Apple Cider-Ranch Roasted Chicken

I was experimenting with beer can chicken without the beer. This turned out great and it's very easy to make!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
6 servings


  • 1 (3 pound) whole chicken


  • ½ cup dry ranch dressing mix

  • 2 tablespoons granulated garlic

  • 2 tablespoons poultry seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon ground paprika

  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, or as needed

For the Rest:

  • cup apple cider, divided

  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • cup apple cider

  • 1 tablespoon dry ranch dressing mix


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. Rinse chicken and remove insides; dry off with a paper towel.

  3. Combine ranch dressing mix, granulated garlic, poultry seasoning, paprika, and cayenne for rub in a bowl.

  4. Rub chicken with oil. Put 1/3 cup apple cider, onion wedges, and fresh garlic inside the chicken, using onions to block the opening. Sprinkle rub all over using a teaspoon; be sure to coat legs and under wings.

  5. Place chicken on a stand-up roasting rack and set into a deep baking dish. Pour in remaining apple cider and ranch dressing mix.

  6. Roast in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and continue to bake until no longer pink in the center, the juices run clear, and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone, reads 165 degrees F (74 degrees C), about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, cover tightly with foil, and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Cook's Note:

While waiting for the chicken to roast, you can make gravy with the dripping in the pan. Don't forget to add the onions and any remaining ingredients from inside the chicken. Use either a blender or immersion blender to liquefy the onions for a smooth gravy.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of apple cider, onion, and garlic inserted into the chicken. The actual amount of these consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

388 Calories
22g Fat
14g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 388
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Sodium 509mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 4mg 19%
Calcium 38mg 3%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 411mg 9%

* 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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