This whole roasted chicken with vegetables is simple to prepare, comforting, and wonderfully tender and juicy in the middle with a well-seasoned, lightly crispy skin! And top tips for the best roasted chicken every single time!
Nothing says comforting family favorite quite like a perfectly whole roasted chicken with vegetables! Whether for a roast dinner, the holidays, or even to prep and use across several meals, this baked whole chicken will hit the spot. Plus, following a simple method and a few top tips, you’ll never have to worry about dry, rubbery, or tasteless chicken again!
With plenty of choice of seasonings, accompanying veggies, and serving options, once you’re comfortable with the method for this juicy roasted chicken recipe, the sky is your limit! So keep reading for my favorite whole roast chicken with vegetables and other options to fit your mood and taste buds.
This method focuses on achieving deliciously tender, juicy, fall-off-the-bone flesh with lightly crispy skin. But I’ve included several tips on achieving even crispier skin without risking dry meat. Best of all, it’s cheaper to make than grocery store rotisserie chicken, adaptable, and usually contains far less sodium.
Once cooked, enjoy the simple whole roast chicken as part of a roast dinner, save the drippings to make brown gravy, slice or shred into soups, salads, pasta, casseroles, and more, and even freeze some for later. Did I mention that this simple roast chicken recipe is the gift that keeps on giving?!
Want to achieve similar results with super crispy skin in less time? Check out my recipe for air fryer whole chicken.
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Roasted Chicken Ingredients
At its most basic, you can make a simple whole roasted chicken recipe with just chicken, oil or butter, and salt and pepper. However, for this version, I use:
- Chicken: Use a whole, clean, skin-on chicken. Mine was 4.4lb (2kg), the perfect size for a family of 4 (or 1-2 with leftovers).
- Butter: Use salted or unsalted butter for rich flavor. A neutral, high-heat oil would also work.
- Water: To pour into the pan and encourage steaming for a tender, juicy roasted whole chicken. Vegetable broth or chicken broth would also work.
- Seasoning: Check the recipe card below for some of my favorite whole baked chicken seasonings. For this recipe, though, I used the following:
- lemon juice
- minced garlic and ginger
- kosher salt
- black peppercorns
- star anise
- bay leaves
- Vegetable Stuffing: Stuffing the oven-baked whole chicken with veggies further helps to add flavor and lock in moisture. I used:
- Carrots: Mini carrots, whole, or large carrots, chopped into 2-inch pieces.
- Small onions: Peeled but whole.
- Bell pepper: Chopped into 2-inch pieces.
- Celery: Trimmed and chopped into 2-3 smaller sections.
- Fresh rosemary.
You can experiment with making this whole-baked chicken recipe with several other veggies. I.e., turnips, parsnips, potatoes, etc. Chop them down into 2-inch pieces.
How to Roast a Whole Chicken
Learn how to cook a whole chicken in the oven in just a few simple steps.
Prepare the Chicken
Bring the chicken to room temperature for 20-30 minutes before preheating the oven to 400ºF/200°C. Pat it dry with paper towels.
Then, melt the butter in a microwave-safe dish. Meanwhile, mince the garlic and ginger, and combine them with the melted butter, lemon juice, vinegar, and salt. Mix.
Next, transfer the chicken to a deep baking dish. Season the inside and out with the buttery mix – you can brush or rub it into the chicken.
Then stuff the cavity (remove the giblets first, if there are any) with the combination of vegetables and rosemary, spreading any remaining veggies across the roasting pan around the chicken (breast side up).
Sprinkle the various spices (bay leaves, cardamom, peppercorns, star anise, crushed cinnamon stick) over the dish.
Finally, pour the water (or broth) into the dish. If you have any leftover butter, baste the chicken once more. Then cover the dish with foil.
How Long Does It Take to Roast a Chicken
Start by roasting a whole chicken for 45 minutes. Then, remove the foil and pour out all the liquid (drippings) from the baking sheet. Optionally, add a little more butter or oil to the top of the chicken to encourage crispier skin.
These chicken drippings can be saved to make chicken gravy, au jus, or homemade chicken stock. You can also add them to soups, etc.
Return to the oven and cook for a further 20 minutes, uncovered, broiling the whole baked chicken for several minutes in the end for a more golden-brown crispy top.
For crispier chicken and vegetables, use a pan with a rack, so the water is underneath the chicken and vegetables rather than surrounding them.
Finally, remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes, loosely covered with foil, to allow the juices to settle. Then carve and enjoy the best roasted chicken you’ve ever had.
How to Carve a Whole Roasted Chicken
Now that you’ve learned how to roast a chicken, you need to know how to carve it.
I prefer to pull the legs away first, slicing through the meat/bone (joints) to help as I pull them loose. Next, do the same with the wings.
Then, use the sharp knife to carve downwards to one side of the breastbone (just shy of the center of the chicken) and remove that to slice it into smaller pieces.
Use your fingers to remove any remaining “tricky” bits until you’ve stripped the carcass (which you can use to prepare chicken broth).
How to Freeze Roasted Chicken
To freeze the chicken, ensure it’s sliced (or shredded), and store it in an airtight container or Ziplock bag for up to 3 months. Allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight before re-using.
How to Reheat a Whole Roasted Chicken
Remove the chicken from the fridge 20-30 minutes before reheating, so it requires less heat (thus less chance to dry out).
In the oven: Loosely wrap the chicken in foil after drizzling it with the cooking juices (or some stock/water) and bake at 350ºF/175ºC until warm. The exact cooking time will vary based on the amount you’re reheating and whether the chicken is still whole (25-30 mins) or sliced (10-20 mins).
On the stovetop: Add enough water or stock to coat the bottom of a skillet and heat over medium. Once hot, add the sliced chicken, lower the heat to low, and cook until warmed.
Alternatively, use oil to quickly sauté the chicken. This should help create a crisper chicken while the oil keeps it from overly drying out.
In the microwave: This is the riskiest, as it is easy to become rubbery/dry. Add the sliced chicken to a dish with a few spoonfuls of water/broth and a drizzle of oil. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and heat for 2 minutes. Then check the temperature and continue to heat in 20-second intervals, if needed, until it reaches 165ºF/74ºC.
No matter which method you use, ensure you reheat the chicken to 165ºF/74ºC. Then, allow the meat to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
The Best Sides for Roasted Chicken
There are too many ways to enjoy this whole roasted chicken and vegetables to count. Here are just a few of my top recommendations.
- Roast dinner: Combine the meat with:
- Creamy mashed potatoes or roasted potatoes.
- Brown gravy (with or without the pan drippings)
- Vegetable side dishes like
- Grains: rice, quinoa, couscous, freekeh, barley, pilaf, etc.
How to Use Leftover Cooked Chicken?
After taking your fill of the freshly roasted whole chicken, there’s still plenty of life left in this meat.
From the Fridge
- Pasta salads – like Caprese pasta salad.
- Summer rice paper rolls.
- Sandwiches – like a simple chicken mayo sandwich or a grilled cheese.
- Chicken salad or add to green salads (like a Caesar salad).
- Buddha bowls, grain bowls, or burrito bowls.
- Wraps – like a chicken Caesar wrap or use this tortilla hack.
Added to a Hot Dish
- Soup – like this chicken rice soup,
- Casseroles or stews,
- Tacos or burritos,
- Warm pasta – like chili noodles, garlic lemon pasta, etc.
- To top baked potatoes and sweet potatoes.
- In stuffed vegetables.
Leftover chicken skin can become rubbery, so feel free to discard it!
I urge you not to, as it’s easy to splash your kitchen with harmful bacteria, and any germs will cook off during the roasting period.
Use a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the chicken (the inner thigh by the breast, avoiding bone). To be safely cooked, the chicken must reach an internal temperature of 165ºF/74ºC. To avoid dry chicken, I recommend ensuring it reaches 160ºF/71ºC and allowing the residual heat to cook it the rest of the way while it rests.
Without a thermometer, pierce the meat in the thickest part of the bird and ensure the meat juices run clear (no blood or color).
I have found that the best results use a combination of the two. Covering the meat at the beginning will help lock in the juices while it cooks. Then, remove the foil and allow the skin to crisp up and brown without risking dry chicken.
Covering the chicken with foil will never get the crispest results possible. However, removing the foil part-way and broiling at the end can help. You can also press some butter mixture beneath the skin before roasting.
Alternatively, remove the skin after baking the chicken and shallow-fry it in oil until crispy.
More Simple Chicken Recipes
- Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings
- Perfect Oven Baked Chicken Breast
- Crispy Fried Chicken Breast
- 30-minute Chicken and Rice Soup
- Chicken Brine Recipe
If you try this simple recipe for whole roasted chicken and vegetables, I’d love to hear your thoughts/questions below. Also, I’d appreciate a recipe card rating below, and tag me in your recipe recreations on Instagram @Alphafoodie!
The Perfect Whole Roasted Chicken
- 4.4 lb chicken 1 whole
- 3.5 oz butter melted
- 4 cups water
The Seasoning (refer to the Recipe Notes below for alternative seasonings!)
The Vegetables (Optional)
- 3.1 oz celery chopped into 2-3 pieces.
- 4 oz red bell pepper 1 whole
- 7 oz carrots baby carrots or larger ones chopped into 3-4 pieces
- 6.1 oz onion peeled but whole (small onions) or halved (slightly larger onions)
- 0.5 oz rosemary fresh
- Food Thermometer optional
Step 1: Prepare the Chicken
- Bring the chicken to room temperature for 20-30 minutes before preheating the oven to 400ºF/200°C and pat it dry with paper towels.
- Melt the butter in a microwave-safe dish. Meanwhile, mince the garlic and ginger, and combine them with the melted butter, lemon juice, vinegar, and salt. Mix.
- Transfer the chicken to a deep baking dish. Season the inside and out with the buttery mix – you can brush or rub it into the chicken. For crispier chicken and vegetables, use a pan with a rack, so the water is underneath the chicken and vegetables rather than surrounding them.
- Stuff the cavity (remove the giblets first, if there are any) with the combination of vegetables and rosemary, spreading any remaining veggies across the roasting pan around the chicken (breast side up).You can use a bit of kitchen twine to tie the drumsticks together and keep everything inside.
- Sprinkle the various spices (bay leaves, cardamom, peppercorns, star anise, crushed cinnamon stick) over the dish.
- Pour the water (or broth) into the dish. If you have any leftover butter, baste the chicken once more. Then cover the dish with foil and place it in the oven.
Step 2: Roast the Chicken
- Roast the chicken for 45 minutes. Then, remove the foil and pour out all the liquid (drippings) from the baking sheet. Optionally, add a little more butter or oil to the chicken's top to encourage crisp skin.These chicken drippings can be saved to make chicken gravy, homemade chicken stock, add to soup, etc.
- Cook for a further 20 minutes, uncovered, broiling the whole baked chicken for several minutes in the end for a more golden-brown crispy top.
- Finally, remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes, loosely covered with foil, to allow the juices to settle. Then carve and enjoy.
How to Carve a Chicken?
- I prefer to pull the legs away first, slicing through the meat/bone (joints) to help as I pull them loose. Next, do the same with the wings.Then, use the sharp knife to carve downwards to one side of the breastbone (just shy of the center of the chicken) and remove that to slice it into smaller pieces.Use your fingers to remove any remaining "tricky" bits until you’ve stripped the carcass (which you can use to prepare chicken broth).
How to Store?
- Store: I recommend carving all the chicken and then storing it in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. However, you can also store the whole roasted chicken by wrapping it well (with foil or plastic wrap) on a large dish.Freeze: to freeze the chicken, make sure it's sliced (or shredded), and store it in an airtight container or Ziplock bag for up to 3 months. Allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight before re-using.For food safety reasons, make sure to transfer it to the refrigerator or freezer within two hours of cooking the chicken.Check the blog post for how to reheat the roasted chicken.
- Use a meat thermometer: To ensure the chicken is properly cooked, insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part (the breast of a whole chicken). It needs to reach 165ºF/74ºC.
- Allow it to rest: Allow at least 10 minutes of resting time for the chicken juices to settle and redistribute.
- Cook with the skin on: It will lock in the moisture and flavor while cooking. You can remove it after if preferred.
- For more flavor: Spread the seasonings/herbs under the chicken skin, too. To add extra depth of flavor, use a combination of water and dry white wine.
- Cooking time varies: I used a 4.4lb chicken this time. I recommend adding/removing 15-20 minutes per lb. Generally, I roast a whole chicken for 15 minutes plus 20 minutes per pound, with slightly extra time when the chicken is stuffed. Use a meat thermometer to ensure the roasted whole chicken is cooked.
- If you’re using a frozen chicken: It needs to be fully thawed in the refrigerator and can take up to 48 hours, depending on the size.
- Enjoy with or without the vegetables: Either way, it will taste delicious!
- Chicken seasoning: Homemade or store-bought.
- Simple spice blend: Refer to my air fryer roasted chicken recipe for a simple all-purpose seasoning.
- Garlic & Herbs: Use crushed garlic or garlic powder and dried rosemary, thyme, oregano, or mixed herbs, with olive oil/butter and salt (optionally, add lemon slices).
- Herb/Spice blends: Roasting a whole chicken with herbs and spices is one of the most popular options for plenty of flavors, like:
- Italian seasoning
- Cajun seasoning
- Piri Piri
- Mediterranean seasoning
- Indian spiced: Combine garam masala or curry powder with cumin, turmeric, and ground coriander.
- Lemon/Orange: Add halved/quartered lemons to the pan while cooking the whole roasted chicken and vegetables for a gently ‘perfumed’ flavor.