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Roast Chicken Recipe

Follow my easy step by step Roast Chicken Recipe made with a simple blend of spices! The end result is tender and juicy chicken, paired with perfectly crisp and flavorful skin.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Resting Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 439kcal


  • 3-4 lb whole chicken
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp thyme dried
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp white pepper
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste

(Optional) Gravy


  • Prep: Preheat oven to 350°F. Drizzle the olive oil over the chicken and use your hands to rub the oil evenly all over the skin.
  • Prep the Dry Rub: Whisk the paprika, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, white pepper, cayenne, and salt together. Sprinkle the dry rub evenly all over the chicken.
  • For the Gravy: If you plan on making gravy, pour the chicken broth into a roasting pan.
  • Roast the Chicken: Place a rack in the roasting pan and place the chicken on top of the rack. Roast for 20 minutes per pound, then increase the heat to 425°F and roast for a final 20 minutes.Rest,
  • Carve & Serve: Let the chicken rest for 10-15 minutes before carving.

(Optional) For the gravy

  • Prep: Pour the drippings from the roasting pan into a saucepan over medium heat and bring it to a bubble. Whisk the cornstarch with a splash of water.
  • Make Gravy: Whisk the cornstarch slurry into the drippings, adding a bit at a time, until the gravy has reached your desired consistency. Taste for seasoning and add salt if needed.


  1. Using your hands is the best way to ensure every crack and crevice of your chicken has been seasoned.
  2. You can gently lift the skin from the chicken with your hands and rub extra seasoning underneath for extra flavor!
  3. Don’t skip the increase of heat to 425 for the last 20 minutes. This will give you extra crisp skin.
  4. If you're freezing your leftovers, you can store the chicken in individual sized containers for easier thawing or you can shred the remaining chicken (to save space).
  5. Transfer your leftover roast chicken to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  6. To freeze your leftovers, store in an airtight container for up to 4 months.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 715mg | Potassium: 391mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 773IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 2mg