Learn how to roast a chicken and save money while making a delicious roasted whole chicken. This is super easy and much cheaper than purchasing the ready made whole chickens at the grocery store.

Learn how to roast a chicken and save money while making a delicious roasted whole chicken. This is super easy and much cheaper than store bought.

How to roast a chicken

Today we are learning how to Roast a Chicken. Don’t pay double the price of a roasted chicken when you are buying them precooked in the deli.

Instead, take a few minutes to make it yourself. Next time chicken is marked down low, snag it and roast your own delicious chicken.

Knowing how to cook basic recipes such as this whole chicken will save you money and allow your family to eat really amazing food.

I try to keep a couple of whole chickens in the freezer whenever I spot a sale. If they are already at your house, it makes all of this even easier!

Learn how to roast a chicken and save money while making a delicious roasted whole chicken. This is super easy and much cheaper than store bought.

What ingredients do you need to make this roasted whole chicken recipe?

  • whole chicken
  • garlic cloves
  • rosemary
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • olive oil
Learn how to roast a chicken and save money while making a delicious roasted whole chicken. This is super easy and much cheaper than store bought.

How to roast a whole chicken:

Before you are ready to roast your chicken there are two ways to infuse it with flavor and I like to do both so it is flavorful, tender and moist.   The first thing you want to do is a salt brine.

Place your chicken in a large pot or bowl, cover with water and add ½ cup of kosher salt. Place in refrigerator and allow it to sit for 1 to 4 hours.

Learn how to roast a chicken and save money while making a delicious roasted whole chicken. This is super easy and much cheaper than store bought.

Remove chicken from salt water and rinse thoroughly, pat dry with a paper towel.

Now the next step for a perfect homemade roast chicken is to cover it in a homemade rub.

In a small bowl combine the ingredients well for the rub. Now, rub it allover the outside of your bird.

Learn how to roast a chicken and save money while making a delicious roasted whole chicken. This is super easy and much cheaper than store bought.

Learn how to roast a chicken and save money while making a delicious roasted whole chicken. This is super easy and much cheaper than store bought.
Learn how to roast a chicken and save money while making a delicious roasted whole chicken. This is super easy and much cheaper than store bought.

When placing in the roasting pan you can put your chicken breast up or down, I prefer down because it makes for a more tender and moist breast meat which is our favorite part.

Place chicken in roasting pan and place in oven preheated to 350°.

Learn how to roast a chicken and save money while making a delicious roasted whole chicken. This is super easy and much cheaper than store bought.

How long to roast a chicken:

Roast for 20 minutes for each pound plus 15 extra minutes.  For example mine was just shy of 4 lbs. So I left it in for 1 hour and 35 minutes.

Just keep in mind roast chicken cooking times will vary depending on the size of your chicken.

Roast chicken temperature:

To assure your chicken is done place a meat thermometer into inner thigh – poultry should be at 165° F when it is done.  Try not to let it go over this because when you remove chicken form oven it will continue to cook a little, and you don’t want it dried out.

It really does not take long not that you know how long to bake a whole chicken.

Learn how to roast a chicken and save money while making a delicious roasted whole chicken. This is super easy and much cheaper than store bought.

HOW TO CARVE A ROASTED CHICKEN:

Let your chicken rest for 10-15 minutes before carving on a cutting board. This is super important so try not to rush and skip this step.

Now, see this delicious chicken drippings in the pan? Keep those, we are going to make homemade chicken gravy (stay tuned!).

And once you have cleaned all the moist delicious meat off this bird? Don’t toss out the carcass because I am going to show you how to make easy homemade chicken stock.

This stock is nearly free since you already purchased a chicken for your meal. If you make the roast chicken before the stock post simply pop the leftovers in a gallon bag and store it in the freezer until you are ready.

It really does not take any extra time and it is so easy. Plus, it tastes much better than store bought.

We love to save time and money and keep it all simple! You won’t ever find complicated ingredients or recipes around here!

Learn how to roast a chicken and save money while making a delicious roasted whole chicken. This is super easy and much cheaper than store bought.

Now you know how to roast a chicken in the oven!

It might seem like a lot of steps, but it take VERY little work to Roast the Perfect chicken. Let me know if you give this a try and how it turned out for you.

Leave a comment and let us know – Have you roasted a chicken before? It is so simple and the flavor can’t be beat.

Learn how to roast a chicken and save money while making a delicious roasted whole chicken. This is super easy and much cheaper than store bought.

What goes well with roast chicken?

Learn how to roast a chicken and save money while making a delicious roasted whole chicken. This is super easy and much cheaper than store bought.

Try Roast chicken with vegetables for an easy dinner idea.

We also like to add vegetables to the baking pan and the flavors come together for an amazing meal. Plus, it is nice to only have the one pan to clean and side dishes taken care of.

You can use the vegetables your family likes the most. We love carrots, onion and potatoes. It is so delicious.

It is also a great way to clean out your fridge and use up veggies. Get creative! The veggies are always so tasty from baking with the chicken and have an amazing flavor.

Crispy roast chicken is an easy and delicious meal idea!

You can also try this Slow Cooker Whole Chicken Recipe for another easy way to cook a whole chicken. We love this recipe as well and the crock pot makes it easy.

Now, you have two options for making a delicious whole roasted chicken! No need to buy those over priced baked chickens at the grocery store now that you know how easy it is.

Plus, we love being able to make chicken stock and gravy as well.  This is all so delicious and a great way to save money, time and give your family wonderful meals.

I love being able to serve my family really wholesome recipes that also save me money. It is such a great feeling!

Print this simple roast chicken recipe below:

How to Roast a Chicken

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Learn how to roast a chicken and save money while making a delicious roasted whole chicken. This is super easy and much cheaper than store bought.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 369
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • In a small bowl combine these ingredients well:
  • 6 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 Tbsp. rosemary
  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. Ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 whole chicken

Instructions

  • Before you are ready to roast your chicken there are two ways to infuse it with flavor and I like to do both so it is flavorful, tender and moist. The first thing you want to do is a salt brine.
  • Place your chicken in a large pot or bowl, cover with water and add ½ cup of kosher salt. Place in refrigerator and allow it to sit for 1 to 4 hours.
  • Remove chicken from salt water and rinse thoroughly, pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Now the next step for a perfect homemade roast chicken is to cover it in a homemade rub.
  • In a small bowl combine the ingredients and rub it allover the outside of your bird.
  • When placing in the roasting pan you can put your chicken breast up or down, I prefer down because it makes for a more tender and moist breast meat which is our favorite part.
  • Place chicken in roasting pan and place in oven preheated to 350°.
  • Roast for 20 minutes for each pound plus 15 extra minutes. For example mine was just shy of 4 lbs. So I left it in for 1 hour and 35 minutes.
  • To assure your chicken is done place a meat thermometer into inner thigh – poultry should be at 165° F when it is done. Try not to let it get over this because when you remove chicken form oven it will continue to cook a little, and you don’t want it dried out.
  • Let your chicken rest for 10-15 minutes before carving.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 369kcal, Carbohydrates 4g, Protein 24g, Fat 29g, Saturated Fat 7g, Cholesterol 95mg, Sodium 410mg, Potassium 297mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 264IU, Vitamin C 4mg, Calcium 58mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. The rub ingredients are listed in the recipe: garlic, rosemary, kosher salt and the olive oil.