Simple Whole Roasted Chicken


A whole chicken is seasoned with a sweet and savory dry spice rub made with allspice, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon. This combination of unique ingredients makes this chicken dish delicious! It does need to marinate in the fridge for 24 hours, but it roasts beautifully and surprisingly fast once in the oven.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
1 day 20 mins
Total Time:
1 day 1 hrs 35 mins


  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • teaspoon ground cloves

  • teaspoon ground allspice

  • teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 (4 pound) whole chicken

  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed


  1. Mix salt, sugar, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon together in a small bowl until combined. Rub chicken all over with spice mixture. Transfer chicken to a large bowl, cover, and refrigerate for 24 hours.

  2. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C).

  3. Place chicken, breast-side down, on a rack in a roasting pan. Stuff chicken cavity with crushed garlic.

  4. Roast chicken in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) and continue roasting for 15 minutes more. Baste chicken with pan drippings; reduce heat to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) and continue roasting for 30 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone, should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  5. Remove from the oven and allow to rest in a warm area for 20 minutes before slicing.

    close up view of a Whole Roasted Chicken on a white platter
    Bryce Gifford


Leftovers are fantastic for sandwiches, salads, and Mexican dishes.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of spice rub. The actual amount of spice rub consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

387 Calories
23g Fat
2g Carbs
41g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 387
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 129mg 43%
Sodium 900mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 41g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 371mg 8%

* 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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