One-Hour Oven Roasted Chicken

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  • Learn how to roast a chicken in the oven in just one hour! This easy roast chicken recipe is juicy and flavorful, with perfectly crispy skin.

    Chicken dishes are often a go-to weeknight dinner of ours. The whole family loves them and eats them right up! We make all types of chicken dishes, like chicken marsala, balsamic chicken, chicken parmesan and dijon chicken and potatoes.

    whole roasted chicken in a cast iron skillet

    Whole roasted chicken

    Today I’m sharing one of my all-time favorite dinners. This one-hour oven roasted chicken is simple to make and so delicious! The chicken is juicy and flavorful, with a crispy skin that is a must for a roast chicken.

    Cooking a whole chicken (along with a whole spiral ham or turkey) can be intimidating, but this easy roast chicken recipe is perfect for beginners. It’s really simple and the results are so impressive! When my husband and I were first married, this was the recipe I always made for company.

    Oven roasted chicken also has the benefit of being extremely economical. This 5.5 pound chicken was only nintey-nine cents per pound. Score! We love serving it with whole roasted vegetables or a whole baked potato.

    seasoning a raw whole chicken on a cutting board

    Ingredients and supplies

    You don’t need many ingredients or supplies when cooking a whole chicken. I like to keep it simple…it’s easier and let’s the natural flavors of the roast chicken shine through.

    Below is what you’ll need to get started. For more flavor, feel free to stuff the chicken cavity with lemon, garlic and thyme.

    Supplies 

    Ingredients 

    • Fresh whole chicken (5 to 5.5 pounds)
    • Butter
    • Kosher salt
    • All-purpose steak seasoning

    How do you clean a whole chicken?

    Before rinsing the chicken, be sure to remove the giblets and neck from inside the chicken. If this part doesn’t appeal to you, there are brands that sell whole chickens with the giblets and neck already removed. Go for one of those brands!

    Then rinse the chicken well with cold water and pat the skin dry with paper towels. Nothing complicated about it – simply rinse and pat dry!

    roast chicken in a cast iron skillet with a meat thermometer in the breast

    How long do you roast a chicken per pound?

    The roasting time will vary depending on the size of your chicken and the temperature you roast it on. If cooking at 450°F, the general rule of thumb is to roast the chicken for about 11-12 minutes per pound.

    Roast chicken temperature

    You’ll need to use a meat thermometer to check if the roast chicken is ready to remove from the oven. Simply stick the thermometer in the thickest part of the chicken thigh to check if the chicken is done. The roast chicken temperature should be between 160-165°F.

    Note: Once your chicken is done, make sure to let it rest for 10-20 minutes before carving. If you cut into the meat straight from the oven, the juices will run out and the meat will be dry. If you let the meat rest, the juices will redistribute and the meat will be wonderful and juicy!

    carving a baked whole chicken

    How to roast a chicken in oven

    Step 1: Preheat your pan

    Place cast iron pan inside the oven and preheat to 450°F. Preheating the pan helps the chicken cook faster.

    Step 2: Clean the chicken

    Remove giblets and neck from inside of chicken. Then rinse well with cold water and pat dry with paper towels. I don’t worry about tying the legs together, but I do tuck the wing tips under the wings.

    Step 3: Season the chicken

    Pour melted butter over chicken and season with salt and all-purpose steak seasoning.

    Step 4: Roast the whole chicken in oven

    Working carefully, open the oven and slide oven shelf out. Then transfer chicken to the hot skillet. Roast the chicken uncovered at 450°F for about 45 minutes, or until temperature in thickest part of thigh reads 160-165°F.

    Step 5: Let rest, then carve 

    Remove roast chicken from oven and let rest for about 15-20 minutes before carving. Then carve and enjoy!

    oven roasted chicken in a cast iron skillet

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    Roast Chicken Recipe

    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: how to roast a chicken, oven roasted chicken, roast chicken recipe, whole roasted chicken
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 45 minutes
    Let Rest: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 1 hour
    Servings: 12
    Calories: 230
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    Learn how to roast a chicken in the oven in just one hour! This easy roast chicken recipe is juicy and flavorful, with perfectly crispy skin. 

    Ingredients

    • 5 to 5.5 pounds fresh whole chicken
    • 4 Tablespoons butter , slightly melted
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1-2 Tablespoons all-purpose steak seasoning (I like McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning)

    Instructions

    • Place cast iron pan inside oven and preheat to 450°F.
    • Remove giblets and neck from inside of chicken. If this part makes you a little squeamish, try and find a brand that sells them with giblets and neck already removed.
    • Rinse chicken well with cold water and pat dry with paper towels. I don’t worry about tying the legs together, but I do tuck the wing tips under the wings.
    • Pour melted butter over chicken and season with salt and all-purpose steak seasoning. Salt and pepper inside the cavity as well.
    • Working carefully, open the oven and slide the oven shelf out. Transfer the chicken to the hot skillet.
    • Roast chicken at 450°F for about 45-55 minutes, or until temperature in thickest part of thigh reads 160-165°F.
    • Remove chicken from oven and let rest 10-20 minutes before carving. Resting the meat before carving is an important step, because it redistributes the juices and the meat will be wonderful and juicy. Enjoy!

    Notes

    For more flavor: Stuff the cavity with lemon, garlic and thyme.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 291mg | Potassium: 171mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 252IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
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