Oven Roasted Chicken

Throughout the years I have tried several recipes for oven roasted chicken. I’ve had some pretty bad experiences with some pretty dry, flavorless results.  I’ve tried basic salt and pepper with butter under the skin. I’ve tried making different rubs and putting lemon into the cavity. Last week I was really craving some oven roasted chicken and I think I’ve finally found my favorite combination of spices. It is pretty much a combination of all of the recipes I’ve tried. The result was moist and flavorful and we enjoyed every bite! It even made great sandwiches the next day.


Oven Roasted Chicken Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 1 whole chicken 3-4 lbs, neck and giblets removed
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried sage
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 head of garlic, separated but not peeled
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 4 Tablespoons butter softened



Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.


Combine rosemary, oregano, thyme, sage, salt and pepper in a small bowl.


Clean, rinse and pat dry the chicken.


Rub 1/2 of the spice mixture in the cavity of the chicken.


Carefully separate the skin from the breast and put 2 tablespoons of butter under the skin.


Rub remaining butter and spices all over the chicken.


Place the chicken in a dutch oven.


Pour wine and chicken broth over chicken.


Sprinkle garlic cloves around chicken and cover.


Cook covered for 25 minutes.


Remove lid and cook for an additional 30 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in the thigh reads 175 degrees. Let rest 10-15 minutes. Chicken is done with thermometer reads 180 degrees. Carve and serve.


I sometimes like to tear the chicken from the bone, mix it into mashed potatoes and corn and top with gravy. Not exactly the lightest meal you will ever have but it is comfort food heaven. Enjoy!

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  • Reply
    May 8, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    I have used so many of your recipes, and it seems we have very similiar taste. Tis is the first place I check for something new.
    One way to solve a dry oven baked chicken is to stuff a halved lemon or orange in the cavity. I put in lemon and garlic, and the chicken is very moist and delicious!

    • Reply
      May 11, 2009 at 12:36 pm

      Barbara- I am glad you enjoy so many of my recipes! The addition of lemon and garlic to roasted chicken sounds delicious. Thanks for the tip!

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    Alison Cook
    November 2, 2008 at 10:49 am

    Although I haven’t had much of an appetite lately with this whole pregnancy thing…your food pictures make me want that food bad…so can you please come to my house and cook for me. thanks…

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