and taste
  • Temperature – Oven temperature plays another important role in achieving a juicy and crispy chicken, so I have shared detailed tips on this in the below post section
  • Basting the chicken – Basting the chicken with its juice every 20 minutes helps the chicken to absorb the flavor and also achieves the juicy and moist chicken

How long to Roast a Whole Chicken?

The Roasting time may vary depending upon the size of the chicken. But the 4 lb chicken that I used took 1 hr and 20 minutes to cook thoroughly. Also, the roasting time varies depending on the temperature setting you prefer to choose. Whatever the temperature setting, always make sure to check the internal temperature based on FDA guidelines. And they suggest the safe internal temperature for poultry is 165°F.

Temperature for Roasting Chicken

Temperature plays an important factor in achieving a perfectly juicy and crispy Roast Chicken. Here I have used 4 lb whole chicken and I have roasted it at 370°F preheated oven for 1 hr and 20 minutes. And I have switched the baking mode to broil for the last 5 to 7 minutes to achieve a crispy exterior.

However, some people prefer to bake at 370°F for the first 30 minutes and increase the temperature to 400°F for the remaining time to achieve a similar crispy exterior. But the roasting method that I followed gave me a juicy and crispy chicken with a good amount of pan juice which I served alongside.

Storage Suggestions

This Roasted Chicken tastes great and juicy when served warm as soon as it is prepared. But you can store the chicken in the refrigerator for up to 2 days in an airtight container. You can also freeze it in the freezer for up to a month. But make sure to strip the meat and discard the bones before storing them.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this crispy and juicy roasted whole chicken with roasted green beans, roasted broccoli, roasted carrots, roasted asparagusroasted cauliflower, roasted potatoes, ricesalads, or other sides of your choice

You could also find similar recipes below and more at roasted & baked recipes and chicken recipes.

Roasted Whole Chicken Recipe Video

I have also shared a detailed video of this Oven Roasted Chicken Recipe below that I hope will help you to make a delicious meal at home.

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Whole roasted chicken in a white ceramic baking tray with lemon slices

Roasted Chicken

Oven Roasted Chicken is a juicy, and easy-to-make chicken dish loaded with fresh flavors and a crispy exterior. It is usually made with whole chicken, basic seasoning marinade, and herbs and roasted at a perfect temperature. This Oven Roast Chicken is one of the best whole chicken recipes that can be best served for lunch and dinner. And the best part is the chicken is refrigerator and freezer-friendly in case you are looking for easy and quick meal planning.

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Review

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American, Indian

Diet: Halal

Prep: 10 mins

Cook: 1 hr 20 mins

Adjust 4 servings

Ingredients

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Notes

  • Seasoning – Seasoning marinade plays an important factor in achieving an excellent taste and flavor for your chicken. I have used a basic seasoning marinade but you can always feel free to customize your seasonings
  • Cavity Ingredients – Inserting ingredients like lemon wedges, garlic, and mint leaves delivers a fresh aroma and taste to your whole chicken. Even though I have used mint leaves here, you can also use other herbs like rosemary, cilantro, and parsley leaves that are handy for you
  • Other seasoning options – You can also use garlic butter as a marinade for a different flavor and taste
  • Temperature – Oven temperature plays another important role in achieving a juicy and crispy chicken, so I have shared detailed tips on this in the below post section
  • Basting the chicken – Basting the chicken with its juice every 20 minutes helps the chicken to absorb the flavor and also achieves the juicy and moist chicken

Nutrition

Serving: 4serving | Calories: 541kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monnounsaturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 162mg | Potassium: 457mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 579IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg

FAQ

What is Roasted Chicken?

Roasted Chicken is a crispy, juicy, and flavor-bursting chicken dish. It is usually made with a whole chicken, basic or specialized seasoning marinade, and herbs. This Oven Roasted Whole Chicken is one of the best crowd-pleasing chicken recipes that are perfect for lunch, dinner, or get-togethers.

How long to roast a chicken in the oven?

The Roasting time may vary depending upon the size of the chicken. But the 4 lb chicken that I used took 1 hr and 20 minutes to cook thoroughly. Also, the roasting time varies depending on the temperature setting you prefer to choose.

What temperature to cook or roast the chicken?

Temperature plays an important factor in achieving a perfectly juicy and crispy Roast Chicken. Here I have used 4 lb whole chicken and I have roasted it at 370°F preheated oven for 1 hr and 20 minutes. And I have switched the baking mode to broil for the last 5 to 7 minutes to achieve a crispy exterior.

Can I modify the marinade for roasting the chicken?

Yes, you can always feel free to customize the marinade that’s ideal for you and your family

What to serve with Roasted Chicken?

This Roasted Chicken tastes great on its own but you can serve it with roasted green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, salads, or rice for a complete meal.

I hope you enjoyed the recipe that I have shared here and I would love to hear from you about how it turned out for you. Please let me know.

If you have any other questions, feel free to post them in the comment section below and I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.

Happy Cooking!

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