Our 15 Best Roast Chicken Recipes
A simple roast chicken is the perfect Sunday dinner. Tender, juicy roasted chicken has it all. A roasted chicken is so simple to prepare, make two and save the leftovers for these delicious shredded-chicken dinners — a simple meal that's perfect for weekdays. Check out these top-rated roasted chicken recipes.
Feta Roast Chicken
A tangy, savory feta cheese filling with garlic, lemon zest, and oregano is stuffed under the skin of this roast chicken. "Though the filling appears dry after baking, the taste and texture are anything but," says Chef John. James took Chef John's advice and used creamy feta cheese. "I made it alongside oven-roasted potatoes, says James. "The leftovers were just as good, using the leftover potatoes as home fries alongside a feta omelet. Super easy and super delicious."
Butterflied Roast Chicken with Lemon and Rosemary
To roast whole chicken quicker and more evenly, remove the backbone with a knife or kitchen scissors and flatten the bird. "The breast meat doesn't dry out, the dark meat is tender and juicy, and there's lots of crispy golden skin to enjoy," says foodelicious. "Here, it's simply roasted with lemon and rosemary, but butterflied chicken is especially good on the grill."
Million Dollar Chicken
"This chicken is roasted on thick slices of sourdough bread and slathered with a creme fraiche glaze," says Chef John. "It looks like a million dollars. When you combine the chicken with that sticky, drippings-soaked bread, you're talking about at least a million-dollar taste."
Caribbean-Spiced Roast Chicken
This roasted chicken features tropical flavors of lime, ginger, thyme, clove, and rum. "This chicken dish was delicious," says meg1982. "Besides it tasting great, I loved the way it made the house seem so warm and cozy on such a chilly day."
Whole Chicken Pie
This beautiful bird is stuffed with herbs and veggies, wrapped in shortcrust pastry dough, and roasted until the crust is gorgeous, golden brown, and fused with the chicken skin. Chef John came up with this idea "after seeing a brioche-wrapped chicken selling for $100 at a restaurant."
Chef John's Salt Roasted Chicken
A generous sprinkling of kosher salt is all you need to roast a chicken to crisp and beautifully brown. "This is one of those rare recipes where the name is the same as the ingredient list," says Chef John. "You're going to be so shocked at how flavorful, juicy, and amazing this roast chicken comes out." Serve with a quick thyme and butter pan sauce.
Braise-Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Carrots
This spatchcocked roast chicken goes from stovetop to oven. The bird sits over carrots, onion, and lemon in a simple broth that creates a delicious gravy while the chicken roasts. "This is a terrific one-pan meal," says Elizabeth. "I love it during the winter months."
Sicilian Roasted Chicken
"I made up this one to resemble the rotisserie chicken I love so much," says BramptonMommyof2. Wayne raves, "This is an excellent, simple recipe. I followed the recipe but it would be easy to change the flavors."
Roast Chicken and Vegetables
Here's an impressive roast chicken with potatoes, carrots, and celery. "An easy-to-prepare one-dish recipe," says Chonchos. "A combination of blue ribbon recipes I've found all over the internet and fused together. Feel free to substitute a bit here and there to make it your own."
Juicy Roasted Chicken
Just a few simple ingredients and no-fuss prep create a super-juicy roast chicken. "I never have had a chicken this juicy before; this little trick works and makes the people eating it go silent," says ROBINROCKINGBIRD.
Spatchcocked Chicken on a Brick
"This is a very basic recipe for chicken on a brick," says Bren. "Feel free to brine the chicken beforehand or season it with extra herbs or spices."
Honey Mustard Roast Chicken
"I’m obsessed with this sauce. It’s really versatile, too. I didn’t marinate my chicken; I just used leg quarters and brushed the sauce on at a few stages during roasting. I also had some leeks and a couple of red potatoes in the same pan, which got cooked in all the chicken and sauce drippings. Since I didn’t use the sauce as a marinade, I was able to dip my potato wedges in it without any extra cooking which I think is the move to make this more of a one-pan situation," Abby Platt says.
Crispy Roasted Chicken
"This oven-roasted chicken is inspired by the Brathaehnchen served commonly in Bavarian Biergartens, small shops, and food carts. You can serve this chicken with many side dishes, but favorites are fried potatoes or spaetzle and a nice garden salad," recipe creator Doc Simonson says. "Weiss beer doesn't hurt at all!"
Succulent Roast Chicken
"The perfect roast chicken: tender, juicy, and so flavorful. True to its name, this really was succulent. I stuck to the recipe fairly closely, although I rubbed the herb/olive oil mixture all over the chicken rather than just underneath the skin. I also stuck extra sprigs of rosemary and thyme and a good chunk of onion in the cavity along with the lemon," naples34102 writes.
Orange Herb Roasted Chicken
Butter, garlic, rosemary, and thyme enhance this tender chicken. For a stronger orange flavor, cut up an orange and add it to the broth, reviewer Tyben Rose Mcdonald suggests.