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Best Roast Chicken Recipe

I have more than just my best roast chicken recipes, check out more chicken dinner recipes at the end of the page.

My roast chicken starts with a dry rub, and needs to chill in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours before roasting.

Best Roast Chicken Recipe

Best Roast Chicken Recipe


whole chicken (chicken above did not have rub on it)

1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp homemade seasoned salt
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp homemade garlic powder
1/2 tsp homemade onion powder
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/8 tsp homemade cayenne pepper(or to taste)
1 TBS garlic, minced

Mix all of the rub ingredients together in a small bowl. Remove the giblets from the cavity of the chicken and discard. Wash the chicken thoroughly and pat dry with paper towels.

Rub the chicken with vegetable oil (or butter) and cover the entire chicken, inside and out with the spice rub. Place in a resealable bag; wrapping again in foil. Chill in the refrigerate to marinate for at least 24 hours. DO NOT skip this step.

PREHEAT oven to 250 degrees and lightly spray a roasting pan with vegetable oil.

Place the chicken in a roasting pan and cook uncovered for 5 hours, or until a meat thermometer reads 170 degrees in the thickest part of the chicken. Drizzle the chicken with the pan drippings and wrap in foil. Let sit for at least 10 minutes before carving.

To make chicken gravy, add a can of chicken broth mixed with 1 tablespoon cornstarch to the pan juices, and let boil till thicken.

In a hurry? Use 5 or 6 chicken breasts or thighs with bone. Skip the onion and marinating. Instead, toss seasonings & chicken in a large oven roasting bag, shake till chicken are all evenly coated. Bake in 350 degree oven for 1-1/2 hours.

Roast chicken leftovers make great meals.  Other than the typical chicken sandwich, why don’t you try chicken and biscuit casserolechicken breast recipeschicken and rice hot dish and even an easy chicken enchilada casserole.  Makes some tasty meals instead of the same old thing.  Before you know it you will be roasting two chickens just to use the leftovers… 

I have more than just the best roast chicken, please check out more chicken meal ideas below.

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