18 Roasted Chicken Recipes to Add to Your Dinner Arsenal

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When you think of the classic family meal, a vision of someone taking a succulent roasted chicken out of the oven often comes to mind. With its reputation as a classic recipe, roasted chicken makes a simple, always satisfying meal. How long it cooks will depend on the size bird you choose—to be safe, give yourself at least 90 minutes of preparation time. Always defrost your bird entirely and check the cavity for gizzards before cooking. Pat the skin dry before seasoning for the crispiest skin and always use the pan the recipe calls for since the type of vessel and how the bird sits in the pan can affect the final result.

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    Iron Skillet Roasted Chicken

    Iron skillet roasted chicken.
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    Roasting this smaller-sized bird in a cast-iron skillet makes it cook fast enough for a weeknight meal. The garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme, and paprika probably already live in your spice cabinet so you can put it together quickly even after a long day. Add roasted or baked potatoes and steamed veggies for a rounded supper.

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    Classic Sunday Roast Chicken

    Sunday Roast Chicken

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    Don’t let the name fool you, this classic roast chicken tastes great any day of the week. Plenty of butter gives it a crisp, golden skin and tender meat on the inside. Garlic and white wine add additional flavor that enhances the beautiful bird.

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    Lemon Roast Chicken

    Roasted Chicken Dinner with Lemon, Potatoes, Carrots and Rosemary
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    Zesty lemon contrasts with rich butter to give this roast chicken an especially zippy flavor. When the bird finishes cooking, its pan juices combine with a little white wine to form a delicious gravy for serving over carved meat. A whole bulb of garlic adds extra depth of flavor.

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    Bacon and Sage Roast Chicken

    Roast Chicken With Bacon and Sage

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    Smoky bacon and earthy sage give roast chicken a different flavor that tastes almost like a chicken club without the accoutrements. For extra moisture and a little sweetness, try stuffing the cavity with an apple or pear and some additional garlic.

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    Persian Roast Chicken

    Persian Roast Chicken

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    The addition of saffron, cinnamon, and cumin give this bird a warm Middle Eastern profile. Clementines lend a sweet and sour element that's characteristic of Persian cuisine, but other oranges will work if you can’t find the smaller citrus.

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    Spatchcocked Spicy Roast Chicken

    Spatchcocked (butterflied) whole chicken.
    Leah Maroney

    By spatchcocking a chicken, you can dramatically reduce the cook time and encourage the bird to cook more evenly to prevent dry breasts and underdone drums. The method may seem intimidating at first, but home cooks can master it by carefully following directions. Classic dressings give the chicken a deliciously traditional flavor leveled up with some spicy red pepper.

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    Chicken Under a Brick

    Chicken Under a Brick

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    Chicken under a brick is also a roasted spatchcocked recipe, and you will need bricks. The foil-wrapped weights keep the chicken flat while it cooks so every bit is done to perfection. This recipe uses a rub of thyme, rosemary, and garlic for a wonderful flavor the whole family will enjoy.

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    Pan-Roasted Chicken

    Pan-Fried Chicken

    The Spruce Eats / Elaine Lemm

    There's no need to roast an entire chicken. This simple pan-roasted chicken recipe uses quartered chicken or individual pieces so the cooking time is sped up considerably. To make it even more tempting, the recipe includes an easy dry white wine and cream sauce to serve on the side.

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    Cuban Mojo Chicken

    Cuban Mojo Chicken

    Anita Schecter

    Sour orange (also called Seville orange) is the key ingredient in this traditional Cuban chicken, but since it can be hard to find in the U.S. this recipe substitutes a combination of navel orange and lime. A whole chicken marinates in a citrusy mixture including cilantro, garlic, cumin, and oregano and is then roasted, resulting in a juicy and flavorful bird.

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    Thai Lime Roast Chicken

    Thai Lime Roast Chicken

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    A lime, fish sauce, vinegar, and chili marinade tastes like all of your favorite parts of Thai takeout right from your own oven. The marinade becomes a deliciously sour, sweet, and spicy sauce over the course of cooking. For a more assertive taste, pump up the chili.

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    Five Spice Roasted Chicken

    Roast Chicken With Five-Spice Powder

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    Marinating this chicken in its soy, ginger, and five spice powder sauce for at least four hours or overnight lets the flavors soak into the bird, giving it a deeper, more complex taste than simply rubbing them on the skin. Before roasting, you can also tuck a few slices of ginger and knotted scallions under the skin for even more punch.

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    Indian Stuffed Roast Chicken

    Indian-Style Stuffed Roast Chicken

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    Taking the sweet and sour flavors of Indian cuisine and stuffing them into a chicken makes a delightful fusion meal. A combination of spiced beef, potatoes, onion, and peas stuffed inside the cavity eliminates the need for side dishes for a wonderful one-pot supper.

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    Greek-Style Roast Chicken

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    Fans of Greek chicken dishes will likely recognize the lemon, olive oil, garlic, and oregano flavors embodied in this preparation. Traditional Greek cooks won’t measure the seasonings, but if you don’t feel comfortable freestyling, we’ve included measurements to get started. If it seems too mild, just add more.

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    Roast Chicken with Basil and Garlic

    Whole Roast Chicken With Garlic and Basil

    Diana Rattray

    Lots of fresh basil and garlic gives this simple roast chicken recipe a lovely, herb-scented and pungently garlicky element. Stuff a few whole basil leaves under the skin for even more flavor and a pretty presentation. Serve with fresh roasted vegetables, a green salad, and some baked potatoes for a well-rounded meal.

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    Quick Pesto Roasted Chicken

    Easy Pesto Roasted Chicken

    Diana Rattray

    Just a jar of bottled pesto and a whole chicken stand between you and a deliciously simple supper. Homemade pesto would also taste wonderful in this preparation. Use up leftover fresh basil by making pesto for this dish, which tastes even fresher with the homemade version.

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    Curry Glazed Roast Chicken

    Roasted Chicken With Curry Rub

    Diana Rattray

    Spicy curry powder, lemon, cumin, and ginger gives the skin on this roast chicken an assertive Indian flavor. A sweet glaze made from mustard and peach or apricot jam or preserves contrasts beautifully with the spices, too. Serve it with rice or potatoes for a starchy side that will complement the sticky sauce.

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    Orange Roasted Chicken

    Roasted Chicken Orange
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    Sweet and sour orange juice gives this roast chicken a lovely light citrus note, while rosemary adds an herbal element that tastes like a special occasion without requiring any hard work. The drippings become a flavorful orange sauce to spoon over the finished product.

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    Classic Stuffed Chicken

    Whole stuffed chicken recipe

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    For a smaller family get-together on Thanksgiving or another holiday, chicken can make a better option than turkey. This traditional preparation includes both stuffing for the cavity and a pan gravy for serving on the side. Some urban myths maintain that stuffing the bird can result in bacterial contamination, but that should not present a problem if you cook it thoroughly to temperature.