The BEST Roast Chicken prep in just 5 minutes + video
Easy and delicious grilled chicken that tastes like you spent the day making it! This is the perfect dinner recipe.
This easy and delicious roast chicken takes only a few minutes to prepare, but tastes like you’ve spent the entire day making it – making it the perfect dinner recipe.
Easy Whole Roast Chicken Recipe
Hello again! I’m Alicia from Baker Upstairs and I have a great chicken recipe to share with you today. This easy and delicious roast chicken takes only a few minutes to make, yet tastes like you’ve spent a whole day making it! This is a classic dinner that never disappoints!
My family loves chicken for dinner, so I always have bags of frozen chicken breasts in the freezer. On the other hand, cooking a whole chicken is always intimidating to me! I’m worried it will be expensive and difficult, and it still won’t turn out great.
Now that I’ve made this easy whole roast chicken – nothing beats the truth! In general, whole chickens are very cheap and very easy to make. My 5lb chicken was less than $5, making it a very affordable option for dinner.
How to Roast Chicken
It only takes a few minutes to prepare a roast chicken.
season. Add some simple seasonings and spices, then rub the skin with butter.
bake. When everything is ready, just pop it in the oven. In just over an hour, you’ll have a nice, delicious, delicious roast chicken. Adding butter to the chicken isn’t strictly necessary, but it helps with browning and makes it look prettier. Really, you can’t go wrong with adding more butter!
notes: I like to use a griddle to cook the chicken, but if you don’t have one, no worries! You can easily cook in a 9 x 13 griddle. It takes about 70-80 minutes to cook a 4-5 pound chicken, but it’s best to start checking the temperature of the thigh meat after about 60 minutes.
rest. Once the roast chicken reaches 165 degrees, it’s ready to be taken out of the oven. It is absolutely important to let the chicken rest for a few minutes before cutting it into pieces so it retains its juices.
in the slow cooker
Roast Chicken in the Slow Cooker, just put the whole chicken in the slow cooker, add carrots, onions (breast side up), sprinkle with seasoning and add a little butter. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours, or until a meat thermometer reads at least 170 degrees.
Roast chicken at different temperatures
Chicken can be roasted at different temperatures, but also pay attention to the size of the chicken as this will also determine the cooking time. These cooking times and temperatures are for an average 4-5 lb chicken.
- 350 degrees – 1 hour 45 minutes – 2 hours
- 375 degrees – 1 hour 30 minutes
- 400 degrees – 1 hour – 1 hour 10 minutes
- 425 degrees – 50 minutes – 1 hour
Do you have to roast the whole chicken, covered or uncovered? It’s up to you (it’s up to you. Covering it will give the skin a softer feel, uncovering it will brown and crisp the skin a bit.
service + storage
I love Serve this easy roast chicken with Mashed potatoes on one side and fresh lemon wedges on hand to squeeze over the chicken. This is one of my family’s favorite meals and it’s perfect for Sunday dinner! Other pairings for this dish include:
shop Chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. We also like to tear the chicken off and store it in a ziploc bag for a few days for salads, sandwiches, or we freeze them.
freeze Grill the chicken for later. To do this, wrap tightly in foil and place in a freezer-safe bag. We try to use it within 6 months.
Recipe with leftover chicken:
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
10 minute break
Total time 1 hour 20 minutes
Serving Size 6
by Lil’ Luna
- 1 4-5 lb whole chicken
- 2 tablespoons butter softened
- salt and pepper
- 1 large lemon cut into quarters
- 3-4 sprigs rosemary
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. To prepare the chicken, pat it dry with a paper towel and remove the giblets and/or gravy bag.
Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Put lemon and rosemary in the cavity. Tie the drumsticks together with kitchen twine. Spread butter on top of skin.
Place chicken in a roasting pan or 9 x 13 pan. Cook for 60 minutes, then check the temperature at the thickest part of the thigh. Continue to cook the chicken, checking every 10 minutes, until it reaches 165 degrees.
Remove the chicken from the oven and let it sit for 10-15 minutes before serving.