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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 300kcal
Author Tracy


Special Equipment

Roasted Chicken

  • 1 whole chicken
  • Salt and pepper


  • Preheat your oven to 450°F.
  • 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.
  • Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper over the entire chicken, inside and out.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Remove chicken from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes before carving.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Approximate nutritional information is for 6 ounces of roasted chicken.


Calories: 300kcal