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How To Roast A Chicken

This roasted chicken recipe is the way my grandmother used to make it. This method results in the juiciest chicken! We loved to nibble on the celery after it was cooked.

Roasted Chicken Ingredients

These are the ingredients you’ll need to make the juiciest roast chicken recipe of your life:

· Chicken: This recipe starts with a 3-pound whole chicken. If your bird is larger or smaller, you’ll need to adjust the recipe.
· Seasonings: This roasted chicken is simply seasoned with salt, black pepper, and onion powder.
· Butter: Butter (or margarine, if you prefer) locks in moisture and gives the seasonings something to adhere to.
· Celery: Stuff the chicken cavity with celery for subtle vegetal flavor. Plus, the celery will release even more moisture as the chicken cooks.

How to Roast a Chicken Step-By-Step

Here’s a very brief overview of what you can expect when you make homemade roasted chicken:

1. Season the chicken inside and out.
2. Add the butter to the chicken and the pan.
3. Stuff the cavity with celery.
4. Bake until the chicken is fully roasted.

How Long to Roast a Chicken

In an oven preheated to 350 degrees F, a 3-pound whole chicken should be completely cooked in a little more than an hour. You’ll know it’s done when the meat is no longer pink at the bone, the juices run clear, and an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh (near the bone) reads 165 degrees F.

Roasted Chicken Sides

Looking for delicious inspiration? Explore our collection of 30 Best Side Dishes for Chicken, No Matter How You Cook It. These are a few of the mouthwatering collections you’ll find:

· Simple Broccolini
· Garlic Mashed Potatoes
· Roasted Butternut Squash

How to Store Roasted Chicken

Allow your leftover roast chicken to cool completely, then store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. Reheat thoroughly in the oven or in the microwave.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

“The chicken had a very nice flavor and was very juicy and tender,” says OT. “The only thing I changed is using two stalks of celery instead of one. I’m definitely going to make this chicken again and I may add garlic and thyme next time.”


“The family LOVES it — it’s always juicy and tender,” raves one Allrecipes community member. “The gravy from the drippings is perfect. It’s become part of the regular rotation.”


“I made some changes, but this is my favorite way to make chicken,” says kitty28806. “I add butter under the skin mixed with seasoning. Comes out perfectly.”

Editorial contributions by Corey William