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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Orange Herb Roasted Chicken

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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

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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.
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Chimichurri Baked Chicken

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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

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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.
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Roasted Spatchcocked Chicken with Potatoes

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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

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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

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Basting a chicken with a sweet pomegranate reduction makes a lovely dish for Seder.
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Braise-Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Carrots

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A spatchcock chicken sits atop a simple broth with carrots, onion, and lemon, creating a delicious gravy while roasting.

Crispy Roasted Chicken

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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

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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.

Juicy Roasted Chicken

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My grandmother's recipe for roasted chicken. We are German and she used to do it this way all the time. I never have had a chicken this juicy before; this little trick works and makes the people eating it go silent. It's funny. We nibble on the celery after.

Cornish Game Hens with Garlic and Rosemary

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Crusty garlic bread and a nice light Chianti wine complement this meal very well.

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.

Spicy Rapid Roast Chicken

"Turned out great. I'll make this over and over again." – Donna

Chicken Hurry

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This is a quick and easy dish to make. Great for potlucks, family dinners, or cold the next day with salad for a picnic. This sauce is also great on pork spare ribs. Serve hot with rice and salad.