Easy Roasted Chicken

Easy Roasted Chicken

Your complete Easy Roasted Chicken Guide. Everything you ever wanted to know about cooking a whole chicken in the oven that comes out with crispy skin and moist, juicy meat.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 2 to 4 servings
Calories 300 kcal
Author Tracy


Special Equipment

Roasted Chicken

  • 1 whole chicken
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat your oven to 450°F.

  2. To prepare your chicken, remove any organs from the body cavity of the bird. Pat chicken dry with paper towels and remove any stray feather quills left in the skin.

  3. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper over the entire chicken, inside and out.

  4. Slice off wing tips or tuck them behind the wing in so they don’t burn. If trussing the bird, do so now. Place chicken breast-side up (tail should be on the bottom) in baking dish or roasting pan

  5. Bake for 40 to 90 minutes depending on the size of the chicken (about 1 hour for a 4-pound chicken), until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the meat of the thigh reads 165°F or juices run clear when thigh is pierced with a knife.

  6. Remove chicken from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes before carving.

  7. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Approximate nutritional information is for 6 ounces of roasted chicken.