It can often seem intimidating to roast an entire chicken, but it is actually very simple.
Some of the benefits of roasting the entire chicken compared to individual pieces such as thighs or drumsticks, is that you have more meal options. You can make everything from chicken breast and mashed potatoes, chicken salad, chicken and dumplings and many more. It is also often more economical, since you typically get more pounds per dollar.
1 whole fryer chicken
Olive or avocado oil
1 tablespoon Butter (melted)
1. Preheat oven 350 F degrees
2. Remove giblets (if present) from chicken
3. Place chicken on a roasting pan. Tie or pin legs if desired.
4. Season inside cavity of chicken with seasonings- salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning.
5. Drizzle oil and melted butter on the outside of the chicken. Season with salt, pepper, onion power, garlic powder, Italian seasoning and paprika. Rub seasoning and oil into the chicken skin lightly.
6. Roast for 60 minutes – 75 minutes until internal temperature reads 165 F degrees.
7. Baste while cooking half way. Tip: cover with aluminum foil if chicken is browning too quickly.