How To Make Insanely Easy Oven Roasted Whole Chicken

This oven roasted whole chicken is incredibly juicy, has abundant delicious flavors, and the ever so magical perfectly crispy skin!


Is there anything better than an oven roasted whole chicken? It is juicy, it is delicious, and super easy to make!

Roasting a whole chicken is one of those dishes that appears intimidating. But lurking behind its one two punch of taste bud deliciousness, is actually an incredibly simple dish.

An oven roasted whole chicken is a recipe that keeps on giving too! It is perfect for meal prep, because that delicious bird will carry you and your family through the week for dinner.

Because you and I both know that any ‘make dinner easier on mom’ shortcuts there are in life…the better! Having a protein that can be used for meals throughout the week is an epic level mom win! Every.single.time


Ingredients For Oven Roasted Chicken

The ingredients used in this recipe are incredibly simple. But, don’t let that fool you! The butter allows the skin to get nice and crispy. And, something simply magical happens when you add garlic, sage, rosemary and thyme to your chicken.

Let’s not forget about the savory and sweet veggie trio of celery, onion, and carrots too! Seriously, you can never go wrong with those vegetables added to just about anything.

  • butter
  • garlic
  • onion
  • carrots
  • celery
  • sage
  • rosemary
  • thyme
  • salt
  • pepper

Need some recipe ideas for your oven roasted chicken? Be sure to check out this Chicken Enchilada Soup that can be made in 20 minutes!


How To Roast A Whole Chicken In The Oven

You may be intimidated by the thought of roasting, or baking, a whole chicken in the oven. I have been there!

But, allow me to reassure you that you SO got this! It is one of those easy recipes, that you can prep, put it in the oven, and walk away. How easy is that?

No basting, no fluff! Using simple ingredients, and then you just cook that chicken!

With that said, this recipe will allow this baked whole chicken to stand out from the rest. You will have a flavorful chicken that is incredibly juicy, and has a perfectly crispy skin too! Because we all know the crispy skin is where it’s at!

  • Preheat oven
  • Rinse the inside and outside of the chicken and pat dry.
  • Season inside and outside of chicken
  • Stuff the cavity with veggies and herbs. – ALL the flavors!
  • Brush the outside of the chicken with the melted butter. – Magical juiciness and crispy skin!
  • Bake and roast until you reach whole chicken crispy perfection!

See, it is not that intimidating of a recipe at all! And, notice how there is no basting, or checking on the chicken every few minutes?

When it comes to recipes you need easy! First of all, you have about one bajillion other things you need to be doing besides checking on your dinner recipe every other minute. Because you know…laundry, homework, and basically any surface in your home needs cleaned right about now.

oven roasted whole chicken

Oven Roasted Chicken Meal Prep Powerhouse

I am going to let you in on a secret. A pretty fantastical, magical, and life changing secret at that. Okay, perhaps life changing is a bit dramatic.

But, it will save you a TON of time in the kitchen! In particular your time in the kitchen that involves dinner. Ready?

TIP 1: Make 2 oven roasted whole chickens because…

TIP 2: You will use the chicken for different meals the rest of the week!

This may come as a shock, but rarely does my family actually eat the oven roasted whole chicken as is. Say whaatttt?

Now, do not get me wrong! This chicken recipe is amazing served with mashed potatoes and green beans or roasted broccoli. I mean comfort meal for days delicious!

But, you have a busy week ahead. Seems like one meal is simply not going to cut it! You need to stretch this baby as far as you can. And, not drive yourself crazy during the week on trying to decide what to have for dinner.

Enter doubling the recipe! You are already doing this thing, you may as well add another chicken to the list!

Once, your chicken is done resting. Simply shred the chicken meat, or chop, or whatever your precious heart desires. Because this recipe for you is flexible like that! Now you have chicken ready to go into dinner ideas for the whole week!

Another easy meal prep dinner idea are these Freezer Friendly Beef Enchiladas.

Oven Roasted Whole Chicken Meal Ideas

This super easy creamy and cheesy chicken enchilada soup can be made in 20 minutes! And, this oven roasted chicken is absolute perfection in this soup recipe.

  • Roasted Chicken Salad

Chop up some lettuce, fresh veggies, and top your salad with the shredded oven roasted chicken. Also, you could add black beans and corn for more of a Southwestern chicken salad. And, don’t forget to add your favorite salad dressing!

  • Chicken Quesadillas

Add your chopped or shredded oven roasted chicken to some quesadillas with cheese and veggies. Feel free to toss the chicken in some cumin or taco seasoning to give it some added spice.

  • Chicken Tacos

Because tacos are seriously the best! A quick, easy, and delicious family favorite for dinner. Chop up some lettuce, onions, and tomatoes. Toss that chicken in your favorite taco seasoning. And, you are good to go!

  • Chicken Stir-Fry

Add your chopped or shredded oven roasted chicken to some vegetables for a delicious stir-fry. Because you probably already have soy sauce and teriyaki sauce in the pantry. And, can you ever really go wrong with stir-fry? Such a quick and easy dinner idea!

  • Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo or any Chicken Pasta

Also, can we talk about pasta for a minute? You have always got pasta laying around. Take your chopped oven roasted chicken and make a quick chicken fettuccini alfredo. Or, add the chicken in with whatever pasta you prefer. Pasta is A) always delicious! B) super flexible and forgiving!

Do you see where we are going here? By adding a powerhouse protein to the mix, your weekly meal prep is a cinch!

Wrapping Up

You are now no longer intimidated by the thought of oven roasting a whole chicken! And, you are ready to get your deliciously juicy and crispy chicken game on.

You also know how this oven roasted chicken is an amazing meal prep powerhouse! And, you have some super easy dinner ideas to stretch that chicken for multiple recipes throughout your busy week. Because, you definitely are needed more with your family, rather than all up in your kitchen.

Now, tell me. How will you use this oven roasted chicken recipe? Are you going all in with the whole bird for dinner, or use it in other recipes?


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oven roasted whole chicken

Oven Roasted Whole Chicken

  • Author: Amanda | Jasper and Willow
  • Total Time: 1 hr 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This oven roasted whole chicken is incredibly juicy, has abundant delicious flavors, and the ever so magical perfectly crispy skin!


  • 56lb whole chicken – neck and giblets removed
  • kosher salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 1 small yellow onion, quartered
  • 1 med carrot cut into sticks
  • 2 celery stalks halved
  • 1 head garlic peeled
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme
  • 1 bunch fresh sage
  • 1 bunch fresh rosemary
  • 2 tbsp or 1/4 stick unsalted butter melted


  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. Remove giblets and neck from chicken
  3. Rinse the inside and outside of whole chicken.
  4. Remove any excess fat and pat dry.
  5. Liberally salt and pepper inside of the chicken.
  6. Stuff the chicken cavity with onion, carrots, garlic, celery, thyme, sage, and rosemary.
  7. Brush the outside of the chicken with the melted butter.
  8. Sprinkle outside of the chicken with salt and pepper.
  9. Place chicken on roasting pan, or baking sheet with rack placed inside of sheet.
  10. Roast chicken in oven for 1 1/2 hours. Or, until juices run clear and chicken reaches internal temperature of 165.
  11. Remove chicken from oven and cover with foil.
  12. Allow whole chicken to rest for 20 minutes.


This oven roasted whole chicken is a meal prep powerhouse! Shred your chicken meat and use it in salads, soups, and even tacos for the entire week.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 1/2 hours
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baking/Roasting
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 4
  • Calories: 580
  • Fat: 15g
  • Carbohydrates: 38g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Protein: 47g

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