Dry Brined Roasted Chicken


After years of dealing with the mess of a wet brine, I came across the technique of dry brining. So easy and so tasty. My family raves about it and I hope yours does too. Use the drippings as a great base for gravy. This method is great on turkey as well!

close up view of Dry Brined Roasted Chicken in a roasting pan
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Additional Time:
1 day 20 mins
Total Time:
1 day 2 hrs 30 mins
1 chicken


  • 1 whole chicken

  • 2 tablespoons salt, or as needed

  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest

  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme


  1. Remove chicken from packaging, remove giblet packet from cavity, and pat thoroughly dry with paper towels. Place in a 9x13-inch baking dish.

  2. Mix salt, orange zest, rosemary, and thyme together in a small bowl; rub 3/4 of the mixture all over outside of chicken; rub remaining mixture inside cavity. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 to 3 days.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Remove plastic wrap from chicken.

  4. Bake chicken in preheated oven until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, 2 to 2 1/2 hours depending on size. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Remove chicken from the oven, cover with a doubled sheet of aluminum foil, and allow to rest in a warm area for 20 minutes before carving.


Cook's Notes:

A good rule for the salt mixture is 1 tablespoon per 5 pounds.

I prefer fresh herbs if I have them on hand, but either work fine.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

161 Calories
6g Fat
0g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 161
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 1816mg 79%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 223mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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