Whole Roasted Chicken Recipes

Nothing combines easy and elegant like a well-roasted chicken. These rave-worthy roast chicken recipes make dinner simply special.

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Juicy Roasted Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 3820
A couple of simple ingredients with no-fuss prep make a roast chicken that many swear is the juiciest they've ever eaten.

Orange Herb Roasted Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 172
This whole roasted chicken turns out terrifically flavorful and tender, and the broth left in the bottom is a perfect gravy in itself!

Roast Chicken Pan Gravy

Rating: 5 stars 56
This is your basic pan gravy technique, and it doesn't matter what the meat is. You can do this for a leg of lamb, a roast beef, a roast pork loin, or a pan-roasted chicken.

Chimichurri Baked Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 10
Chimichurri is a dish from Argentina that is usually served over grilled chicken or steak. This is my version, which may or may not be authentic.

Chef John's Chicken Under a Brick

Rating: 4.5 stars 40
You should use a big cast iron pan for this, but it will also work in a high-quality, heavy-duty stainless steel pan, or other oven-proof skillet. The key is to heat it very well before the chicken goes in. Other than that, there's really no way to screw it up, unless you under or overcook it, which won't happen, since you're going to check it with the thermometer.

Roasted Spatchcocked Chicken with Potatoes

Rating: 4.5 stars 32
There is absolutely nothing better than a perfectly roasted chicken. Wouldn't you agree? Perfect juicy meat and crunchy skin... Thanks to my father and his visit this past weekend, I have learned a new method for roasting a hen -- spatchcocking!

Dry Brined Roasted Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 17
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!

Pomegranate Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 6
Whole roast chicken stuffed with lime, rosemary, and more seasonings, basted with a homemade pomegranate syrup.

Crispy Roasted Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 123
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. Weiss beer doesn't hurt at all!

Butterflied Roast Chicken with Lemon and Rosemary

Rating: 4.5 stars 20
Want to cook whole chicken quicker and more evenly? Remove the backbone with a knife or kitchen scissors to flatten the chicken. The breast meat doesn't dry out, the dark meat is tender and juicy, and there's lots of crispy golden skin to enjoy. Here, it's simply roasted with lemon and rosemary, but butterflied chicken is especially good on the grill.

Best of Both Worlds Roast Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 34
Want a crispy skin on a chicken that's tender and moist inside? Try this...it takes a little tending in the beginning, then you're home free!

Lemon Stuffed Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 41
Use an instant stuffing to make this quick, savory, lemon herb chicken and stuffing dish. A great gourmet flavor that is made in minutes.

Inspiration and Ideas

How to Roast Chicken
You can make the perfect roast chicken! We'll tell you the equipment, seasonings, and cooking tips you'll need, plus time and temperature guidelines.
This Peruvian Chicken Is the Best Roast Chicken Ever
 It's the spice rub. Not only does it taste amazing, the thick wet rub also creates a sensational crust.
Mayo Chicken
Rating: 4.5 stars 139

This is my favorite chicken recipe, which I learned while doing low-carb dieting. I prefer dark meat so I'll use 4 legs and thighs. You can do this recipe with pork chops as well.